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"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""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.""It is extremely stable.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""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."

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"It supports the latest technology of NVMe SSD, which is PCIe-based SSD. It has a very good IOPS performance as compared to vSAN. For the same system, I get 1,000 IOPS with vSAN, and with Sunlight, I am able to get almost 10,000 IOPS. In terms of features, it has almost all the features, such as HA and centralized dashboards. It can be managed centrally, and the visibility of the system is very good. They also have very good technical support and customer or partner training."

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"Overall the solution is very good.""VMware vSAN is a global solution, so we can manage all the storage solutions in one place. It's embedded in VCI solutions.""It is very easy to set up and very easy to use. It is very useful.""Easy to deploy and manage.""We've found the solution to be scalable.""I like the orchestration feature.""We can also create test cases. We can even throttle down performance or release more performance. So, we can run more precise test scenarios.""VMware vSAN is easy to configure, with basic functionality and the customer can maintain the solution."

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Cons
"I would like to see different levels of support offered.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""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.""StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct.""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.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode."

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"Its reporting and dashboards need to be improved. It currently has very basic reporting options. It should also be made easier to deploy on Unix operating systems. It is easy to deploy on Windows and Linux, but it is currently not easy to deploy on Unix."

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"Integration could be better.""VMware vSAN could improve by having better integration with other vendors and the storage is limited, I prefer it to the traditional storage.""The only negative point relates to the licensing. If you want multiple, different servers, it costs money, but you have all the capacity for vSAN. You do not reach the data, but the processor arrays and the current architecture.""They should provide Deduplication and Compression over the hybrid drives.""The customer service is good but there is a cost for it. It does not come free.""In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility.""VMware vSAN could improve by adding NAS and object storage.""The pricing could be better when it comes to renewing the licenses."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment."
  • "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."
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  • "If they could reduce the cost, it would be better. Licensing costs are something that they could take care of. If you are a smaller and strong IT team, then VMware vSAN is a very good product. If you want to expand in the service provider space, then you will have to go for an open-source solution like OpenStack. We are now looking at OpenStack because we sell licensing costs. We are a service provider, so the IT component data is a substantial component in our overall costing. We feel that OpenStack might help us to cut down the licensing cost. Therefore, we are looking at SAS storage instead of vSAN. SAS is open source, but it is not wise to have open source without having the backend support. We are using RedHat SAS, and it is an open-source solution. You can also have a free version, but we are using it with support from RedHat so that we have somebody to back us up in case we have a problem. If you do normal business, then IT expense is 1% or 2% of the total turnover. The higher licensing costs sometimes don't make difference to the big companies who are not service providers and are using it only for their internal use. For them, the IT cost is 1% or 2%, but for an IT service provider, the IT costs will go up to 15% to 16% of the total cost of the operations. This is where the licensing costs become irrelevant. For example, the licensing cost of using VMware, VC, and vSAN is 8% of my monthly revenue. Every month, I pay about $35,000, and, with the revised plan, it will be something like $50,000 or revenue of 600k per month, which means almost 8% of the revenue is going into VMware licensing. In a very competitive world, 8% as a cost element is huge. So, if I can bring it down to 2%, I save 6% in revenue expenditure. In terms of profit, 6% of 30% is something like another 25% increase in my profit. My profit can be almost 25%. It would be 20% to 25% in case I am able to handle the licensing costs and bring them to a very low level. Because these IT costs are substantial for us, that is why we are going with OpenStack. OpenStack has a limitation that it requires more hardware. There will be some increase in the hardware cost, but overall we will save 5% to 6% of our licensing cost by using OpenStack."
  • "It is fairly cost-effective for entry to mid-level performance based on the underlying hardware components."
  • "The price is expensive."
  • "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."
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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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    The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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    The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for… more »
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    It supports the latest technology of NVMe SSD, which is PCIe-based SSD. It has a very good IOPS performance as compared… more »
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    Its reporting and dashboards need to be improved. It currently has very basic reporting options. It should also be made… more »
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    We are a system integration company and a partner of VMware and Sunlight. We have deployed Sunlight for our clients. We… more »
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    While both run on the vSAN technology from VMware, vSAN needs to be deployed on vSAN ready nodes while VxRail is an… more »
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    We found the reduced power consumption with Nutanix Acropolis AOS a very attractive feature. We also like the interface… more »
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    HPE SimpliVity is a hyper-converged infrastructure solution that is primarily geared to mid-sized companies. We… 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.

    Sunlight is a complete HCI stack that can be deployed on-premise on standard data center hardware, in AWS and on resource-constrained far-edge devices.

    VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

    What vSAN Does

    1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
    2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
    3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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    Manufacturing Company11%
    Construction Company6%
    Healthcare Company6%
    Non Profit6%
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    Computer Software Company25%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company5%
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    Comms Service Provider24%
    Computer Software Company20%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Construction Company8%
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    Financial Services Firm13%
    Healthcare Company12%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Retailer10%
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    Computer Software Company28%
    Comms Service Provider24%
    Government7%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Small Business66%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise14%
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    Small Business45%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise38%
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    Large Enterprise47%
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    Small Business21%
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    Large Enterprise67%
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    Sunlight is ranked 21st in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 65 reviews. Sunlight is rated 8.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Sunlight writes "A feature-rich solution that supports NVMe SSD and has centralized management, great performance, and good support and partner training". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Sunlight is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage.

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