We performed a comparison between StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and StorMagic SvSAN 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.
"It is extremely stable."
"In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems."
"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."
"I've been really impressed with it so far. I think it's pretty great, actually. It does exactly what we need it to do, and it does it well, so I would recommend it. Plus, the support has been very good."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"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."
"StarWind vSAN has a lot of great features and is a perfect solution for mirroring internal disks and flash between servers."
"This was a great implementation for a small to mid-size business."
"Having this all backed up by pro-active support gives us good peace of mind."
"The easy way everything can be configured and ready to run in less than a day is great."
"The setup was easy to deploy, and management is simplified compared with traditional SAN solutions."
"The sales process is easy."
"Repair efforts have been reduced to nearly nothing."
"It improved all services running on the new cluster and took up less space and less energy."
"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 high-quality hardware options, directly affecting performance, have significantly improved the user experience and are well worth the cost."
"StorMagic SvSAN's best feature is that it is platform agnostic."
"This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers."
"What I found most valuable in StorMagic SvSAN is integration. As a software-defined storage solution, it's also very easy to use and it's the trend in the market today. StorMagic SvSAN also made the customer happy because the customer could use his existing hardware with it. The customer had rack-mounted storage, so he didn't want to purchase a dedicated hardware for storage purposes. He just upgraded his hard disk drives."
"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."
"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."
"The only way I can see this product needing improvement is the consultation level of the StarWind sales and engineers."
"StarWind Virtual SAN architecture is slightly complex and requires the team to carefully identify and study how the solution integrates with VMware vSphere."
"Management of VSAN itself could be improved. A Web UI for management would be great rather than an application installation. StarWind is testing a command center virtual appliance that I have installed in my environment."
"Diagnostics information or alerts on the state of systems could also be implemented to give more visibility."
"The documentation is good yet is still lacking in a few areas."
"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."
"It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations."
"The StarWind Command Center web portal could use some work."
"I had some initial difficulties understanding the solution which could have been solved via additional documentation aimed at newcomers."
"I honestly cannot think of anything else to be improved, as I rarely have to interact with the Starwind product."
"If I had to pick something to add to the product, it would be nice if you could have more than one user account on their command center VM."
"I think that the pre-installation questionnaire was a little confusing and ambiguous."
"At times there has been a language barrier when communicating issues."
"We'd like an easier setup for Windows updates on the Hyper-V servers so you don't have to use a script to ensure auto-updating is done."
"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."
"There are two features missing: there's no REST API functionality, and there is no date duplication in it."
"In the next release, StorMagic SvSAN should include multi-node clusters, which would allow storage spaces to be used more efficiently."
"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."
"In terms of what could be improved in StorMagic SvSAN, I don't have a major issue with it, but its user interface should be more customer-oriented."
"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"
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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StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 3rd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 42 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 9th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 5 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 Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), VxRail, VMware vSAN, Dell vSAN Ready Nodes and Dell PowerFlex, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Veeam Backup & Replication, DataCore SANsymphony, HPE SimpliVity and HPE StoreVirtual. See our StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. StorMagic SvSAN report.
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