2019-03-18T07:20:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What advice do you have for others considering StarWind Virtual SAN?

If you were talking to someone whose organization is considering StarWind Virtual SAN, what would you say?

How would you rate it and why? Any other tips or advice?

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43 Answers
GD
Virtualized Solutions Engineer at Quanti solutions
User
Top 20
2022-10-27T17:05:00Z
Oct 27, 2022

This is a very user-friendly product that works well overall.

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TF
Sr. IT Systems Engineer at Weidner Property Management LLC
Real User
Top 10
2022-10-09T05:45:00Z
Oct 9, 2022

Do not hesitate to use their technical support - even if it is just to review your configuration for their best practices.

SH
Automation Engineer at Wunderlich-Malec Engineering
User
Top 20
2022-10-05T00:36:00Z
Oct 5, 2022

Before you deliver this to an end client, make absolutely sure that you provide adequate documentation about how to start up and shut down the system. That part can be a little bit tricky and requires you to do things in the proper order.

AS
Chief Technology Officer at American Data Technology, Inc.
User
Top 20
2022-09-30T15:02:00Z
Sep 30, 2022

Our storage infrastructure had been operating flawlessly with great performance and reliability.

TO
Manager, Network at Burnham Holdings Inc
User
2022-08-24T14:12:00Z
Aug 24, 2022

I cannot say enough good things about the support this company gives; more companies need to model this.

RE
IT Infrastructure Manager at Highbridge Caravan Centre
User
2022-08-11T22:47:00Z
Aug 11, 2022

I'd advise others to use their support; it really is great.

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LW
Technical Helpdesk Manager at PurpleJelly Ltd
User
Top 20
2022-06-30T08:31:00Z
Jun 30, 2022

Overall, I really enjoy this product. It's easy to use and support is fantastic.

User
Top 20
2022-06-10T08:57:00Z
Jun 10, 2022

I'd advise new users to not hesitate and just go ahead with it.

MIT - PeerSpot reviewer
IT System Administrator at Ludwig Meyer GmbH & Co. KG
User
Top 10
2022-06-09T14:09:00Z
Jun 9, 2022

I'd advise others to use the free license to test it. The doc is also public. This is the way.

BH
Director Of Information Technology at Cass County Government
User
Top 10
2022-06-09T01:38:00Z
Jun 9, 2022

Give it a shot. They may not be the biggest, however, they're able to play in the field.

BW
Director Of Technical Services at D-J Engineering Group Inc.
User
Top 20
2022-03-30T03:20:00Z
Mar 30, 2022

The solution offers great ROI.

NG
Field Engineering Lead at Superior Support Resources, Inc.
User
Top 20
2022-03-28T18:43:00Z
Mar 28, 2022

I'd advise users to initiate lots of communication with their support staff. Their responses are quick and sufficient.

JT
Lead Network Engineer at consulting group
User
Top 20
2021-12-21T18:06:00Z
Dec 21, 2021

I rate StarWind Virtual SAN nine out of 10.

FJ
User at Framenet 3
User
2021-10-27T17:13:10Z
Oct 27, 2021

StarWind VSAN is a winning horse: better price than competitors, better performance, IO speed written guarantee, backup integrated in the solution, unbeatable technical service, 


What else do you wish?

reviewer1667487 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Architect at HS Data Ltd
User
Top 10
2021-09-10T10:04:00Z
Sep 10, 2021

We strongly recommend that you develop a good relationship with the vendor (or a good partner). In our experience, they played a key role in the success of the solution.

FS
Company Owner at a insurance company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-05-28T14:00:00Z
May 28, 2021

In summary, I think it's the best solution I could buy to achieve my goals.

IJ
IT Director at Marion County R-II School
Real User
Top 20
2021-05-25T15:57:00Z
May 25, 2021

Other than automated alerting, there is no real product feature that I feel would be useful to us. We have had no issues with the software as is. There are no gaps that we have had to fill in with other solutions or challenges that have caused us to redesign or change our intended implementations. I have installed a few updates from the initial installation and found that process to be quite easy and successful each time as well. I look forward to seeing how they may innovate in the future and bring benefits we have not considered.

User
Top 20
2021-04-20T13:30:00Z
Apr 20, 2021

As of this time, I really do not have a wishlist of features beyond perhaps some automated notifications of any changes, sync issues, etc. That being said, we have not had any operating issues come up that I would have really needed automated alerts for, so this would just be a wish list item. From what we have implemented, we are not finding any lacking features or issues with our configuration that we would like to see improved. If this changes over time, I would certainly update my opinion, but for what was advertised, we feel like this is a pretty stable product that is meeting its goals.

DH
Web Services and Systems Development at a non-profit with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
2021-04-14T16:03:00Z
Apr 14, 2021

Overall, StarWinds vSAN is a cost-saving storage option with top-notch support.

MC
CEO, Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
User
Top 10
2021-03-31T07:41:00Z
Mar 31, 2021

The StarWind VSAN product is very well developed in many areas.

FF
IT Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
2021-03-16T19:30:32Z
Mar 16, 2021

Make sure to consider the requirements of your environment. If you're in a high-performance-driven environment, I don't think this is the right solution. In this case, I would go with a traditional storage solution because you'll get better performance out of a physical one. For me, it's just a cheaper solution that doesn't require indigenous apps, etc. I would not go for enterprise deployment. I'll go with the traditional one. Make sure your requirements fit with what you want to buy. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight.

reviewer1495242 - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at Daifuku America
Real User
Top 10
2021-01-25T22:21:00Z
Jan 25, 2021

After we purchased the software, we were able to contact support right away. I would suggest you take advantage of this, as they are quick to respond and got my software up and running literally within minutes.

