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We performed a comparison between Red Hat Ceph Storage and StarWind Virtual SAN 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 Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report (Updated: August 2022).
633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"I like the distributed and self-healing nature of 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.""It's a very performance-intensive, brilliant storage system, and I always recommend it to customers based on its benefits, performance, and scalability.""Red Hat Ceph Storage is a reliable solution, it works well."

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"Quick setup, great support, stability is great""The ROI is great on this product.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The StarWind VSAN is always up and allows us to move VMS to other nodes for maintenance, without interruption to service.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""StarWind Virtual SAN is essentially hardware agnostic, allowing us to build out a specific hardware layer based upon the customer's unique requirements.""Training is also easy as it is just one system to learn.""Support keeps track of alerts of the system and verifies with us if we need help to fix any issues. They have great and quick technical support."

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Cons
"An area for improvement would be that it's pretty difficult to manage synchronous replication over multiple regions.""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.""The product lacks RDMA support for inter-OSD communication.""What could be improved in Red Hat Ceph Storage is its user interface or GUI."

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"The system failovers properly on its own without too much worry.""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.""It took a bit of knowledge and support to put in place but once installed it works fine. Migration (HyperV) from one server to another sometimes takes longer than expected but there is no data loss even if the host crashes.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""It would be helpful if StarWind provided more precise and detailed documentation explaining how to configure the solution in various scenarios, including the advantages and disadvantages of each.""Some of the documentation seems to be a bit older and refers to deprecated items.""I would definitely like to see quite a bit more on the monitoring side of things.""Though I have learned some of the nuances with the upgrading of firmware/windows/etc., it would be nice to have a more efficient method of doing so."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The price of this product isn't high."
  • "The price of Red Hat Ceph Storage is reasonable."
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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."
  • "The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective."
  • "This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Red Hat Ceph does well in simplifying storage integration by replacing the need for numerous storage solutions. This solution allows for multiple copies of replicated and coded pools to be kept, easy… more »
    Top Answer:I like the distributed and self-healing nature of the product.
    Top Answer:Ceph Storage lacks RDMA support for inter-OSD communication. That is a huge loss in terms of performance. It's also very intensive on the backend network and takes a lot of resources from the network… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
    Top Answer:The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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    Overview
    Red Hat Ceph Storage is an enterprise open source platform that provides unified software-defined storage on standard, economical servers and disks. With block, object, and file storage combined into one platform, Red Hat Ceph Storage efficiently and automatically manages all your data.

    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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    Comms Service Provider23%
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    Manufacturing Company7%
    Financial Services Firm6%
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    Manufacturing Company13%
    Construction Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
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    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise48%
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    Buyer's Guide
    Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StarWind Virtual SAN
    August 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: August 2022.
    633,184 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Red Hat Ceph Storage is ranked 6th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 4 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 55 reviews. Red Hat Ceph Storage is rated 7.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Red Hat Ceph Storage writes "Designed for container platforms and has good integration, but its user interface needs improvement". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". Red Hat Ceph Storage is most compared with MinIO, VMware vSAN, Portworx Enterprise, Dell ECS and Cloudian HyperStore, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, StorMagic SvSAN, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI) and DataCore SANsymphony. See our Red Hat Ceph Storage vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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