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DataCore SANsymphony vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The install itself is easy as pie.""Immediately we noticed huge performance gains, even on older hardware and once we implemented a 10GB link between both servers, the sync was near-instant after the initial sync was complete.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""Support keeps track of alerts of the system and verifies with us if we need help to fix any issues. They have great and quick technical support."

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"The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""Active-active is the most valuable aspect for us.""Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You can recover your data with incredible time granularity.""Storage is always available.""The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.""The solution's most valuable feature is its versatility, with there being support for all new hardware technologies and platforms, disc mirroring and very effective auto tiering.""SANsymphony is flexible, with many potential options for implementation. SANsymphony's can be used with VMware, Hyper-V, or even with a hypervisor agnostic approach. It can also be used for strictly physical non-virtualized solutions.""The most useful feature of SANsymphony is that it's able to manage any brand of block storage."

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"With proactive support, StarWind deploys and configures the solution for you.""I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop.""It is a safe, fast, and cost-effective storage system that improved our systems to have zero downtime.""We opted for 24-hour monitoring and support, which has already paid for itself.""Product functionality and performance are wonderful.""The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment.""We also substantially reduced network complexity by eliminating that standalone SAN. That reduced complexity has allowed us to concentrate on improving other areas of our network.""The solution has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation."

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Cons
"I would like an automated installation/configuration despite the fact that their service is very collaborative, a customer should be able to deploy the solution by themselves.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""We just need more integration with Veeam.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support."

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"One limitation of this solution is that it's Windows-based, e.g. one requirement to install DataCore SANsymphony SDS is putting it on a Windows server machine. It relies on Windows and that is a limitation because there are some customers who are looking for non Windows systems.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""The solution could be better packaged and marketed.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today.""The graphical interface is not always very stable.""The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors.""It would be ideal if they were providing archive licensing with the ability to create a second pool on existing storage nodes.""Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards."

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"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 truth is that the operation and support offered is good, but we consider that the product's usability could improve, as well as the data resynchronization time after an unexpected closure.""A possible thing is perhaps a customer portal to schedule a time with support online via a calendar.""We struggle a little with capacity management with the StarWind Hyperconverged appliance.""It would be nice if the software told you a new version was available and prompted you to do the upgrade to keep everything up to date.""Although the setup documentation was very complete and succinct, I found StarWind documentation to be a bit sparse.""Updates need improvement.""If I had to pick something to add to the product, it would be nice if you could have more than one user account on their command center VM."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
  • "I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."
  • "If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
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  • "This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."
  • "This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."
  • "The solution is cost effective."
  • "We have licensing costs on a yearly basis. They charge per terabyte, so in terms of cost, it can be very costly. They have three different features, and you have to pay extra for those."
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  • "It's an all in one package, making it very easy."
  • "We didn't have any issue with pricing or any of the sales process."
  • "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:The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup… more »
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive… more »
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better… more »
    Top Answer:Users need to remember that they just need to buy what they use.
    Top Answer:The graphical interface is not always very stable. In a dense infrastructure with many volumes and disks, slowness and… more »
    Top Answer:How quickly the StarWind solution replicates also gives us the confidence to know that in the event of catastrophic… more »
    Top Answer:This product is well priced with very good value for money and the support team is great so the setup is no problem.
    Top Answer:We haven't yet really found anything that we think needs immediate improvement. I am clutching at straws to find… more »
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    Also Known As
    DataCore SANsymphony SDS, DataCore, SANsymphony-V, Hyperconverged Virtual SAN
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    Overview

    For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

    StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

    DataCore SANsymphony enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for SAN and HCI environments.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Volkswagen, Maimonides Medical Center, The Biodesign Institute, ISCO Industries, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, United Financial Credit Union, Derby Supply Chain Solutions, Mission Community Hospital, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Colby-Sawyer College, Mount Sinai Health System, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Quorn Foods, Bitburger, University of Birmingham, Stadtverwaltung Heidelberg, NetEnt to name a few.
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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Transportation Company6%
    Healthcare Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Non Profit34%
    Government10%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Transportation Company11%
    Construction Company9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Outsourcing Company7%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business51%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise42%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise52%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    DataCore SANsymphony vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 12 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 33 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony is rated 9.4, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". DataCore SANsymphony is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and HPE SimpliVity. See our DataCore SANsymphony vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

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