Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs StarWind HyperConverged Appliance comparison

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Executive Summary
 

Categories and Ranking

StarWind Virtual SAN
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Ranking in HCI
4th
Average Rating
9.6
Number of Reviews
183
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Storage (SDS) (1st)
Dell vSAN Ready Nodes
Ranking in HCI
12th
Average Rating
8.6
Number of Reviews
14
Ranking in other categories
No ranking in other categories
StarWind HyperConverged App...
Ranking in HCI
7th
Average Rating
9.6
Number of Reviews
65
Ranking in other categories
Software Defined Storage (SDS) (6th)
 

Mindshare comparison

As of June 2024, in the HCI category, the mindshare of StarWind Virtual SAN is 2.3%, up from 1.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is 2.3%, down from 3.4% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is 0.6%, up from 0.3% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
HCI
Unique Categories:
Software Defined Storage (SDS)
11.2%
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Featured Reviews

SE
May 24, 2024
Feature-rich and versatile with broad support for different hypervisors
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. During our evaluation of our on-premises setup, we did not find any significant flaws. One point for improvement is to increase the performance capabilities of the Windows-based executable as compared to its Linux Controller Virtual Machine (CVM) equivalent. Another point for improvement would be to incorporate a more granular Role-based access control system (RBAC) natively inside the software to allow for more granular administration. Yet another point would be to achieve tighter integration and automation with cloud-based platforms, such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Niraj  Shah - PeerSpot reviewer
Mar 22, 2024
Offers good performance and is easy to use
I use the solution to handle corporate use cases since some web-based applications run on it If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and stability. The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required.…
reviewer1671795 - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 15, 2022
Excellent support, high-quality hardware, and improved performance
The high-quality hardware options, directly affecting performance, have significantly improved the user experience and are well worth the cost. Granted, the solution was cost-effective and reasonable compared to other "brand-name" solutions out there. 24/7 support has also been extremely valuable. We are located in Florida and since we migrated to the StarWind setup only a couple of months ago, I've already had to reach out to them outside of business hours to walk me through the shutdown of our systems thanks to two hurricanes. I needed assistance due to my unfamiliarity with the hardware and software, and they were happy to oblige. It was a smooth experience, and I appreciated their help.

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:
 

Pros

"This was a great implementation for a small to mid-size business."
"For those basic uses, it's simple to set up and manage, and it seems to do a fine job."
"I like the asynchronous replication and failover features. They are what I'm primarily using it for. The asynchronous replication is helpful because our servers are backed up continuously throughout the day. If anything goes wrong we just fail over immediately. That is a very nice feature to have."
"The backup is readily available for use, and the restoration process is easy."
"You can turn your local disk storage into high-availability iSCSI storage."
"The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync."
"The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete."
"The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently."
"The tool's most valuable feature is high availability."
"They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth."
"Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable"
"The most valuable feature of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is the flexibility of the nodes. Additionally, if there are any critical issues they update us through emails. The issues are taken care of remotely on the system."
"The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."
"The solution immediately expands storage area when you add nodes."
"The product is useful for DR and other things."
"If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and stability."
"The most valuable features of the solution are the redundancy and its cost. I used to have a SAN, a Dell EMC EqualLogic. Unfortunately, it was they call an "inverted pyramid of doom." It was two or three hosts, two switches, and one storage array at the very bottom. But the SAN, the storage array at the very bottom, is a single point of failure..."
"The hardware footprint is perfect. It fits in our rack perfectly, and we were able to condense a lot of physical servers we had. It has greatly eliminated the excess stuff in our server rack..."
"Being able to upgrade machines and software during business operations just by switching nodes has been a huge improvement. We"
"The initial setup seems to be very straightforward."
"The full suite of redundancy gives a nice sense of security for the whole environment."
"We were able to set it up via the documentation and only needed their support a handful of times."
"The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment."
"Repair efforts have been reduced to nearly nothing."
 

