We performed a comparison between Red Hat Ceph Storage 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.
"We have not encountered any stability issues for the product."
"What I found most valuable from Red Hat Ceph Storage is integration because if you are talking about a solution that consists purely of Red Hat products, this is where integration benefits come in. In particular, Red Hat Ceph Storage becomes a single solution for managing the entire environment in terms of the container or the infrastructure, or the worker nodes because it all comes from a single plug."
"The most valuable feature is the stability of the product."
"Most of the features are beneficial and one does not stand out above the rest."
"We use the solution for cloud storage."
"The solution is pretty stable."
"It's a very performance-intensive, brilliant storage system, and I always recommend it to customers based on its benefits, performance, and scalability."
"I like the distributed and self-healing nature of the product."
"Reliability and overall uptime are key as we're also hosting client environments in addition to our own."
"Repair efforts have been reduced to nearly nothing."
"It is the perfect solution for hyper-convergence at a fair price. Our customers have Hyper-V and VMware environments, with Windows servers and Linux."
"I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop."
"The customer service has been the most valuable feature of the product to me."
"StarWind is very resilient and built off of quality vendor hardware."
"The pricing and discounts given by Starwind on the hardware were unmatched."
"The setup was easy to deploy, and management is simplified compared with traditional SAN solutions."
"The storage capacity of the solution can be improved."
"What could be improved in Red Hat Ceph Storage is its user interface or GUI."
"It took me a long time to get the storage drivers for the communication with Kubernetes up and running. The documentation could improve it is lacking information. I'm not sure if this is a Ceph problem or if Ceph should address this, but it was something I ran into. Additionally, there is a performance issue I am having that I am looking into, but overall I am satisfied with the performance."
"It takes some time to re-balance the storage in case of server failure."
"The product lacks RDMA support for inter-OSD communication."
"If you use for any other solution like other Kubernetes solutions, it's not very suitable."
"It would be nice to have a notification feature whenever an important action is completed."
"We have encountered slight integration issues."
"The only area that surprised me had to do with the fact that each host runs a StarWind virtual machine used to maintain the health of the vSAN, which individually uses 24GB of memory per host. You should keep this in mind when determining the resources you will need when selecting hardware and components for your specific setup. If I knew that, I would have chosen to add more memory per host to make up for the use."
"I'd like a better UI and some limitations on "breaking it.""
"Maybe they could have a support portal that you can have direct access to a current support representative."
"I had some initial difficulties understanding the solution which could have been solved via additional documentation aimed at newcomers."
"Over the past three years, there were two instances where our cluster had an issue, yet StarWind proactively notified me of those issues and effortlessly guided me through the process of correcting the issue with minimal effort on my part."
"The overall product documentation and knowledgebase articles could use some rewriting and clarification."
"A possible thing is perhaps a customer portal to schedule a time with support online via a calendar."
"It would be nice if it were possible to do the ISCSI setup that you do on Windows directly in the management GUI of StarWind."
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Red Hat Ceph Storage is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 9 reviews while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 5th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 36 reviews. Red Hat Ceph Storage is rated 7.8, while StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Red Hat Ceph Storage writes "Flexible and good for storage but can be complex to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Excellent support and documentation with flexible pricing". Red Hat Ceph Storage is most compared with MinIO, VMware vSAN, Portworx Enterprise, Dell ECS and Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), whereas StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), StorMagic SvSAN, Dell PowerFlex, VxRail and HPE SimpliVity. See our Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance report.
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