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StarWind Virtual SAN

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What is StarWind Virtual SAN?

StarWind Virtual SAN is software-defined storage for efficient storage and backup.

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What is StarWind Virtual SAN?

StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) is presented by the vendor as a lightweight software-defined storage (SDS) for Enterprise ROBO, SMB & Edge that removes the need for physical storage. The solution is compatible with any hypervisor of choice, and is hardware-agnostic. The vendor invites users to integrate it into an existing infrastructure with minimum requirements, and enjoy constant uptime in a true 2-node scenario.

StarWind VSAN has no strict hardware compatibility lists (HCLs) and is licensed per node. A license unlocks access to all features upon purchase and differs only by capacity volume. The vendors promises customers get the chance to reduce their total cost of ownership (TCO) while receiving 99.9999% uptime. StarWind also helps with configuration, deployment, and migration.

StarWind Virtual SAN:

  • provides 90% of raw performance
  • squeezes 100% IOPS out of existing hardware
  • works on the iSCSI layer
  • “speaks” most uplink protocols, including NVMe-oF
  • works on top of Hardware or Software RAID (MDADM, ZFS)
  • does 2- or 3-way synchronous replication, and more.

The true 2-node solution is enabled through HeartBeat (no witness required). Thanks to “mirroring” of internal disks and flash between hypervisor servers, customers receive fault-tolerant storage. It’s scalable up and out, allowing users to introduce infrastructure changes without downtime or additional licensing costs.

StarWind Virtual SAN makes enterprise-level virtual shared storage accessible.

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Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows, Linux
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Frequently Asked Questions

StarWind Virtual SAN is software-defined storage for efficient storage and backup.

VMware vSAN and StorMagic SvSAN are common alternatives for StarWind Virtual SAN.

Reviewers rate Support Rating highest, with a score of 9.6.

The most common users of StarWind Virtual SAN are from Mid-sized Companies (51-1,000 employees).
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Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
we and our IT consultnat were looking for physical tape backups to protect against DR situations but were concerned about the fact that it would require the manual intervention of changing the tapes and sending them offsite as we could easily forget. But then our consultant came across StarWind Virtual SAN, which is the same as having a physical tape library without the hassle of changing tapes. The whole process is automated and we have the option of choosing between multiple cloud storage providers such as Amazon, Wasabi, Azure, etc.
  • we can leverage our existing backup software without replacing it
  • we can create multiple VTL libraries that allows simultaneous upload to cloud
  • Much cheaper than physical tape library and has similar functionality
  • You cannot see how long it takes for the cloud replication will take to complete
  • you cannot search for tapes so you manually have to search when troubleshooting
  • you cannot sort by date/time so it can easily get confusing on finding specific tapes
it's a good solution for people that want the benefits of having a physical tape library but without the costs that come with it and also the manpower required to physically change tapes and then store them somewhere in a secure place.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We use StarWind VSAN to provide highly-available storage for a hyper-converged two node cluster. It allowed us to reduce costs and remove a single point of failure by retiring an aging physical SAN.
  • It is simple to setup and manage
  • It is very reliable
  • There are no areas that need improvement for our use - it just works.
StarWind VSAN is excellent for hyper-converged scenarios.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
n our 3-node Hyper-V Clustering Environment with a 2-node standby, three nodes are online, and two are on standby. Windows Server 2019 is our chosen operating system for the Virtual Host environment. StarWind Virtual SAN serves as our storage solution, utilizing three nodes to virtualize the cluster volume, ensuring optimal performance, high availability, and reliability. The strategic use of standby nodes minimizes potential downtimes, aligning with industry best practices and enhancing our IT infrastructure's efficiency and adaptability to diverse workloads
  • it's minimal the hardware requirement
  • it's can be scale to unlimited node
  • low maintenance
  • backup and restore the configuration
  • sync pause for node restart
  • zero-configuration when adding node
it's doing particular well in our cluster storage environment and we using these V-SAN storage for the virtual machine, Docking
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
Starwind Virtual SAN improved our organization by giving us data recovery options with their Virtual SAN Hyperconverged approach. We deployed the virtual appliance on our existing hardware and connected it with SFP+ Supermicro network adapters in a highly redundant scenario. We are convinced by StarWind Virtual SAN so we are offering this to our customers as well.
  • Data recovery
  • Cost-efficient
  • Scalable
  • Compatibility with broadcom network adapters
The team was very reliable and helpful to answer an RFP and design a solution for our customer. They gave good hints how the network design should be done and what network adapters are not recommended. Very experienced! Clear pricing structure! The deployment and maintenance is very easy and the scalability of the SAN is great!
Only one point is not so nice. The vendor does not recommend to use broadcom network adapters. We currently cannot find other negative points.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
StarWind Virtual SAN was very easy to install with help from support which was offered. Also the updating along the installing was very nice to get. The use is very easy and it's a very simple and effective GUI. I would definitely recommend it. Although we just use it in a 2-node setup. We wanted a 3 node at first but StarWind Virtual SAN support advised that a 2 node would do as well. So they are giving the best help instead of making money. Definitely very easy to use software and very good support.
  • Easy to use GUI
  • Great support
  • Active community
  • Sometimes connections are lost between the nodes
  • Technical knowledge essential
  • Updating must be dond meticulously
Very good support and very good value for money. If you want redundancy with reliable software it's my choice to implement this in a failover cluster. Nice not to depend on MS for a change.
Raffi Jamgotchian - Cybersecurity for Investment Firms | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
StarWind provides a standard based way to set up clusters on commodtiy servers using the tools you already know like HyperV and VMware. On top of that their support is steller. They proactively alert and assist you all along the way.

