"StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance."
"Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working."
"They offer top-tier support."
"StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment."
"We've had no issues with scaling the solution."
"It is easy to use for management and operations teams because the tools are in one place."
"The catalog of APIs for automation has been most valuable, although they are quite limited."
"The most valuable aspect of StarWind is the all-in-one solution that they provide."
"I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop."
"The option to deploy a hyper-converged system without an expensive storage switch was a benefit."
"We also opted for 24-hour support monitoring for any issues. They are extremely quick to respond on issues we even cause ourselves such as bumping a network cable."
"Product functionality and performance are wonderful."
"It did not hurt that the price for the hardware and three years of support cost less than the disparate hardware the cluster used to run on."
"How quickly the StarWind solution replicates also gives us the confidence to know that in the event of catastrophic failure of any piece of hardware, we won't be far behind before things went wrong."
"The solution has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation."
"Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment."
"We just need more integration with Veeam."
"If it's possible to make a driver/solution that does not make use of the iSCSI targets of Windows, that would be great. I don't know if that's possible, however, it could make the configuration a little easier."
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers."
"Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk."
"When you will cease your contract with StarWind (for support) your product won't be updated and that is a big selling point, especially for us, as we have loads of products from StarWind."
"Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful."
"It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."
"It would be great to get earlier access to beta builds because we have to develop providers on our own. The APIs and enablers for custom automation could also be improved."
"We've had some issues around the licensing."
"The installation is complex."
"A possible thing is perhaps a customer portal to schedule a time with support online via a calendar."
"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."
"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."
"I honestly cannot think of anything else to be improved, as I rarely have to interact with the Starwind product."
"The web-managed interface (a separate VM) could be better."
"An emphasis on security can be improved."
"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."
"The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification."
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.
VxRack System consists of hyper-converged rack-scale engineered systems, with integrated networking, to achieve the scalability and management requirements of traditional and cloud native workloads. The VxRack series is purposely designed to enable customers to quickly deploy Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and/or Private Cloud architectures. VxRack Systems tightly integrate hardware with software and management layers.
The result is a fully tested, pre-configured, hyper-converged system with simplified operations at data center and Service Provider scale. VxRack Systems support the deployment of a variety of application workloads, allowing IT to rapidly deliver new services while improving overall agility and efficiency.
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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Dell PowerFlex is ranked 13th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 33 reviews. Dell PowerFlex is rated 7.6, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Dell PowerFlex writes "Stable with good technical support and the capability to scale". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". Dell PowerFlex is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Rubrik, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. See our Dell PowerFlex vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.
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