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StarWind Virtual SAN vs. StorMagic SvSAN
May 2022
Find out what your peers are saying about StarWind Virtual SAN vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
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Pros
"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.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""The ability for us to manage all of our nodes from the same console makes systems administration very easy.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""The license price is one of the cheapest in the market.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""It is extremely stable."

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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
"This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""The logs can also become very noisy when there is an issue, which is very infrequent.""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.""We just need more integration with Veeam.""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.""There needs to be more visibility on how long the cloud replication will take as there is no current ETA.""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."

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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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  • "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 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 being a bit painful.
    Top Answer:The initial setup cost will be great, especially with the new hardware. The StarWind pricing isn't that expensive compared to others, however, there are yearly maintenance costs to be aware of.
    Top Answer:Some users have commented on online forums and others that the documentation and KB articles could be clearer or better written. However, I found this to be the case a couple of years ago. Now, in… 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 cost. Encryption is a separate cost. That could range from $1,500 for two nodes, to… 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 API functionality, and there is no date duplication in it.
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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.

    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
    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%
    Non Profit6%
    Healthcare Company6%
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    Computer Software Company24%
    Comms Service Provider19%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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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 Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise55%
    Buyer's Guide
    StarWind Virtual SAN vs. StorMagic SvSAN
    May 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about StarWind Virtual SAN vs. StorMagic SvSAN and other solutions. Updated: May 2022.
    610,190 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 46 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 11th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 3 reviews. StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6, while StorMagic SvSAN is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Easy to set up and maintain with good performance capabilities". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StorMagic SvSAN writes "Effective redundancy, good interface, and responsive support". StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and DataCore SANsymphony, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, DataCore SANsymphony, HPE SimpliVity, Veeam Backup & Replication and Red Hat Ceph Storage. See our StarWind Virtual SAN vs. StorMagic SvSAN report.

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