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Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
May 2022
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"Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.""Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it.""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""VSAN works great; it's very easy to install, configure, and manage.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."

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"We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.""No concerns regarding the footprint in the data center.""They are heading in the right direction and moving to integrate everything with a hybrid cloud, and moving workloads back and forth.""I have found the most important features of Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are the capacity to manage the storage because the storage is built in the servers. The type of profiles you can attribute to the storage is a benefit. You can manage the storage by profiles. Overall the solution is a good speed and performance.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is scalable""The most valuable feature is the set of user tools that are available."

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"With StarWind's Proactive monitoring we can go about our day helping our customers and not have to worry about our cluster's health.""With proactive support, StarWind deploys and configures the solution for you.""The setup was easy to deploy, and management is simplified compared with traditional SAN solutions.""The pricing and discounts given by Starwind on the hardware were unmatched.""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.""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.""The solution has easily deployed instances for multiple fast-paced projects.""The sales process is easy."

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Cons
"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.""Feature-wise we are only waiting for the release of a "planned disaster" feature that would allow us to patch a hypervisor node without having to take the full storage offline.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry."

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"Upgrades are carried out manually.""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.""Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes is a great hyper-converged system that is a perfect platform for supporting any kind of workload. The only workload that it's not designed to support is big data.""Compatibility with other hardware nodes needs to be improved.""The solution doesn't scale.""The deployment is done by doing it one by one and could be simplified."

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"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.""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.""Product shipments did have a few bumps along the way, but that's to be expected when using any shipping company.""The management console could use a facelift.""Although the setup documentation was very complete and succinct, I found StarWind documentation to be a bit sparse.""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.""The only issues are when Hyper V itself has limitations and I'd love to see support or enhancement in the area of direct-attached GPU cards.""We have to pay for support, which is high-end support. That can be expensive, at least for us."

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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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  • "There is a problem, which is the lack of an integrated price structure."
  • "The price of the solution was reasonable."
  • "We have a four-year contract to use Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes."
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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:We find the initial implementation process simple and straightforward.
    Top Answer:The pricing is okay, however, HP has a cheaper option. There is competition between the Dell vSAN and HPE SimpliVity… more »
    Top Answer:The solution doesn't scale. Their pricing could be more flexible. For example, in some cases, Lenovo offers more… 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
    vSAN Ready Nodes
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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.

    Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes are pre-configured building blocks that reduce deployment
    risks with certified configurations, improve storage efficiency by up to 50%1
    , and can help
    you build or scale your vSAN cluster faster.14 Whether you're just getting started, and/or
    expanding your existing VMware environment, Dell EMC is here for you every step of the
    way with consulting, education, deployment and support services for the entire solution.

    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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    Top Industries
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Transportation Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider22%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Transportation Company11%
    Construction Company9%
    Non Profit7%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
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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 Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise65%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is ranked 11th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 6 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 33 reviews. Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is rated 8.0, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Dell vSAN Ready Nodes writes "A unified support structure is an important asset; manual upgrades should be automated". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". Dell vSAN Ready Nodes is most compared with VxRail, VMware vSAN, Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series, HPE SimpliVity and StorMagic SvSAN, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN and NetApp HCI. See our Dell vSAN Ready Nodes vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

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