We leverage StarWind as the base of a Hyper-V Cluster at several clients. It provides immediate high availability, excellent performance for the dollar spent. Our technicians get to use the tools that they are already familiar with like Hyper-V manager.

  • Support is stellar. better than most
  • Usage of existing Tools
  • Proactive monitoring and alerting to issues that come up
  • Improve supply chain availability
  • Diversity of hardware providers
  • a smaller entry level solution for branches or small offices
For companies that have 4-5 or more servers, StarWind is a great solution to provide high availability for a low price. It can scale up very nicely for larger implementations to more like 15-20 servers with ease. Although we haven't used it for even larger environments, it's doable. What its not appropriate are really small locations that have 1-2 servers. Unfortunately no one seems to have a good HCC solution in this space.
Seth Weber | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We're too small for 3 physical hypervisors, but we still have 2 and want high-availability. Native VSAN for the hypervisor we use requires 2 nodes plus a witness, or 3, and we just couldn't do that.On a search for an alternative, I found StarWind. They offer a true 2-node setup with agent VMs on each hosts and 2 high-bandwidth links to each other, and that's it!
  • True 2-node VSAN
  • Redundancy
  • Stability
  • Ease of use
  • SMB-friendly pricing
  • Documentation
If you're a small business (SMB), StarWind is PERFECT for your virtual SAN needs. Whether it be initially designing your infrastructure or replacing an existing SAN setup, a VSAN with StarWind will cut costs and give you all the benefits of SAN (redundancy, expand-ability, etc).
Danny Rackow | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We were needing an HCI setup so we could expand storage as needed without any downtime. Also we needed a setup that was easy to maintain without expensive 40gb switches. The final important feature needed was the ability to replicate to another drive on another host to minimize downtime during a failure, replacement or an upgrade.
  • Customer support
  • Failover by using HCI
  • Expanding storage easily
  • Deduplication
  • Encryption
  • High latency stretched DR
Our needs were pretty basic. We needed a 3 node cluster without using switches. Vmware could NOT accommodate this so we looked for an alternative which I am glad we did as Starwind customer support is 10x better than VMware and the vSAN product is near comparable. Only drawback was the lack of encryption and dedup which was not a deal breaker for us luckily as it hit every other mark we needed.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
Looked to migrate to hyper-converged architecture with an affordable, scalable solution.
Starwind is a fantastic hyper-converged solution for SMB. The price point and pricing options allow for SMB deployment of a plug and play, scalable solution that won't break the bank.
Compared to other options in the HCA space, Starwind stands out. Their monitoring and support is built into the solution and allows for a production ready environment that doesn't take many resources to manage or deploy.
If you run a Hyper-V environment, their single-pane monitoring command platform will greatly assist management of the environment.
  • Scalability
  • Resiliency
  • Affordability
  • Command Center availability with VMware
  • More proactive touch points
  • Recommendations based on monitoring, proactively
Starwind allows for organizations with a small budget to deploy a modern, robust HCA solution.
Organizations that have a need for remote office deployments can find a resilient solution with Starwind HCA as well.
The ability to scale by simply adding additional nodes to the stack provides a unique opportunity.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We reduced our on-site storage by roughly half by moving it to the cloud so we wanted to also downsize our on-site storage cost as well when our NetApp SAN reached end of life. There did not seem to be any good options to accomplish this however until I discovered StarWind VSAN on an onine forum post. After thoroughy checking them out with other customers, scouring the net, talking with sales and tech people and doing a 30 day trial, I was sold. We ended up meeting our goal of reducing on-site stoage cost by half of what we paid for the NetApp 6 years earlier and performance and support have been second to none. I highly recommend StarWind VSAN!
  • High availabilty
  • High performance
  • Easy to administer
  • More guidance/examples/suggestions on how to conduct the free evalutation with ur system
StarWind vSAN is a pefect solution for a small to medum size organization that has reduced on-site storage by moving systems to the cloud and now wants to downsize storage costs as well.
