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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?

Hi Everyone,

What do you like most about StarWind Virtual SAN?

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59 Answers
CEO, Founder at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Top 10
31 March 21

The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.

Bern Farrant - PeerSpot reviewer
Security and Systems Engineer at New Creation Consulting
Real User
Top 5
26 March 21

In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.

reviewer1495242 - PeerSpot reviewer
Systems Administrator at Daifuku America
Real User
Top 10
25 January 21

A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.

reviewer1493754 - PeerSpot reviewer
Informatics Analyst III at University of Alabama at Birmingham
Real User
Top 10
22 January 21

The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.

Engineer at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
Real User
Top 10
20 January 21

The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.

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IT Department Manager/Senior IT Administrator at Synergium Sweden AB
Real User
20 January 21

Quick setup, great support, stability is great

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Corporate Technology Manager at MTE Logistix
Real User
Top 10
03 December 20

The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.

reviewer1423983 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at North Valley Health Center
Real User
Top 10
16 October 20

Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us.

TRAIANO ... - PeerSpot reviewer
Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
Real User
Top 5
06 October 20

Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.

Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
Real User
31 July 20

PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.

Justin Graves - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Supervisor at Area Agency on Aging Region 9, Inc.
Real User
Top 5
27 July 20

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.

Davide Bozzelli - PeerSpot reviewer
System Engineer & IT Manager at General Computer Italia
Real User
10 July 20

The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features.

reviewer1378515 - PeerSpot reviewer
CIO at Sheremetevo Security
Real User
05 July 20

Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.

Mart Vernik - PeerSpot reviewer
Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
Real User
28 June 20

StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.

reviewer1351425 - PeerSpot reviewer
CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
Real User
14 May 20

The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete.

Andrey Naumov - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at Craft Group
Real User
19 April 20

It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.

Norman Allen - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Information Technology at Baker Tilly BVI & Baker Tilly Cayman
Real User
Top 20
28 February 20

The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.

reviewer1296921 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company
Real User
25 February 20

It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.

Anton Arutyunyan - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Software Development Department at Everest
Real User
29 January 20

StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.

reviewer1253973 - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Director at a government with 11-50 employees
Real User
20 December 19

When using new (warranty) servers, you can forget about the storage service for several years. The users will not even notice the failure of two servers out of three.

reviewer1253883 - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Network Engineer at OSAS
20 December 19

We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.

reviewer1244424 - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Systems and Security at a wellness & fitness company with 11-50 employees
Real User
04 December 19

It allows me to configure High Availability and failover clustering with some fault tolerance, at a cost point that doesn’t break the bank for a small business budget.

aycayilmaz - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer Engineer at Savronik Electronic
Real User
29 November 19

The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.

reviewer1238652 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a tech services company
Real User
25 November 19

Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.

Abuu Almas - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technical Sales at SSTL Group
Real User
11 November 19

A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware, or Windows can do VSAN configuration and maintain VSAN operations.

Technical Department Manager at ACS SA
Real User
25 October 19

High Availability is the best feature of product.

Andre C A Griffith MSc MBCS MCTS MCP ITIL - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
07 October 19

It has allowed me to effectively and confidently manage the maintenance of hosts where I can power off a host and have its VMs migrate to another one.

Dmitry Sysin - PeerSpot reviewer
Real User
24 September 19

In addition to the main functions of the software, I want to note the excellent work of technical support.

Real User
10 September 19

The most valuable feature for us is having the ability to configure our local storage using a limited number of disks and using the StarWind VSAN software to keep the cluster nodes in perfect sync.

reviewer1157808 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a educational organization with 11-50 employees
Real User
30 July 19

We can lose a site or even two of our three, and we would lose no data and have no outage.

IT Tech/ Network Admin at Society of St James
Real User
16 July 19

The most important feature is the ability to experience the loss of one node or one storage device, and not lose the entire cluster.

reviewer1145355 - PeerSpot reviewer
User with 201-500 employees
Real User
15 July 19

When we need additional storage but want to keep the size of the SANs manageable, the StarWind Virtual SAN has allowed me to do everything needed.

AntonChernomazov - PeerSpot reviewer
SAO Dept. Head at LLC BIT
Real User
11 July 19

Active-active work mode leads to true redundancy of storage and allows us to distribute the load between multiple nodes.

PeerSpot user
Real User
22 June 19

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.

IT manager at Vertical
Real User
10 June 19

It allows you to use ANY consumer or enterprise HDDs and SSDs, and that's a really great thing!

reviewer1100463 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a retailer with 51-200 employees
Real User
22 May 19

StarWind allowed us to deploy highly available shared storage within our budget.

Real User
06 May 19

This solution has a very good user interface, with simple administration/management.

reviewer1073631 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees
Real User
24 April 19

The most valuable feature is the managed service, which has been an important part of monitoring our critical infrastructure.

