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We performed a comparison between StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and VMware vSAN based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two HCI solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
To learn more, read our detailed StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. VMware vSAN Report (Updated: November 2022).
654,658 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"This was a great implementation for a small to mid-size business.""It is extremely stable.""Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports.""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.""The fact that we can expand our storage and add on to our compute nodes easily and how amazing the StarWind technical support team is really adding value to our purchase.""The support team is available to solve any problem efficiently.""The features that I found most valuable are ease of use of the software that StarWind offers - with the first setup being a bit painful."

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"The StarWind array has greatly improved our workflow internally as it is quite easy to use and provides robust features that allow us to provide anything our clients need quickly and efficiently.""Their support team is extremely helpful, and they are pretty friendly and knowledgeable.""I do like that I can manage StarWind with a console running on my local desktop.""The easy way everything can be configured and ready to run in less than a day is great.""The initial setup seems to be very straightforward.""We opted for 24-hour monitoring and support, which has already paid for itself.""Reliability and overall uptime are key as we're also hosting client environments in addition to our own.""We also opted for 24-hour support monitoring for any issues. They are extremely quick to respond on issues we even cause ourselves such as bumping a network cable."

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"Overall the solution is very good.""Everyone uses virtualization to more efficiently utilize hardware resources. That's the main point of vSAN and VMware.""The most valuable features are Erasure Coding, Deduplication and Compression, and the advancement in stretching regarding replication.""We had very good access to technical support.""Very easy to implement in any existing environment.""It is very well known in the industry, and there are a lot of technical resources around it. This is a big thing for me because, at the end of the day, when you implement it, you need to support it.""We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.""It is easy to work with, easy to handle, and easy to manage."

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Cons
"I would like an automated installation/configuration despite the fact that their service is very collaborative, a customer should be able to deploy the solution by themselves.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""The documentation could be clearer in terms of explaining the installation.""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.""A web management interface would be good, especially for those coming from other solutions that have one.""I would like to see different levels of support offered.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""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."

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"The only issue we have seen is with the StarWind Server Manager. We have had to continually reboot the server in order to use it.""The response time is usually several hours after the issue occurred.""At times there has been a language barrier when communicating issues.""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.""The only area that the product could improve would be user training.""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.""I think that the pre-installation questionnaire was a little confusing and ambiguous."

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"Its integration with a hybrid cloud can be improved. Its scalability can also be improved so that it can be integrated with more than 32 nodes. The maximum number of nodes is okay, but our use cases could probably do with more nodes, probably up to 64. In terms of new features, it should probably have the basic support for high-speed networking spaces.""The ability to access SAN environments with fiber channels (or even NVMe) would be a good addition.""VMware vSAN could improve by having better integration with other vendors and the storage is limited, I prefer it to the traditional storage.""Improvements can be made with respect to scalability.""The updating process could be easier.""It can be very expensive.""The big thing is pricing, and the rest of it is mostly good. From a scalability point of view, scaling the storage from network or compute should be easier. It is again all around the cost, and it would be good if it was easier to scale your storage separately from your compute.""Reporting currently depends on third party applications and that could be improved."

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  • "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."
  • "StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup."
  • "The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out."
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  • "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 is an expensive solution. There should be more flexible with licensing to allow small businesses the essentials of the solution's features."
  • "The price of vSAN could be lower."
  • "It is too expensive."
  • "It is expensive, but you get what you pay for."
  • "The price is okay."
  • "vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower."
  • "The solution requires a license. The payment is on a yearly basis and It is not overly expensive."
  • "Every product is licensed with full support for a certain number of years. The licensing could be cheaper."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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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. 

    VMware vSAN is a software-defined storage product that is used in collaboration with VMware ESXi hypervisor and that provisions and manages storage based on policies, regardless of the underlying hardware. The solution enables you to prime your business for growth through its seamless evolution (it is integrated with vSphere and requires no new tools), its flexibility, and its multi-cloud capabilities. As an industry-leading software, VMware vSAN provides high levels of performance with minimal impact on CPU and memory.

    VMware vSAN Features

    VMware vSAN has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • Storage policy-based management (SPBM): VMware vSAN supports storage policy-based management for automated management of storage profiles.
    • Software-defined data-at-rest encryption: With this VMware vSAN feature, you can prevent unauthorized access of data at rest.
    • Multiple nodes: VMware vSAN provides clusters that can include as few as 2 nodes or as many as 64 nodes.
    • High security and availability: VMware vSAN offers stretched clusters, allowing more than one virtualization host server to be used in the same setup, promoting higher security as well as availability.
    • Deduplication: VMware vSAN’s deduplication compresses data to ensure efficient storage management and security.
    • HCI mesh updates: VMware vSAN clusters can share storage capacity with non-HCI Sphere clusters and can adopt HCI without having to scale computing resources and storage or replace existing servers.
    • Simplified file services: With VMware vSAN’s file services, backup of file shares is simplified. You can use APIs that allow backup and recovery software vendors to integrate with your VMware vSAN file services, which enables backup software to track new data and add scalability enhancements to files.

    VMware vSAN Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing VMware vSAN. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO): VMware vSAN helps you reduce upfront costs for businesses because it can be easily deployed on inexpensive x86 servers. In addition, its highly scalable infrastructure and quick deployment also save organizations time and money, making it an efficient storage solution. 
    • Good manageability: VMWare vSAN is easy to set up, manage, and provision, without sacrificing performance. 
    • Scalability: VMware vSAN is agile and allows administrators to scale storage on demand, quickly, and efficiently via policies and rules.
    • Simplicity: VMWare vSAN is simple to configure since it is embedded in the vSphere hypervisor. Installing it using the vSphere Web Client can be done quickly. 
    • Reduced risk: VMWare vSAN reduces the risk associated with digital transformations by utilizing existing tools, skill sets, and solutions.

    Reviews from Real Users

    Below are some reviews and helpful feedback written by PeerSpot users currently using the VMware vSAN solution.

    PeerSpot user Yves S., CEO, Cloud Evangelist at Comdivision Consulting GmbH, says, “vSAN gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources. We have an overall larger host infrastructure, and we split that up for specific customer test and use cases. In that specific scenario, we can easily add more hosts or reduce the number of hosts in the environment.”

    A reviewer who works in Infrastructure Security explains, “The ease of use is great. The initial setup and upgrade process was pretty straightforward. And, technical support is great.”

    Laurent N., Director at Softlogic, comments, "The feature that I have found most valuable is that it is easy to deploy. It is easy to create and delete virtual servers. It is easy to create the load balancing and the clustering."

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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Educational Organization10%
    Construction Company9%
    Computer Software Company6%
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    Computer Software Company19%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Computer Software Company9%
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    Financial Services Firm7%
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    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government9%
    Manufacturing Company7%
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    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise15%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise57%
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    Midsize Enterprise27%
    Large Enterprise8%
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    Midsize Enterprise21%
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    Large Enterprise46%
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    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Buyer's Guide
    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. VMware vSAN
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. VMware vSAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is ranked 6th in HCI with 43 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in HCI with 80 reviews. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is rated 9.8, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. 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 VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), StorMagic SvSAN, Dell PowerFlex and Dell vSAN Ready Nodes, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Cloud Infrastructure (NCI), HPE SimpliVity and Pure Storage FlashArray. See our StarWind HyperConverged Appliance vs. VMware vSAN report.

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