Joni Ljungqvist | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We needed a fault-tolerant, easy to use and simple solution to provide storage to a 2-node high availability cluster without having to invest in expensive and external NAS or SAN storage. Enter StarWind Virtual SAN which provided exactly that, by using the local disk to provide a safe solution to store our files. We can now rely on a cheap, easy to use and manage solution instead of having to invest in clunky external storage.
  • High-availability storage using local disk
  • Easy-of-use setup and managing of the storage
  • Very cost effective compared to alternatives
  • Better and updated documentation on how the CLI works
  • A GUI update would be nice, especially how to navigate the GUI
  • Initial deployment guides for the free version are lacking
Despite some of the drawbacks (lacking documentation that is not updated, GUI not being the prettiest), there really is no alternative to a simple, reliable and cheap virtual SAN solution on the market today. In my opinion, if you have local disk and need fault tolerance for a failover cluster for example, StarWind Virtual SAN really is the best. If you do need a bigger high availability setup using more than 3 nodes, then I'd look at investing in an actual SAN or similar solution instead. But for everything else that is 3 nodes or smaller, StarWind Virtual SAN does the job.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We needed highly available servers to run a food production line. Previously their controller ran on a Windows 10 workstation, and was prone to crashing. With StarWind we were able to deploy a simple 2 node HA cluster to easily deploy the controller and provide safety nets in case one server is to go down in the cluster. With Hyper-V, if one server goes down the other can easily restart it on the secondary node.
  • Cost effective software SAN
  • Real time data replication
  • Ease of deployment and management
  • Better documentation about recommended hardware
  • Better deployment instructions and guides
  • Better documentation about update procedures in a 2 node cluster
It is a great solution if budget is of concern, or if you are using a virtualization product other than VMware and cannot utilize their vSAN. If you're deploying a large scale cluster and using VMware, vSAN might be a better option, depending on the budget available.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
StarWind Virtual SAN is a good solution. It helps our organization to fulfill the need of backup and restoration. Our organization was implementing business continuity plan in which there was a regulatory compliance to implement a solution that help to do scheduled backup and its restoration when needed. The process of implementing a solution is pretty simple and it is readily available for use as well.
  • Improve compliance & risk management
  • Create internal/operational efficiencies
  • Unrivaled Performance on Minimalist Terms
  • The management console of StarWind Virtual SAN is petty complex for does who are new with the product.
  • It does not have local support partner in my country.
Derek Clarke | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
As a seasoned MSP leader, I recognize the significance of dependable and high-speed shared storage for our VMware vSphere Essentials setup, particularly for implementing vMotion and High Availability capabilities. After evaluating the exorbitant costs of external storage alternatives, we decided to leverage a vSAN solution to minimize expenses. Our setup comprises a 3-server VMware vSphere Essentials Plus solution equipped with 8 x SSDs and no HDDs for on-server storage. The solution connects to a 1GB network for production, but we also have 10GB network connections that allow for direct connectivity between servers, further enhancing performance. To ensure seamless integration and centralized management of our resources, we chose StarWind's vSAN solution implemented as a hyper-converged solution, enabling all components to run on the VMware vSphere solution.
  • Ease of Use
  • Product Support
  • Minimal Maintenance
  • Reliability
  • Deduplication
Based on my knowledge of StarWind Virtual SAN, I can suggest the following scenarios where it is well suited:
Small to medium-sized businesses: StarWind Virtual SAN is an affordable and easy-to-deploy solution for businesses with limited IT resources. It provides high availability and fault tolerance for mission-critical applications.
Hyper-converged infrastructure: StarWind Virtual SAN is ideal for organizations that are looking for a hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) solution. It eliminates the need for a separate storage area network (SAN) by converging compute and storage resources into a single server.
Remote and branch offices: StarWind Virtual SAN is a good fit for organizations with remote and branch offices. It allows for centralized management and monitoring of storage resources, while providing local access to data.

