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StorMagic SvSAN is the #10 ranked solution in top Software Defined Storage (SDS) tools and #17 ranked solution in HCI Software. PeerSpot users give StorMagic SvSAN an average rating of 8.0 out of 10. StorMagic SvSAN is most commonly compared to VMware vSAN: StorMagic SvSAN vs VMware vSAN. StorMagic SvSAN is popular among the large enterprise segment, accounting for 51% of users researching this solution on PeerSpot. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 26% of all views.
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What is StorMagic SvSAN?

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.

StorMagic SvSAN was previously known as StorMagic .

StorMagic SvSAN Customers

E.ON, Bayer, NHS, Keiser Corp., TDK, Oxford University, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Bridgestone, Argos, UnitedHealthcare, Harris Corp.

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StorMagic SvSAN Pricing Advice

What users are saying about StorMagic SvSAN pricing:
  • "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."
  • "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 licensing cost is $7,000 per two nodes for two terabytes."
  • "70% cheaper than competitors and provides all the enterprise feature requirements at low cost."
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    Vebjorn Nergaard - PeerSpot reviewer
    Senior IT Engineer at Guard Automation AS
    Real User
    Top 5
    Effective redundancy, good interface, and responsive support
    Pros and Cons
    • "StorMagic SvSAN is a very effective solution and the interface is good."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    I am using StorMagic SvSAN in a biogas plant for industrial automation systems.

    What is most valuable?

    StorMagic SvSAN is a very effective solution and the interface is good.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using StorMagic SvSAN for six months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    I have found StorMagic SvSAN to be stable and have good redundancy.

    The stability of StorMagic SvSAN has proven to be very stable. In the period we've been running the solution it's been working well and the redundancy has been flawless. This is where you turn off one server the other one is functional without the other.

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    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    StorMagic SvSAN is a highly scalably solution.

    To have scalability in StorMagic SvSAN you have to set the license for different steps. The licenses you can purchase are for two, four, six, et cetera terabytes. If you want to scale up the terabytes you expand with hard drives and change the license. There's no problem with scaling.

    We have approximately 40 people using this solution. The solution runs in the background and they would not know they are using it but they are.

    How are customer service and support?

    I am satisfied with the support. I found it simple to receive the resources I needed from them. When you contact the help desk, you receive a quick response.

    How was the initial setup?

    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.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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.

    We use the solution in a close network. We would like the possibility to activate the solution offline. At this time there is no offline activation, this would be appreciated.

    The price of the solution is good is very good. Two terabytes are approximately 1,000 euros per node.

    Which other solutions did I evaluate?

    I have evaluated HPE StoreVirtual, VmWare vSAN and Starwind Virtual SAN (vSAN) is very similar to it.

    What other advice do I have?

    We had some issues with StorMagic SvSAN because it is deployed on Microsoft Hyper-V, not VMware. In this Microsoft Hyper-V, there were some problems with servers in 2019. This was a part of the operating system that had a special update. It's a little complicated but it was fixed in the end. The problem was that when we had the issue, we did not realize what the problem was. We managed to address this issue and they found a workaround. The problem has been solved.

    I would recommend this solution to others.

    I rate StorMagic SvSAN a nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    PeerSpot user
    Owner at a computer software company with 1-10 employees
    Reseller
    Top 10
    A software-defined storage solution with a useful synchronization feature
    Pros and Cons
    • "This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers."
    • "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"

    What is our primary use case?

    We use StorMagic SvSAN in two hotels. The hotel needed redundant servers, and we installed two servers on each site with StorMagic. We use it for server availability. We used it with VMware, and we synchronize disks with StorMagic and VMware disks as common storage on both servers. 

    What is most valuable?

    This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers.

    What needs improvement?

    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 how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using StorMagic SvSAN for a couple of months.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's very stable and uses very low process and memory resources. It works well.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's scalable for edge products. Because on the edge, you can use a maximum of three servers. If you use many servers, you should use data center products like VMware vSAN or Nutanix. For edge, it's very scalable because, with three servers, you can have about 100 virtual machines in the area. It's more than enough for edge situations.

    How are customer service and technical support?

    I have contacted StorMagic sales representatives and technical consultants before installation. They are very helpful, and they know the product and the configurations very well. They helped with the trial installations and post-setup review. I more than appreciate StorMagic's technical support.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    I have experience with data center products, but that was before StorMagic. I was looking for a cheap edge product that was suitable for two servers. One of my colleagues suggested StorMagic, and it's our gig now.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup and installation are very easy with StorMagic because StorMagic has a VMware vCenter plugin. When you install the plugin, it's easy to deploy StorMagic appliances and configure all of them.

    What about the implementation team?

    We implemented this solution by ourselves.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would generally recommend this product to potential users.

    On a scale from one to ten, I would give StorMagic SvSAN a nine.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Private Cloud
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    SANJAY HASIJA - PeerSpot reviewer
    Founder at FieldFeet
    Real User
    Top 5
    Helps ensure business continuity and gives zero downtime
    Pros and Cons
    • "It gives zero downtime and it works with two nodes rather than three nodes, unlike other solutions."
    • "There are two features missing: there's no REST API functionality, and there is no date duplication in it."

