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NetApp HCI vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp HCI vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""It has been extremely stable for the three years we've been running it.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""High Availability is the best feature of product.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."

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"NetApp HCI is a stable solution.""The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier.""It is highly scalable. Their support is also extremely good."

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"The easy way everything can be configured and ready to run in less than a day is great.""The solution has easily deployed instances for multiple fast-paced projects.""The setup was easy to deploy, and management is simplified compared with traditional SAN solutions.""With StarWind's Proactive monitoring we can go about our day helping our customers and not have to worry about our cluster's health.""I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop.""Being able to log on to the GUI to see specific data and usage statistics, executing clones, starting and stopping VMs, etc., is great.""The most valuable aspect of StarWind is the all-in-one solution that they provide.""The solution has provided our company with a fully redundant virtual environment at half the cost of a traditional SAN implementation."

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Cons
"I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""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.""Currently, the StarWind management console is a bit clunky to navigate and isn't the most user-intuitive interface.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""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""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal."

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"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash.""At the moment, I am not looking for new features. Quality of Service (QoS) and capacity efficiency are the two things that I want to resolve in my customer's environment. QoS improves the performance of each tenancy, and with capacity efficiency, the customer can achieve more capacity as compared to the normal capacity.""The administration side of it needs to be improved. We expect an easier interface and a single upgrade for updating the infrastructure."

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"Although the setup documentation was very complete and succinct, I found StarWind documentation to be a bit sparse.""Possible new features could be CSV-level snapshot capability, Veeam integration, and maybe a more straightforward setup. Granted, you don't have to worry about setups with the HCA, but if you want to implement StarWind vSAN in a lab to test it is a tedious setup process.""I would request that the terms and conditions be reviewed and made more acceptable to corporate security so that we could finally turn on the proactive support feature, as it is included with our support agreement.""The web-managed interface (a separate VM) could be better.""CSVs require the storage to be configured through iSCSI, even though the storage is local.""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.""Perhaps the initial configuration and documentation could be a little clearer and simpler to follow.""The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification."

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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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  • "Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost."
  • "The price of the solution is okay but could improve."
  • "Its pricing is lower than our previous solution."
  • "Its price is comparable to the competitors in the market."
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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:It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier.
    Top Answer:Its price is comparable to the competitors in the market.
    Top Answer:At the moment, I am not looking for new features. Quality of Service (QoS) and capacity efficiency are the two things… 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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    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.

    NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

    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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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
    Sears Home and Franchise Business
    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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    Transportation Company16%
    Manufacturing Company16%
    Financial Services Firm11%
    Pharma/Biotech Company11%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider17%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Government8%
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    Transportation Company11%
    Construction Company9%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
    Outsourcing Company7%
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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%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise34%
    Large Enterprise46%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise9%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise44%
    Buyer's Guide
    NetApp HCI vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp HCI vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    NetApp HCI is ranked 18th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 4 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 33 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 6.6, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, StorMagic SvSAN and DataCore SANsymphony. See our NetApp HCI vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.

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