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"High Availability is the best feature of product.""The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""It's quite easy to install.""StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance.""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.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup being a bit painful."

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"Installation is straightforward because it's a vSAN. It only took one or two days.""We find the setup quite straightforward and very easy."

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"We also substantially reduced network complexity by eliminating that standalone SAN. That reduced complexity has allowed us to concentrate on improving other areas of our network.""The low cost of this solution has also made a big difference in our budget, which has been very helpful.""With proactive support, StarWind deploys and configures the solution for you.""The StarWind array has greatly improved our workflow internally as it is quite easy to use and provides robust features that allow us to provide anything our clients need quickly and efficiently.""The full suite of redundancy gives a nice sense of security for the whole environment.""The pricing and discounts given by Starwind on the hardware were unmatched.""The presence of built-in storage saved the company from having to purchase a separate storage array and related network equipment.""It is a safe, fast, and cost-effective storage system that improved our systems to have zero downtime."

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Cons
"It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""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""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent."

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"Support could be better.""The user management could be a bit better. It's something they could improve upon in future releases."

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"Product shipments did have a few bumps along the way, but that's to be expected when using any shipping company.""I had some initial difficulties understanding the solution which could have been solved via additional documentation aimed at newcomers.""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.""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.""Not much can be improved, to be honest.""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.""Multi cluster support for their Command Console would be very beneficial. Currently, you can only work with a single cluster at a time. The console is new so I expect much growth in this area in the near future. The other area that could be improved is the tech support locale."

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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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  • "You need to pay a license for additional features. If we need to monitor hardware for the automatic alert notification, we need to pay them."
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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:Installation is straightforward because it's a vSAN. It only took one or two days.
    Top Answer:You need to pay a license for additional features. If we need to monitor hardware for the automatic alert notification… 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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    Lenovo VX Series, ThinkAgile VX Series
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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.

    Differentiating yourself from the competition is vital in today’s fast-moving business environment. To support your business, IT systems must be simple, agile, and cost-effective so you can meet your customers’ requirements to be ever online. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series enables you to meet these requirements by focusing on the business outcome you require, rather than on building your infrastructure.

    ThinkAgile VX Series, powered by VMware vSAN, is available in several models. Each is preconfigured, pretested, and optimized to provide the simplest way to bring a new VMware hyperconverged environment online. If you have an existing VMware environment, the VX Series can integrate into it easily.

    Designed for any size business from SMBs through large enterprises, VX Series can be used as infrastructure for remote office/branch office (ROBO) and retail stores as well as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) and enterprise applications.

    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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    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Retailer5%
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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
    REVIEWERS
    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise49%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    Hyper-Converged (HCI)
    June 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, VMware, Dell Technologies and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: June 2022.
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    Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 33 reviews. Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is rated 9.0, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series writes "Stable with good pricing and pretty good technical support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". Lenovo ThinkAgile VX Series is most compared with VxRail, Lenovo ThinkAgile HX Series, Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and StorMagic SvSAN.

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