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NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
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Pros
"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 highly scalable. Their support is also extremely good.""It is scalable, and NetApp Deployment Engine (NDE) makes its deployment easier."

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"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""Starwind support is excellent. They are very fast and have very good knowledge of Starwind and Hyper-V Cluster software.""It's quite easy to install.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""Starwind made it easy to deploy fully redundant, highly available storage at a low cost.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""StarWind allows us to move virtual machines from one physical host to another, which greatly reduces the downtime required for maintenance."

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Cons
"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.""The administration side of it needs to be improved. We expect an easier interface and a single upgrade for updating the infrastructure.""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."

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"It would be nice to see a new UI for the windows client, as it is not the easiest to find settings.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""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.""The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""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.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers."

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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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  • "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: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 that I want to resolve in my customer's environment. QoS improves the performance… more »
    Top Answer: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.
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive compared to others, however, there are yearly maintenance costs to be aware of.
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better written. However, I found this to be the case a couple of years ago. Now, in… more »
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    Overview

    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, 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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    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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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company10%
    Healthcare Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
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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 Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN 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 Virtual SAN is ranked 5th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 46 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 6.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. 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 Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series and StarWind HyperConverged Appliance, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, StorMagic SvSAN and HPE Nimble Storage dHCI. See our NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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