On the other hand, there may be scenarios where StarWind Virtual SAN is less appropriate. For instance:
Large enterprises with complex IT infrastructures: While StarWind Virtual SAN can scale to support large environments, it may not be the most suitable solution for complex IT infrastructures that require advanced features such as storage tiering, QoS, or advanced deduplication.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
The MSP that I work for brought on a client who realized they needed help with IT after the acquisition of another company. In the space of a few weeks, that client nearly doubled in size, and the aged tech in use at each location previously wasn't going to cut it. While we originally quoted a traditional SAN deployment for the client, they were concerned about having a single storage unit with two very distant servers. They weren't interested in buying two SANs so that each location could host one. StarWind Virtual SAN allowed us to keep their data synced between two sites without the extra hardware expenditure. This also meant we had rolled out an off-site disaster recovery location since it's unlikely both units would be affected by a disaster simultaneously.
  • Cost-effective
  • Easy to deploy
  • Good support
  • Documentation could be more succinct
  • Support is sometimes difficult to understand verbally
The StarWind Virtual SAN is a wonderfully cost-effective solution for vSAN deployment. Whether it is being vetted as an additional solution to your existing stack of tech offerings by your R&D department or is simply meant to allow them to dip their toes into virtual SANs for the first time, this vSAN is a very low-risk venture.

However, this vSAN is meant squarely for the small to medium business market. As tempting as it might be, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The main issue which has been resolved by StarWind Virtual SAN is virtualization with no extra physical storage required. Backup and restoration is easy with StarWind Virtual SAN. It is easy to use. In our organization we have hypervisor infrastructure it is compatible with hypervisor. The internal storage is shared in between which makes it easy to distribute.
  • Performance Efficient
  • Cost Effective
  • Easy to Deploy
  • Management GUI
  • Documentation
If your organization need SAAS model. The best model so far used is StarWind Virtual SAN. You can have access to trail version free of cost. The same instance can be used for production environment as well.

Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We deployed a pair of Dell hypervisor servers (1U each) and they share the internal storage between each other using StarWind Virtual SAN, eliminating the need for a separate, physical SAN. We have had great success Live Migrating VMs when needed, adding VMs, removing VMs, and backing up and restoring VMs. Their support was very helpful and I highly recommend getting their support.
  • the StarWind Virtual SAN allows us to use Starwind Management Console to confirm health of the sync
  • The High Available nature of the deployment means we can fail over VMs without end users noticing any downtime
  • Their support is proactive alerting when firmware updates are needed (including iDRAC firmware) or when there are any warnings in the event logs, and schedule a time to remediate the issue with you.
  • there is a "command center" VM recommended for monitoring and management which doesn't seem to provide as much value as hoped.
  • We could not install SentinelOne EDR/XDR onto the hypervisor hosts due to the logic behind the vSAN storage.
  • We realized we can not use Azure File Sync Share with Guest VMs on these hypervisors.
If you are considering a High Availability deployment of hypervisors with a physical SAN, you should consider StarWind Virtual SAN, especially if space or technical complexity is an issue. If you are a company with no servers considering buying your first server, consider whether the downtime of guest VMs due to installing updates and rebooting the physical hypervisor is costly downtime or potentially difficult-to-schedule maintenance windows. IT appreciates times when they can avoid working after-hours.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
After one of our Hyper-V hosts went down with a hardware failure, we sought to create a highly available on-prem infrastructure with very limited budget. StarWind Virtual SAN became the obvious choice as it supports a mere 2-node hyperconverged for Hyper-V. We now runs all our production VMs on this cluster and it has been great - we can take down one of the nodes for maintenance even during working hours and VMs just live migrates to the other node in a few seconds - almost no perceivable downtime to end users.
  • shared storage for hyperconverged infra
  • great support
  • documentation sometimes a bit confused
It's great for small clusters with 2-3 nodes, I am not sure about bigger clusters.
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The initial tests were simple to implement (without pleading with salespeople for a POC because a free version was available), and the documentation was correct and enjoyable to read because it was written by a tech (and wasn't hidden behind a pay/registration wall). We utilize the HA storage solution for HVs.We are a small to medium-sized business that cannot justify spending tens of thousands of dollars on suitable HA storage for a failover cluster with two nodes. As a result, StarWind's vSAN was profitable right away. We were coming from an S2D implementation that already caused us a ridiculous amount of headaches (bugs, performance stalls, "we know what's best for you" automatisms), was slow and difficult to manage and troubleshoot, and had the most annoying documentation ever written by human beings.
  • High Availability
  • Cost Effective
  • Scalability
  • Free Trail Version
  • Easy to shift free trail to production
  • Management Interface is quite techie for new users
The installation process is simple as pie. The configuration file is duly referenced. (you can do most things via GUI, just some things are set in the main config file).When implementing, do not hesitate to use the iSCSI Powershell commands (the Windows defaults from Microsoft). It is far more appealing than using a GUI to click.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our Company is a mid-sized IT and cyber security Reseller company that relies on a business-critical ERP system to manage their operations, including sales, and Inventory management. The company has two data centers located in different cities, connected by a dedicated high-speed network link. We were experiencing issues with existing storage infrastructure, which is causing unplanned downtime and system slowdowns, resulting in lost revenue and frustrated customers. After analyzing infrastructure and business requirements, the IT team decided to implement StarWind Virtual SAN to address storage issues. we deployed StarWind Virtual SAN on commodity hardware in each data center, configure the solution to replicate data between the servers, and integrate it with their existing infrastructure. Once the implementation is complete, Company experienced several benefits from using StarWind Virtual SAN. First, the system is much more reliable, with no unplanned downtime or performance issues. This has led to increased customer satisfaction and fewer lost sales due to system unavailability. Second, the company has been able to scale their storage infrastructure as needed, by adding more servers to increase capacity and performance.
  • HA Functionality
  • No unplanned downtime or performance issues
  • Documentation can be improved
  • 3rd Party Integration
We have experienced several benefits from using StarWind Virtual SAN. First, the system is much more reliable, with no unplanned downtime or performance issues. This has led to increased customer satisfaction and fewer lost sales due to system unavailability. Second, the company has been able to scale their storage infrastructure as needed, by adding more servers to increase capacity and performance. This has allowed them to avoid purchasing expensive proprietary storage hardware and reduced maintenance costs. By using this product We ware able to solve their storage issues, improve system reliability and performance, and reduce costs.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We deploy StarWind Virtual SAN to create a shared storage pool from the existing hardware resources. We install StarWind Virtual SAN software on the ESXi hosts and configure them to use local storage devices, such as SSDs and HDDs, to create a highly available storage cluster. By doing so, we achieve several benefits. First, we can improve the performance of virtualized environment by leveraging the local storage devices. Second, we reduce the costs associated with upgrading existing SAN, as StarWind Virtual SAN allows to use existing hardware resources. Third, we improve the scalability of storage environment by adding additional hosts and storage devices as needed.
