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"The interface is user-friendly.""Continuous data protection (CDP), can be used to "protect" again ransomware by recording all write on disk in a log. You can recover your data with incredible time granularity.""The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.""The ability to pool the storage to leverage thin-provisioning is a huge saving in space and costs.""It's a software storage solution that can scale as we like. There is also has a parallel feature that enhances the performance of the storage solution. We can separate storage and computing, and we can scale these two parts of the platform to meet business needs efficiently.""SANsymphony is flexible, with many potential options for implementation. SANsymphony's can be used with VMware, Hyper-V, or even with a hypervisor agnostic approach. It can also be used for strictly physical non-virtualized solutions.""CDP is an important feature for avoiding data loss in the event of ransomware attacks. You need more storage capacity, however, you get the possibility to return at any time and use the data saved up to that point. The recovery is much faster than with a classic restore.""The solution's most valuable feature is its versatility, with there being support for all new hardware technologies and platforms, disc mirroring and very effective auto tiering."

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"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""It has a nice, simple control panel. You can clearly see the state and health of storage along with the synchronization.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""This solution enables us to make better cost-effective use of our existing hardware and leverage the current infrastructure at a higher level than we could before.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""This solution made it possible to deploy a new infrastructure in the shortest amount of time, at a low cost without purchasing expensive hardware storage, and use unused servers."

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"The solution could be better packaged and marketed.""SANsymphony is missing some features that vSAN has. For example, vSAN has a special feature called continuous data protection. It provides the ability to go back in time to a given moment. You can see what was on your disk in the past up to two weeks. That's a great feature because ransomware attacks are increasingly common, and that provides you some kind of protection.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.""I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards.""The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today."

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"I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""Being able to run StarWind vSAN on top of any free UNIX operating system to build a resilient iSCSI/FTP/SMB storage system would be useful.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "Pricing has improved but it is still expensive."
  • "This product has a good ratio between quality and price. In many cases, it's less expensive to work with DataCore than other storage systems."
  • "This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage."
  • "The solution is cost effective."
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  • "The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions."
  • "This is the best priced solution for an SMB."
  • "The premium support from StarWinds is a must have. The ability to have access to a storage engineer 24/7 is a must for a production environment."
  • "The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."
  • "I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."
  • "I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most."
  • "The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect."
  • "The cost was ultimately low to implement, which allowed us to be 3-2-1 complaint."
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    Questions from the Community
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    The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.
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    The main work in building a SANsymphony solution is to design and select the correct hardware parts. The setup is quite easy and the configuration is too. The licensing is by terabyte and can be quite… more »
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    We would like to see a real "sexy" storage dashboard with capacity, usage, performance, and error tracking. The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors. We are far from an… more »
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    The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
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    The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
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    The StarWind Management Console is available only for Microsoft Windows/Windows Server, and should also be available for Linux and macOS, as it would reduce implementation costs.
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    Overview

    DataCore™ SANsymphony™ enterprise-class Software-defined Storage (SDS) platform provides a high-performance, highly available and agile storage infrastructure with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

    For SMB, ROBO, Cloud and Hosting providers, who look to cut down virtualization expenses, our solution is StarWind VSAN. It is software that eliminates any need in physical shared storage by basically “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. There is less hardware to buy in general, consequently less money is spent on purchase and maintenance. The existing hardware is used with maximum efficiency, so there is no money wasted at all.

    StarWind Virtual SAN targets those who already have servers, or are bound to a particular vendor list to buy from. In case there is a new virtualization infrastructure to be built from scratch, StarWind offers a much better way – StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It is a turnkey solution complete with hardware and software, powered by StarWind Virtual SAN. Those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

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    Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
    563,148 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 8 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 34 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of DataCore SANsymphony SDS writes "Provides HA virtualized storage independent of storage type or vendor". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, StorMagic SvSAN and Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and StorMagic SvSAN. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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