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We performed a comparison between IBM Spectrum Virtualize and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance 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 Virtualize vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report (Updated: August 2022).
633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"The ability to add the virtual machine on the Spectrum environment to sort out the data movers(DMs) and their schedules is a valuable feature. You are able to have, for example, four data movers to balance them so you do not have too much work on one data mover.""I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features.""There are many benefits to this solution. Storage virtualization and the ability to migrate massive amounts of data to other systems without impacting your client are the most valuable. It is non-disruptive for my users. We migrated 350 terabytes of data in one night to a new machine without a small system going down and a single user complaining about the performance. You have to fine-tune a lot of storage machines constantly for performance and for making sure that they are optimal, but IBM Spectrum Virtualize does this by itself. It does the adjustment on its own, and it does it right. That's what makes it different. I had a huge VSP from Hitachi, which is also a type of virtualization-based engine but with a decent size. It was a continuous performance-tuning exercise. I never had that issue with IBM Spectrum Virtualize."

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"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.""StarWind is very resilient and built off of quality vendor hardware.""The solution has easily deployed instances for multiple fast-paced projects.""Their service is top-notch and if a node goes down they immediately are following up with us to make sure that everything is working smoothly.""Repair efforts have been reduced to nearly nothing.""The solution has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation.""The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment.""Having this all backed up by pro-active support gives us good peace of mind."

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Cons
"The only errors I find sometimes is the solution tells me I cannot operate it because a service has turned off, you can just go back to the VM, go to services, and turn back the services. However, this should improve.""t is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups.""I hate I/O groups. If you start swapping I/O groups, they can be potentially risky. If they could get rid of the whole I/O group principle, the risk is not there anymore. I understand the fundamental thing about I/O groups, but they are risky."

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"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 StarWind Command Center web portal could use some work.""The only thing that can use improvement is the StarWind Management Console and Command Center.""We have to pay for support, which is high-end support. That can be expensive, at least for us.""The only issue we have had was the issue of performance, however, that is only due to the fact that we purchased a mix of SSD and regular spindle drives, and restoring databases was slow as it was trying to restore the database using the spindle drives.""An emphasis on security can be improved.""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'd like an easier setup for Windows updates on the Hyper-V servers so you don't have to use a script to ensure auto-updating is done."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "I am very happy with the pricing. There is no comparison when it comes to pricing. I have looked at all solutions from EMC, Veritas, Hitachi, Dell, etc. None of them compares to IBM when it comes to pricing. I get great pricing from them."
  • "The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry."
  • "This solution came as an additional cost for the TSM package we chose."
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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:I like all the features, but the most impressive recently has been the introduction of IBM's Flash Core Modules. They are a form of a flash drive, but they have many more features.
    Top Answer:The entry point of pricing for this product is the most amazing price ever in the industry. You'd have to compare it with others. I would say their price is excellent given their support, the… more »
    Top Answer:It is limited in terms of a single system to eight nodes or four, what they call IO groups. However, this is still 32 petabytes worth of capacity, so it is substantial. In theory, you could have tens… more »
    Top Answer:The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment.
    Top Answer:My only concern was with the terms and conditions of the proactive support. Our legal department didn't accept them, so we weren't able to take advantage of it. Having the heartbeat monitor working… more »
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    Overview

    IBM Spectrum Virtualize is a dependable solution that improves data value, security, and simplicity for new and existing storage infrastructure. Proven over 12 years in thousands of deployments, its innovative virtualization capabilities help organizations achieve better data economics by supporting new workloads that are critical to their success. IBM Spectrum Virtualize software helps make new and existing storage more effective and standardizes functions traditionally deployed separately in disk systems for greater flexibility and potentially lower costs.

    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
    REVIEWERS
    Healthcare Company22%
    University11%
    Retailer11%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company17%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government11%
    Educational Organization7%
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    Construction Company13%
    Computer Software Company9%
    Transportation Company9%
    Healthcare Company7%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
    Company Size
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    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise5%
    Large Enterprise68%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise63%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise7%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise31%
    Large Enterprise41%
    Buyer's Guide
    IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    633,572 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    IBM Spectrum Virtualize is ranked 8th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 43 reviews. IBM Spectrum Virtualize is rated 8.6, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of IBM Spectrum Virtualize writes "Enables us to build an infrastructure and replace storage with no disruption to our hosts whatsoever". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". IBM Spectrum Virtualize is most compared with Dell VPLEX, VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale, DataCore SANsymphony and HPE StoreVirtual, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and StorMagic SvSAN. See our IBM Spectrum Virtualize vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

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