  • High Availability: StarWind Virtual SAN is designed to provide high availability for mission-critical workloads
  • Performance Optimization: StarWind Virtual SAN optimizes storage performance by using a variety of techniques, such as write-back caching, automated tiering, and deduplication
  • Easy Scalability: StarWind Virtual SAN allows organizations to scale their storage infrastructure easily and cost-effectively
  • Flexible Deployment: StarWind Virtual SAN can be deployed in a variety of configurations, including hyper-converged, converged, and storage-only
  • Cost-Effective: StarWind Virtual SAN is a cost-effective solution for storage virtualization
  • Complexity: StarWind Virtual SAN can be complex to set up and manage, especially for organizations with limited IT resources
  • Limited protocol support: StarWind Virtual SAN supports a limited number of protocols, primarily iSCSI and SMB3
  • Limited scalability for storage-only deployments: In storage-only deployments, StarWind Virtual SAN has a limit of 32 nodes per cluster
  • Lack of reporting and analytics: StarWind Virtual SAN has limited reporting and analytics capabilities, which can make it difficult to monitor and troubleshoot performance issues
  • Limited backup and recovery options: While StarWind Virtual SAN provides some basic backup and recovery options, it lacks advanced features such as snapshot management, backup scheduling, and offsite replication
Very well suited for Remote Office/Branch Office (ROBO): StarWind Virtual SAN is a good fit for organizations that have remote offices or branch offices (ROBOs). The solution can help improve the availability and performance of ROBO workloads by providing local storage that is synchronized with the main data center. Less Appropriate in small workloads, where organizations with small workloads that don't require high availability or performance, StarWind Virtual SAN may be overkill.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We used StarWind Virtual SAN in our Hyper-V clustered environment to create our virtual SAN storage spread across all of our host servers. The business problem the virtual SAN addressed at the moment was the need to create redundant storage spread across all of our host servers which were populated with huge capacity disks. The scope was to present the data disk as a stor for Hyper- V to look at.
  • user friendly user interface
  • Ability to sync data stor
  • Being reliable
  • An overview dash board will be welcomed
When you budget cannot support an appliance SAN and would like to build a fully redundant SAN on the hardware you already own
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Our organization was using the physical storage in our environment and we was facing issues with the storage and the integration of the storage with the virtualization platforms. The physical storage solutions / platforms was costly for us then we had poc session with StarWind and we saw the Virtual SAN as capable product and cost effective as well.
  • Integration with Virtualization Platforms
  • High Availability
  • Replication Synchronization
  • User Interface
  • Support
StarWind Virtual SAN is supported and effective for the users they want the HA and the features of the integration with the virtualization platforms. Virtual SAN is preferred for the organization they have less budget for their storage and they want best and cost effective solution in their premises then StarWind Virtual SAN is recommended.
Matthew Moog | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
ResellerIncentivized
StarWind support, pre-sales, and communication overall is always excellent. They work closely with us throughout the implementations and post-implementation process to ensure we consistently deliver a quality solution to our clients. When our previous vendor for virtual SAN chose to leave the marketplace they offered us a hyperconverged solutions that was well outside the grasp of many of our clients and hence our relationship with StarWind was developed. We evaluated a number of solutions and StarWind was the winner from ease of use to support we felt comfortable making them our go-to vendor for vSAN related solutions.
  • Support is second to none.
  • Simplicity of design and deployment is some of the best out there.
  • Responsiveness of the organization is excellent
  • Support can be inconsistent. Many times different engineers have different ways of doing things. They're all technically correct but create confusion.
StarWind fits extremely well in an environment with limited resources and cost is a strong driving force. StarWind does not fit well within organizations that do not need an HA environment.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Incentivized
We didn't have a SAN solution before StarWind which meant all of our servers were bare-metal. By implementing StarWind's Virtual SAN solution we were able to transform our bare-metal environment into a hybrid of bare-metal and virtual servers. By utilizing virtual servers we are able to scale and test our applications easier and quicker than by using bare-metal servers. This saved us in cost by not needing to order expensive parts whenever we needed a simple server. Now we can just spin up a VM.
  • Easy to setup
  • Easy to add new disks
  • Great support
  • Windows-based NFS is not great
  • Full sync on write-back cache disks
  • no web GUI for management software
If you're looking for a simple and budget friendly SAN then StarWind is a great option. StarWind is very easy to use if you had no experience in using a SAN before. It's very easy to create groups, targets, and review logs. If you're new to virtualization StarWind is a great choice for the backend storage.
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