Cons

"The documentation could be better."
"StarWind Virtual SAN could benefit from better integration with other tools and technologies, such as backup and disaster recovery solutions."
"Improvements in documentation and support resources could enhance the user experience."
"In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient."
"Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items."
"Ability to to test the virtual storage are network area and storage speed from StarWind Management Console."
"New versions of this solution should be tested more thoroughly before the release as we had a few problems with one version due to a bug."
"It would be nice if we could designate pools, or tiers, for storage of different speeds, and then assign rules to new VMs that would automatically place them into the proper pool."
"The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified."
"The power switch on the hardware is located in a poor location where it can accidentally be pushed. In an update, they should solve this issue so people do not push it accidentally to have their service go down. A possible solution is the switch should be inside."
"Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved."
"Dell vSAN Ready Nodes must be flexible since it is complex in designing concepts. It needs to improve stability. The product should integrate with the public cloud."
"The solution doesn't scale."
"The Dell VxRail solution is based on vSAN Ready Nodes, but the Dell VxRail is fully automated. It would be helpful if this automation feature could be added to the Dell vSAN Ready Nodes. For example, we need to install VMware ESXi, and manually expand the cluster."
"Dell vSAN Ready Nodes' deployment is complex."
"Scalability is an area that could be improved. We are looking at a maximum of 32 nodes now in a cluster, but going to 64 or 128 would be a major advantage."
"I honestly cannot think of anything else to be improved, as I rarely have to interact with the Starwind product."
"It would be nice to have some kind of GUI interface implemented to give you an overall view of the system's health at a glance."
"The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification."
"We need to be very cautious in following every step when updating the physical host. We must move over each VM and drain roles from the servers to ensure everything goes smoothly without interruptions. If this were a more automated process, this would be less taxing each time an upgrade is needed."
"What would have to be done urgently is the adaptation of the hardware to the configuration."
"A possible thing is perhaps a customer portal to schedule a time with support online via a calendar."
"CSVs require the storage to be configured through iSCSI, even though the storage is local."
"That situation, where Dell EMC servers were going down, has been my only real difficulty... it ended up being something that the wider audience of Dell EMC was actually aware of as an issue. Neither the StarWind technicians nor the Dell EMC technicians were able to actually identify that problem sooner than a week or so... The communication between Dell EMC support and StarWind support, in that particular scenario, left something to be desired, for me. I did express those concerns to StarWind and they were very responsive to that."
 

Pricing and Cost Advice

"This solution has a great price for the functionality."
"StarWind is best price/performance for SMB."
"I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
"The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
"The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
"The free version is great to use for labs or test environments."
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear."
"The pricing is more than reasonable."
"There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
"We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
"My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive."
"Comparing the price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes to other solutions it is not expensive."
"The tool's pricing is competitive compared to others. The tool's licensing is based on annual subscriptions."
"The price of the solution was reasonable."
"Its cost was reasonable."
"It's an all in one package, making it very easy."
"In terms of cost, a storage array is more expensive... For half the cost of Compellent, I got two hosts, more storage, and redundancy."
"The other solutions we were looking at were priced much higher than this and they didn't necessarily have full redundancy... Nutanix and VxRail were in the final running... but it came down to our price point."
"We didn't have any issue with pricing or any of the sales process."
"There is a bit of a start-up cost. Having never used HCAs before, I was reluctant to buy it. I would suggest that you jump in and do it, as I wish I hadn't wasted so much time."
"The Nutanix piece was about $45,000, getting close to $50,000 with all the licensing involved, whereas the StarWind was less than half of that, after Microsoft licensing and such."
"When I researched they came the most cost-effective."
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Top Industries

By visitors reading reviews
Computer Software Company
18%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Government
8%
Financial Services Firm
8%
Computer Software Company
16%
Government
9%
Manufacturing Company
8%
Financial Services Firm
7%
Computer Software Company
19%
Educational Organization
9%
Manufacturing Company
9%
Financial Services Firm
8%
 

Company Size

By reviewers
Large Enterprise
Midsize Enterprise
Small Business
 

Questions from the Community

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?
It is easy to use and can monitor system synchronization and check Storage status. StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) combin...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind Virtual SAN?
Make the most of your 30-day trial license, and if needed, you should contact the sales department of StarWind to ext...
What needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN?
The StarWind vSAN solution is versatile and offers broad support for different hypervisors and deployment formats. Du...
What do you like most about Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
If I consider the overall product, I would say that it is an excellent solution that offers very good performance and...
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
My company makes yearly payments towards the licensing charges attached to the solution. The solution is expensive.
What needs improvement with Dell vSAN Ready Nodes?
The product's price is an area of concern where improvements are required. The price of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes could b...
What do you like most about StarWind HyperConverged Appliance?
StarWind's proactive support is my favorite feature.
What is your experience regarding pricing and costs for StarWind HyperConverged Appliance?
Keep in mind that StarWind VMs for the vSAN will take up 24GB of memory per host. If you do decide to go with StarWin...
What needs improvement with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance?
I honestly don't have anything to complain about. Nothing is perfect, though, over the past three years, there were t...
 

Also Known As

StarWind SAN & NAS
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Sample Customers

Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Rackspace
Sears Home and Franchise Business
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