Николай Фокин - PeerSpot reviewer
User at #1 корпоративный облачный провайдер
Real User
18 April 19

The access to our data is quicker and cheaper than it used to be in a traditional storage system.

Real User
17 April 19

StarWind Virtual SAN is a very easy-to-use solution that can be quickly and easily deployed and configured without intimate and specific knowledge in the virtualization sphere.

Artur Kamalov - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Local Area Network Department at JSC Ufanet
Real User
16 April 19

This has helped to improve the reliability of service and operation in all departments, without having to stop in case of emergency situations.

Real User
16 April 19

Before VSAN, hypervisor configuration changes and updates resulted in VM outages. Now, downtime is dramatically reduced.

Regional IT Manager at SABIS
Real User
14 April 19

User friendly interface and straight forward implementation.

Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
Real User
18 March 19

The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.

IT Manager at a hospitality company with 51-200 employees
Real User
12 February 19

We are able to do maintenance by bringing down one node at a time, rather than having to schedule a complete shutdown.

Information Systems Manager at a aerospace/defense firm with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 20
31 January 19

One of the most valuable features is the way it sets up the virtual SAN, because we don't have to buy a separate appliance for storage. It uses the existing storage on the servers, which is definitely a cost savings for us.

Bryan Schuler - PeerSpot reviewer
Network Administrator at MUM Industries
Real User
24 January 19

The control panel is nice. It gives you a lot of good feedback as to the status and health of the VSAN.

IT Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees
Real User
24 January 19

I like the asynchronous replication and failover features. They are what I'm primarily using it for. The asynchronous replication is helpful because our servers are backed up continuously throughout the day. If anything goes wrong we just fail over immediately. That is a very nice feature to have.

Owner at Split Digital LLC
Real User
23 January 19

It has reduced our overall maintenance and overhead by having to only maintain physical boxes for one cluster instead of having to manage physical boxes for two clusters.

Deputy Director of Technology and Communications at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
23 January 19

The ProActive support gives me peace of mind because I am a one man shop, but with the technical support behind me, I feel like more than just one person. We spent two to three hours, depending on what we have to do, always on the phone, and they do not push to end the call.

CEO at Simplify Technology
12 September 18

Their support goes above and beyond with the integration of their software.

Jason Liu - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Specialist` at Grand River Conservation Authority
27 August 18

The software is easy to setup and manage, and the support is excellent.

LeonKan - PeerSpot reviewer
Virtual Cloud Admin at IST
15 August 18

You can build cheap, reliable, replicated virtual machines clusters using simple servers with an all flash disk or SAS\SATA hybrid tiered by performance storage.

Dr. Byron K. Wallace D.M. - PeerSpot reviewer
Adjunct Professor at Lone Star College
Real User
06 August 18

The best feature is its ease of installation and integration within a current infrastructure.

it_user910362 - PeerSpot reviewer
User at a consumer goods company with 51-200 employees
31 July 18

Active-active HA provides top performance and redundancy.

17 July 18

The product's core feature of virtualizing our storage is by far the most valuable.

TXITGUY9000 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a construction company with 51-200 employees
12 July 18

Ten gigabit Ethernet compatibility, support, ease of use, and management are some positive features.

1981DMC - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Sys Admin at Garland Power & Light
11 July 18

The StarWind tech support is extremely helpful, especially during the initial setup.

FAFCO - PeerSpot reviewer
Director of Technology at FAFCO, INC.
11 July 18

Integration with Microsoft clustering has been perfect, allowing us to leverage our investment in MS server licensing to the fullest.

Related Questions
Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Aug 29, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
2 out of 56 answers
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
18 March 19
The use of the StarWind solution does not have to be just a strictly IT domain. In my case, we needed to find and implement a solution that guaranteed the supervision of security systems in the scenario of a full disaster of our main center of supervision. To achieve that, we needed to use technology that would give us fast and reliable data replication between two supervision centers and would not ruin our security department budget. On the other hand, the solution must be easy to administrate with the tools we had. StarWind Virtual SAN was a bulls-eye. Now, we can transfer the full spectrum of information to remote infrastructure that allows us to ensure continuity, which means better security for the company. The StarWind Virtual SAN management console is intuitive and easy to use.
PeerSpot user
22 June 19
We have a four-host VMware environment with over one hundred and forty virtual servers that runs everything on our network except for backups and video storage. We are using Dell R730xd servers filled with a combination of hard drives and SSDs, as well as some PCIe storage for high-performance VMs.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Sep 12, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
2 out of 42 answers
Specialist in the center of security at PERN S.A.
18 March 19
This solution has a great price for the functionality.
PeerSpot user
22 June 19
The licensing is pretty simple, and the costs are straightforward. Once you buy the license, you are free to build your own hardware solution based on your needs.
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