We primarily use the solution to provide a safe and secure home for VMs. We are currently only using the computer power, but I like the ability to add GPUs to the device if it is ever needed. We run a bunch of SQL, web services, and remote app servers. The hardware has always been solid, and the 24-hour monitoring is a great safety net. VMs being able to live migrate near-instantly has made updating the hypervisors much easier. The hardware comes from known vendors, so replacement parts are plentiful if ever needed.
We upgraded from older servers, and the Starwind HCA is much faster and more reliable. All of the old VMs can do the same job they always did but with less waiting. With 24-hour monitoring, we can worry less about hardware and software failures. Every time the system has detected an issue Starwind has emailed us before anything went sideways. Migrating VMs is much easier now that the Starwind team has configured the HCA boxes. All this has been done without the need for a separate storage device.
The ease of use is great.
The solution is comprised of high-end hardware components.
The 24-hour monitoring is great.
The sales process is easy.
It is extremely reliable, has very very few issues, and has next to no downtime.
The deployment was very fast, and VMs were migrated without any downtime.
SSD Storage is very fast, and everything I want to do is very very speedy.
It is very configurable, with lots of different options.
I can't think of anything that is missing. Everything has been top-notch from start to finish. Every interaction we have had has been 100% positive. If you are hard of hearing some of their team has strong accents, but I have never had an issue understanding them, nor has any of my team that had a bad interaction with them.
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've been using the solution for about a year.
Support exceeds expectations every time we work together. I have always been able to work with the same engineer, and he knows our network.
We used a SAN with storage spaces. We switched due to buying new hardware and Starwind offering a one-stop-shop.
The solution is cost-effective.
Yes, we looked at HPE and Lenovo.