2019-12-05T06:53:00Z
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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What is your primary use case for StarWind Storage Appliance?

How do you or your organization use this solution?

Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences.

Thank you!

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AI
Director of IT at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
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2020-06-04T20:17:00Z
Jun 4, 2020

It's the main storage (CSV) for our Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster. We have two devices on Dell hardware that have StarWind VSAN installed, they have 25GB NIC in between for storage replication and all the storage is replicated so we can easily work on one node while the other is active. It's in Active-Active state so the load is shared. The storage is formated as CSV and it works over iSCSI protocol so we use our same network so there is no need for expensive fiber links. We run hundreds of virtual machines on this storage that needs to be always available.

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HB
President at EXAG Multimedia
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2022-09-08T14:06:41Z
Sep 8, 2022

We use it together with Microsoft services.

WH
Network Services Manager at a educational organization with 51-200 employees
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2021-07-15T21:30:00Z
Jul 15, 2021

We were using 4GB FC to support our 3-host ESXi cluster and switched to StarWind over 10GB iSCSI. We installed one 2-node SAN for proof of concept, then another one so we could retire our FC SANs, then another SSD-based one when we needed better performance on critical VMs. We were able to select hardware from our preferred vendor. Two of the clusters run on standalone servers, and the SSD SAN runs on our ESXi hosts, giving us a hyper-converged environment for those servers that need the additional performance.

reviewer1493760 - PeerSpot reviewer
Founder at Provectus Networks
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2021-01-21T16:21:00Z
Jan 21, 2021

I manage a number of different IT environments ranging in the 10 to 500 staff level, and the StarWind Storage Appliance is one of the products that I use in this role.

RM
CTO at Bg-software
Real User
2019-12-05T06:53:00Z
Dec 5, 2019

The use case is that it is cheap and easy to set up. There are no complex software complications. Use this solution for a simple, high-availability setup.

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Related Questions
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 8, 2022
Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with StarWind Storage Appliance. What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?
2 out of 5 answers
RM
CTO at Bg-software
Dec 5, 2019
They could improve by providing integration with HP.
AI
Director of IT at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Jun 4, 2020
It needs more integration with backup vendors so there is native integration with it that will allow storage level backup/snapshots. I would love to see integration with Veeam and Commvault so it can be recognized by them directly and added as network storage. It also will be great if it will be able to send weekly reports about the status of the storage, any issues, etc. More features that will provide how many IOPS you have per volume/disks, with nice charts, etc so you get some insight into what your environment is using.
it_user434868 - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Sep 8, 2022
Hi Everyone, What do you like most about StarWind Storage Appliance? Thanks for sharing your thoughts with the community!
2 out of 5 answers
RM
CTO at Bg-software
Dec 5, 2019
The management interface is the most valuable feature for us.
AI
Director of IT at a computer software company with 201-500 employees
Jun 4, 2020
Another good feature is that you can pause the appliance if you want to move it from one location to another and then once it's moved you can resume it, this way you can physically move the whole cluster or storage without any downtime. Its really easy to use, if you have a good foundation in storage and clustering then you will need less then one hour to figure out how to operate it.
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