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We performed a comparison between Red Hat Gluster Storage and StarWind Virtual SAN based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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Pros
"It's very easy to upgrade storage.""The price tag is good compared to the amount of data and high availability provided.""The technical support team is excellent."

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"The failover redundancy is why we bought this product and it has never let us down.""StarWind Virtual SAN is a highly flexible solution, as it can be deployed on physical servers or on top of virtual machines running on hypervisors such as VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V.""This has helped to improve the reliability of service and operation in all departments, without having to stop in case of emergency situations.""We like their high availability. It reduces the downtime for our entire organization's environment.""Integration with Microsoft clustering has been perfect, allowing us to leverage our investment in MS server licensing to the fullest.""The main benefit is that StarWind is almost maintenance-free.""This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers.""The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage."

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Cons
"The performance of the solution must be improved.""The user interface could be simplified.""The system should be more intuitive and easier to manage."

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"The only point they should improve is the amount of documentation available for the user, especially in the first preliminary phase in which we were testing the product on our own.""While we had little to no issues in setting up StarWind and received excellent support from the StarWind technicians, we would have appreciated a clearer guideline for a setup with the free version of StarWind Management Console or, in other words - for the setup with the PowerShell.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""It is difficult to control all of the hardware components.""There is one issue as far as licensing goes and that is a lack of documentation online for users when transitioning from the free version to the paid version, or vice versa.""The most disappointing side of the application is the free edition. There used to be GUI attached. That has recently changed to only CLI management of the application.""We have, in rare cases, received conflicting guidance between different support folks within StarWind.""We don't really have any issues with this product."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "If you need cheap storage, but still need high availability, it's a good product to look at."
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  • "The setup cost is very low. The pricing is great."
  • "We are happy with the price."
  • "The license is reusable. We can always rebuild it and apply the license. Then, boom, we get new servers, apply the license, and we're back up and running."
  • "The pricing is fine for the work that it does."
  • "When we did all the analysis for StarWind, it was approximately 20 percent less than any of the other solutions that we looked at."
  • "The scalability limitation for us is its licensing. At some point in the fairly near future, we will probably have to upgrade our license so we can store eight terabytes instead of four. We are currently at four terabytes, but we're starting to knock on the door of that capacity."
  • "The pricing is excellent. It will run on anything. You don't have to buy a $100,000 server, with hardware you don't need. You just pay for the license and you're good to go."
  • "The licensing is a bit weird. If you license the standard version of StarWind, it allows you four terabytes. Then, they have a pro version, but with the pro version, the only difference is it doubles the terabytes to eight."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The performance of the solution must be improved.
    Top Answer:The solution is used in banks and financial institutions. Customers use the replicated configuration for high availability. They either use the native Gluster client or configure it with NFS… more »
    Top Answer:Being hardware agnostic is a must and definitely scored points for us.
    Top Answer:The cost of this is less than you expect. Since they're selling a software stack, you do need to consider your own hardware costs.
    Top Answer:The GUI deserves a little love. It is simple and works fine. However, the overall design is a little bit dated. Updating the documentation would be welcome, too, since there are docs that point to… more »
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    Red Hat Gluster, Red Hat Storage Server
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    Overview

    Red Hat Gluster Storage (formerly known as Red Hat Storage Server) is a software-defined storage (SDS) platform designed to handle the requirements of traditional file storage—high-capacity tasks like backup and archival as well as high-performance tasks of analytics and virtualization. But unlike traditional storage systems, Red Hat Gluster Storage isn’t rigid and expensive. It easily scales across bare metal, virtual, container, and cloud deployments.

    StarWind Virtual SAN provides high availability and fault tolerance for virtualized environments without the need for dedicated SAN hardware. It allows for real-time replication between servers, shared storage for Hyper-V clusters, and enables vMotion and High Availability features for VMware vSphere. The solution reduces costs and leverages existing hardware while providing a scalable and reliable infrastructure. Valuable features include ease of use, scalability, top-tier support, hardware agnosticism, and the ability to use off-the-shelf standard servers to increase storage space. StarWind VSAN has helped organizations improve performance, data availability, and data security while reducing downtime and providing cost-saving storage options.

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    Sample Customers
    NTT Plala, McMaster University, University of Basque Country, Goodtech ASA, Cox Automotive, Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), SaskTel, Glashart Media, Casio
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Top Industries
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Government9%
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    Manufacturing Company10%
    Construction Company8%
    Educational Organization8%
    Computer Software Company8%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Government9%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
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    Small Business23%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise62%
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    Small Business64%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise13%
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    Small Business25%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise58%
    Buyer's Guide
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    Red Hat Gluster Storage is ranked 13th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 1st in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 103 reviews. Red Hat Gluster Storage is rated 7.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of Red Hat Gluster Storage writes "A scalable and easy-to-implement solution that has an excellent technical support team". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". Red Hat Gluster Storage is most compared with VMware vSAN, IBM Spectrum Scale, Red Hat Ceph Storage, LizardFS and NetApp Cloud Volumes ONTAP, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, StorMagic SvSAN, Red Hat Ceph Storage and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes.

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