Commvault Distributed Storage vs StarWind HyperConverged Appliance comparison

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We performed a comparison between Commvault Distributed Storage and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"Commvault is a user-friendly tool, so most people are happy to adopt this solution."

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"UI Options are simple and easy to find.""The customer service has been the most valuable feature of the product to me.""I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop.""The setup was easy to deploy, and management is simplified compared with traditional SAN solutions.""We opted for 24-hour monitoring and support, which has already paid for itself.""The easy way everything can be configured and ready to run in less than a day is great.""Live migration between nodes was quick and simple.""The high-quality hardware options, directly affecting performance, have significantly improved the user experience and are well worth the cost."

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"NAS backups and BNP protocol backups could be improved. We require some more advanced features. I would also like some features that would enable us to deploy faster, like an orchestrator or something."

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"I'd like a better UI and some limitations on "breaking it."""Shipping options should be explained in detail and offer more white glove delivery options even if it comes at an additional cost for some SMBs without docks.""Maybe they could have a support portal that you can have direct access to a current support representative.""It would be nice if it were possible to do the ISCSI setup that you do on Windows directly in the management GUI of StarWind.""The only area that surprised me had to do with the fact that each host runs a StarWind virtual machine used to maintain the health of the vSAN, which individually uses 24GB of memory per host. You should keep this in mind when determining the resources you will need when selecting hardware and components for your specific setup. If I knew that, I would have chosen to add more memory per host to make up for the use.""The only thing that can use improvement is the StarWind Management Console and Command Center.""The only issue we have seen is with the StarWind Server Manager. We have had to continually reboot the server in order to use it.""The response time is usually several hours after the issue occurred."

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  • "The HCA price is all-inclusive (setup, hardware, support, warranty), except for your standard Microsoft Server licensing."
  • "I was able to bring the price per year down by going out to a five-year plan."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Commvault is a user-friendly tool, so most people are happy to adopt this solution.
    Top Answer:NAS backups and BNP protocol backups could be improved. We require some more advanced features. I would also like some features that would enable us to deploy faster, like an orchestrator or… more »
    Top Answer:Commvault Distributed Storage is a great solution for small and mid-sized enterprise accounts. Around 220 clients are working with this. We always use it in any migration projects requiring more… more »
    Top Answer:The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment.
    Top Answer:My only concern was with the terms and conditions of the proactive support. Our legal department didn't accept them, so we weren't able to take advantage of it. Having the heartbeat monitor working… more »
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    Commvault® Distributed Storage delivers a modern, distributed approach to storing and protecting data on premises and in the cloud. CDS provides resilient yet simple distributed architecture for all modern workloads. Organizations can now have the predictability to grow with changing business requirements, converging digital services across both private and public cloud infrastructure to maximize their flexibility and overcome the rigidity and poor economics of traditional storage.

    Commvault® Distributed Storage natively spans multiple racks, datacenters, or sites across geographies and public cloud environments. It is truly software-defined, transforming commodity hardware into the most advanced storage solution available today for any hypervisor, application, or container environment.

    Commvault Distributed Storage Features:

    Predictable: Scale-out provides predictable performance, scale, and costs, giving you the flexibility you need as your business evolves. Automated and dynamic storage provisioning, integration with container orchestrators, and the ability to enable portable, persistent storage for containers with easy migration of applications between data center and public cloud helps you accelerate DevOps and drive innovation.

    Resilient: The distributed systems architecture distributes data across multiple locations – from on-premises data centers to the cloud – as it’s written. This distributed write maximizes availability and protects data from hardware failures from a single disk to an entire site, improving disaster recovery planning.

    Simple: Whether your data is on-premises or in the cloud, across block, file, or object storage, you can manage all of it with a single storage platform with a simplified presentation layer. The platform caters to specific workload needs with unique provisioning policies to ensure workload availability across environments while enabling the right storage technology (deduplication, compression, encryption, etc.) for the application.

    For SMB, ROBO and Enterprises, who look to bring in quick deployment and operation simplicity to virtualization workloads and reduce related expenses, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor of choice, StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN and associated software into a single manageable layer. The HCA supports scale-up by adding disks and flash, and scale-out by adding extra nodes.

    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance consists of StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct or VMware Virtual SAN “Ready Nodes”, targeting those, who are building their virtualization infrastructure from scratch. In case there is an existing set of servers, we offer a “software only version”, which is essentially our years proven StarWind Virtual SAN. Basically, it’s the fuel powering StarWind HCA. 

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    Pittsburg State University, Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara AB (LKAB)
    Sears Home and Franchise Business
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company23%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Insurance Company9%
    Construction Company12%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Transportation Company9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm5%
    Company Size
    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise69%
    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise8%
    Small Business35%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    January 2023
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    Commvault Distributed Storage is ranked 16th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 42 reviews. Commvault Distributed Storage is rated 8.0, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Commvault Distributed Storage writes "It helped us earn more customers by improving productivity and reducing implementation time". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". Commvault Distributed Storage is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, Portworx Enterprise, VMware Software Defined Storage, Scality RING8 and Elastifile, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VxRail, StorMagic SvSAN and VMware vSAN.

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