    What is our primary use case?

    This is being used as an ERP solution. There are 600 retail showrooms that are accessing the application for online billing, so we can't afford any downtime. It basically helps us ensure that there is business continuity. There is no billing, which is stopped while the retail is going on. In the past, we've had some downtime, so this solution is helping us.

    We are using the latest version, which is 6.3. The solution is deployed on-premises. There's no cloud version.

    What is most valuable?

    We went for this solution for two reasons. The first reason is because it was an ERP solution and it was cost effective for a two terabyte requirement. The second reason is because it gives zero downtime and it works with two nodes rather than three nodes, unlike other solutions.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I have been using this solution for two years.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    It's pretty stable so far. There haven't been any complaints.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    It's not a scalable product. It's meant for a small organization.

    How are customer service and support?

    Technical support is pretty good.

    Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

    We were using a replication solution, which wasn't a virtual SAN. It wasn't software defined storage. It was more like a replication solution, which is replicating one server to the other. In case the server fails, the other works. Then there was a downtime of two or three minutes, so it wasn't strong enough to give zero downtime.

    How was the initial setup?

    Installation was straightforward. Only one person is necessary to manage the solution.

    What about the implementation team?

    We used an integrator. 

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    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 $5,000.

    What other advice do I have?

    I would rate this solution 7 out of 10. 

    My advice is that if you're looking at a two node kind of deployment or looking at edge deployment, it could be a good solution.

    The sales team is a little difficult to deal with. It's not a very transparent organization, so they're very rigid on certain things.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Ahmed_Taha - PeerSpot reviewer
    Director Of Operations at Diverse
    Real User
    Top 5Leaderboard
    Easy to use, has good integration, and no issues with technical support
    Pros and Cons
    • "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."
    • "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."

    What is our primary use case?

    My company deployed StorMagic SvSAN for the customer because he was using it as a SAN storage for his virtual machines with virtualization or normal workloads. The customer was upgrading to a Kubernetes virtualization environment, so he needed storage to be able to do that.

    What is most valuable?

    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.

    What needs improvement?

    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.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    StorMagic SvSAN is a stable product.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    StorMagic SvSAN is a scalable product. One of its major advantages being a software-defined storage solution is scalability.

    How are customer service and support?

    We didn't use the technical support for StorMagic SvSAN much, but our customer didn't share any major problems while talking to support.

    How was the initial setup?

    The initial setup for StorMagic SvSAN was straightforward, but some of the customizations in terms of application performance needed some enhancement. Deploying the entire solution took one and a half weeks including the optimization.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    A different team is responsible for StorMagic SvSAN licensing, so I'm unsure of the licensing model for it.

    What other advice do I have?

    My company is not using StorMagic SvSAN, as it is an implementer. The solution was just deployed for a couple of hours.

    StorMagic SvSAN is in my company's portfolio and it's a solution being recommended more, especially to a customer who is open to software-defined storage versus traditional storage.

    I'm rating StorMagic SvSAN eight out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    On-premises
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    Levent Ozdayi - PeerSpot reviewer
    Managing Director at Prianto Ltd
    Reseller
    Top 10
    The best choice for performance and price
    Pros and Cons
    • "StorMagic SvSAN's best feature is that it is platform agnostic."
    • "In the next release, StorMagic SvSAN should include multi-node clusters, which would allow storage spaces to be used more efficiently."

    What is our primary use case?

    The primary use case for StorMagic SvSAN is providing availability to different sites. You can have multiple sites, all of which will replicate the data to each other.

    What is most valuable?

    StorMagic SvSAN's best feature is that it is platform agnostic. It also provides configuration flexibility as it's fully independent from any platform.

    What needs improvement?

    In the next release, StorMagic SvSAN should include multi-node clusters, which would allow storage spaces to be used more efficiently.

    For how long have I used the solution?

    I've been using StorMagic SvSAN for a year.

    What do I think about the stability of the solution?

    StorMagic SvSAN is highly stable with no data loss.

    What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

    StorMagic SvSAN can be scaled horizontally by adding new nodes into the cluster or scale by adding new disc hardware into the server platform. You can also increase your license capability easily.

    How are customer service and support?

    StorMagic SvSAN's technical support is highly enabled - they have a one-hour response time, 24/7, and are very much aware of every use case and platform, so they're able to easily solve any issues.

    How would you rate customer service and support?

    Positive

    How was the initial setup?

    StorMagic SvSAN is easy to deploy, and you can install 1,000 sites as easily as just one because it's centrally managed.

    What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

    StorMagic SvSAN allows customers to eliminate the cost of SAN hardware. It's also 70% cheaper than competitors and provides all the enterprise feature requirements at low cost. Its pricing starts at $4,000 and goes up to $15,000. I would rate its pricing at five out of five.

    What other advice do I have?

    StorMagic SvSAN doesn't have great brand recognition, but it's the best choice for those who care about performance and price. I would give StorMagic SvSAN a rating of nine out of ten.

    Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

    Hybrid Cloud

    If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

    Microsoft Azure
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