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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Scale and StarWind Virtual SAN based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed IBM Spectrum Scale vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report (Updated: August 2022).
632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better.""We are using it for monitoring all of our storage."

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"Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""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.""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.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance.""StarWind Virtual SAN is essentially hardware agnostic, allowing us to build out a specific hardware layer based upon the customer's unique requirements.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it."

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Cons
"It would be helpful if there was a graphical user interface that could walk you through the deployment process. The instructions surrounding setup aren't the best. They need to be more step-by-step.""Integration with other vendors is not available."

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"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.""The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.""I think the setup could be streamlined a bit.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""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.""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.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry."

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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The high performance of the solution is its most valuable aspect. If you compare it to other storage solutions, it's much better.
    Top Answer:The solution would benefit from being simplified. The scalability could be a bit better. It needs to be more flexible when it comes to expanding. It would be helpful if there was a graphical user… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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    Overview
    IBM Spectrum Scale is a cluster file system that provides concurrent access to a single file system or set of file systems from multiple nodes. The nodes can be SAN attached, network attached, a mixture of SAN attached and network attached, or in a shared nothing cluster configuration. This enables access to this common set of data to support a scale-out solution or to provide a high availability platform. IBM Spectrum Scale has many features beyond common data access including data replication, policy based storage management, and multi-site operations. You can create a cluster of AIX nodes, Linux nodes, Windows server nodes, or a mix of all three. IBM Spectrum Scale can run on virtualized instances providing common data access in environments, leverage logical partitioning, or other hypervisors. Multiple IBM Spectrum Scale clusters can share data within a location or across wide area network (WAN) connections.

    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.

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    Top Industries
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    Financial Services Firm71%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company14%
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    Computer Software Company20%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Government8%
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Transportation Company6%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Company Size
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    Small Business13%
    Large Enterprise88%
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    Small Business15%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise72%
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    Small Business61%
    Midsize Enterprise25%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Scale vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Scale vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    632,779 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Scale is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 2 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 55 reviews. IBM Spectrum Scale is rated 8.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Scale writes "Offers high performance and fair pricing with excellent technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". IBM Spectrum Scale is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, VMware vSAN, IBM Cloud Object Storage, NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP and Red Hat Gluster Storage, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, StorMagic SvSAN and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI). See our IBM Spectrum Scale vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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