MP
Engineer at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Real User
Top 10
2021-01-20T14:19:00Z
Jan 20, 2021

I have not been using the product for long enough to objectively name the features that should be added in the next release or would not suit me in the current release. The functions that I needed to work on do not cause any complaints from me.

TRAIANO ... - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
Real User
2020-10-06T18:20:00Z
Oct 6, 2020

Mainly that the costs would be less expensive.

RG
Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
Real User
2020-07-31T13:07:00Z
Jul 31, 2020

By letting the support team do it next time, as based on their knowledge we have the correct configurations.

reviewer1378515 - PeerSpot reviewer
CIO at Sheremetevo Security
Real User
2020-07-05T08:02:00Z
Jul 5, 2020

This product is definitely worth the investment.

Mart Vernik - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
Real User
2020-06-28T08:57:00Z
Jun 28, 2020

Product updates are not that frequent (two-three times per year). Also, it concerns me that back-end OS (we are using StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere and it's built on top of CentOS 7) is not updated every time the update is coming out. For example, our installation is more than half a year un-updated, and there are many updates available for CentOS. StarWind support does not recommend installing them independently.

Andrey Naumov - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at Craft Group
Real User
2020-04-19T14:43:00Z
Apr 19, 2020

Everything works. I am completely satisfied with the reliability and speed.

Anton Arutyunyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Software Development Department at Everest
Real User
2020-01-29T14:36:00Z
Jan 29, 2020

StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios. You should be totally sure to avoid "split brain" in a two-node clustering with a redundant heartbeat, but without any external witness/arbitrator it is not against the solution`s concept.

reviewer1253973 - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-12-20T06:36:00Z
Dec 20, 2019

This is an optimal product for large fault-tolerant solutions.

reviewer1253883 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Network Engineer at OSAS
Vendor
2019-12-20T00:57:00Z
Dec 20, 2019

StarWind has been an excellent solution for our virtual storage needs. There are features like remote replication that we don't currently use but could provide excellent disaster recovery for a remote site.

reviewer1244424 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Systems and Security at a wellness & fitness company with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-12-04T18:12:00Z
Dec 4, 2019

My advice for anybody who is considering this solution is to give it a try. Implementing a UPS along with it is a good idea.

aycayilmaz - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Engineer at Savronik Electronic
Real User
2019-11-29T07:45:00Z
Nov 29, 2019

Overall, the Starwind software, support, and implementation was great. I would highly recommend it.

reviewer1238652 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a tech services company
Real User
2019-11-25T22:42:00Z
Nov 25, 2019

We're satisfied with the features available.

Abuu Almas - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
Real User
2019-11-11T09:46:00Z
Nov 11, 2019

For now, StarWind has satisfied my needs, as my requirement was to create a failover environment for the servers, also allowing the system to run with less administration.

NC
Technical Department Manager at ACS SA
Real User
2019-10-25T16:58:00Z
Oct 25, 2019

I recommend this solution because it gives me flexibility and expandability. It works like a charm without any problem or concern.

it_user1194465 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT at SOMIAC
Real User
2019-09-24T14:00:00Z
Sep 24, 2019

I think the software is very good. At the moment, I have not encountered problems that I could not solve.

Real User
2019-09-10T15:57:00Z
Sep 10, 2019

So far, the software is doing everything we need.

reviewer1157808 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
2019-07-30T21:04:00Z
Jul 30, 2019

If you're at all interested then build a few systems using old hardware, or just spin up a few VMs. You get ninety percent of the features for free so there is no cost to try it out. The free version is great to use for labs or test environments.

it_user1146222 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
Real User
2019-07-16T15:44:00Z
Jul 16, 2019

Technical support is the thing that completes a good product. If the software is good but you can also count on fast and accurate resolutions then you have got everything you need.

reviewer1145355 - PeerSpot reviewer
User with 201-500 employees
Real User
2019-07-15T16:02:00Z
Jul 15, 2019

Their support team is terrific. I have only had to reach out to them on a couple of occasions. They responded quickly and helped me to get things resolved right away.

BB
User at GOSHEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Real User
2019-06-22T01:26:00Z
Jun 22, 2019

Unless you need a lot of special third-party integration with other systems, it is a great low-cost solution that gives you whatever level of performance you decide, based on your hardware.

KL
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
Real User
2019-03-18T07:20:00Z
Mar 18, 2019

In my case, in the day-to-day use, I don't see much area for improvement for StarWind Virtual SAN solution. It's fast, reliable, and almost meets all of my expectations.

Related Questions
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
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Nov 3, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with StarWind Virtual SAN. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
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KL
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
Mar 18, 2019
It would be great if the Linux version of the management console offered the same features as Windows.
BB
User at GOSHEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Jun 22, 2019
The ability to manage the SAN with vSphere would be nice. It would also be of benefit to have more vSAN-like features, like not having to worry about creating multiple volumes. It would be nice if we could designate pools, or tiers, for storage of different speeds, and then assign rules to new VMs that would automatically place them into the proper pool.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Nov 3, 2022
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
2 out of 63 answers
KL
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
Mar 18, 2019
The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.
BB
User at GOSHEN COMMUNITY SCHOOLS
Jun 22, 2019
The most valuable feature is the fact that the nodes are Active/Active, and allow us to do upgrades on any node without any downtime.
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