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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. StorMagic SvSAN
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"The fact that the solution is vendor-agnostic allows it to be used with any virtualization vendor while remaining a powerful abstraction over storage.""Immediately we noticed huge performance gains, even on older hardware and once we implemented a 10GB link between both servers, the sync was near-instant after the initial sync was complete.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing."

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"The sales process is easy.""The full suite of redundancy gives a nice sense of security for the whole environment.""We opted for 24-hour monitoring and support, which has already paid for itself.""We also substantially reduced network complexity by eliminating that standalone SAN. That reduced complexity has allowed us to concentrate on improving other areas of our network.""It did not hurt that the price for the hardware and three years of support cost less than the disparate hardware the cluster used to run on.""Their service is top-notch and if a node goes down they immediately are following up with us to make sure that everything is working smoothly.""The low cost of this solution has also made a big difference in our budget, which has been very helpful.""UI Options are simple and easy to find."

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"This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers.""StorMagic SvSAN is a very effective solution and the interface is good.""It gives zero downtime and it works with two nodes rather than three nodes, unlike other solutions."

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Cons
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""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.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""Feature-wise we are only waiting for the release of a "planned disaster" feature that would allow us to patch a hypervisor node without having to take the full storage offline.""The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""Security on the ISCSI protocol could be improved by adding features like OS-type control access, especially for the data center environment."

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"Perhaps the initial configuration and documentation could be a little clearer and simpler to follow.""Multi cluster support for their Command Console would be very beneficial. Currently, you can only work with a single cluster at a time. The console is new so I expect much growth in this area in the near future. The other area that could be improved is the tech support locale.""Shipping options should be explained in detail and offer more white glove delivery options even if it comes at an additional cost for some SMBs without docks.""CSVs require the storage to be configured through iSCSI, even though the storage is local.""Most meetings are done via Zoom, and I'm sure you could switch to a text based conversation if needed as they seem like a very accommodating team. It's not something I would worry about if you are a potential client.""I had some initial difficulties understanding the solution which could have been solved via additional documentation aimed at newcomers.""It would be nice to have some kind of GUI interface implemented to give you an overall view of the system's health at a glance.""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."

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"The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an advanced license. Normally, it's in a standard license. It would be better if they had memory caching features in the product. Some backup features should also be in the product""The deployment of StorMagic SvSAN is very small. However, you need some time to do it. It's important to make a test deployment before the real deployment.""There are two features missing: there's no REST API functionality, and there is no date duplication in it."

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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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  • "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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  • "It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the standard license. The vendor positions it as an edge product, so it isn't suitable to compare with VMware vSAN or Nutanix because that's another product altogether."
  • "The pricing of StorMagic SvSAN is fairly good because if you compare it with VMware, it's at a better price. This is an important thing to remember."
  • "The licensing cost is $7,000 per two nodes for two terabytes."
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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: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 »
    Top Answer:It gives zero downtime and it works with two nodes rather than three nodes, unlike other solutions.
    Top Answer:The licensing cost is $7,000 per two nodes for two terabytes. There are additional costs. Auto-tiering is a separate… more »
    Top Answer:I'd like to see multiple nodes. I'd like to see snapshots added to it. There are two features missing: there's no REST… 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.

    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. 

    StorMagic SvSAN simplifies storage at the edge. It is a virtual SAN, virtualizing the internal storage of two servers and creating an active-active mirror that ensures an exact copy of data resides on both servers at any time. Needing just two nodes in each cluster, using any x86 server, any CPU and any storage combination, SvSAN gives you the flexibility to deploy lightweight, low cost highly available storage as you wish. 

    A single, incredibly lightweight witness provides quorum to as many as 1000 SvSAN clusters and they can all be deployed and managed from a central location. Stretch your SvSAN clusters across entire cities for added resiliency. Deploy on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM hypervisors and avoid vendor lock-in. Leverage sophisticated caching algorithms when superior performance is required. If security is a priority, implement StorSecure - SvSAN's integrated encryption and key management feature. And if redundancy is a concern, deploy three nodes per cluster to withstand two node failures and still keep your applications online.

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    Sample Customers
    Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
    Sears Home and Franchise Business
    E.ON, Bayer, NHS, Keiser Corp., TDK, Oxford University, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Bridgestone, Argos, UnitedHealthcare, Harris Corp.
    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 Company11%
    Construction Company9%
    Non Profit7%
    Real Estate/Law Firm7%
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    Comms Service Provider28%
    Computer Software Company23%
    Government6%
    Financial Services Firm4%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Retailer5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business59%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Small Business24%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise26%
    Large Enterprise9%
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    Small Business28%
    Midsize Enterprise28%
    Large Enterprise44%
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    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. StorMagic SvSAN
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 33 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8, while StorMagic SvSAN is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance writes "Flexible and easy to set up with excellent support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StorMagic SvSAN writes "Effective redundancy, good interface, and responsive support". StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, VMware vSAN, NetApp HCI and DataCore SANsymphony, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, DataCore SANsymphony, HPE SimpliVity, Veeam Backup & Replication and HPE StoreVirtual. See our StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. StorMagic SvSAN report.

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