We just raised a $30M Series A: Read our story

Compare DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN

Cancel
You must select at least 2 products to compare!
Featured Review
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Quotes From Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:

Pros
"The interface is user-friendly.""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 documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.""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 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."

More DataCore SANsymphony SDS Pros »

"The solution is also quite flexible. As an example, other vSAN solutions that we looked at had more stringent requirements regarding mixed HDD/SSD storage which wouldn't have worked in our environment.""High Availability is the best feature of product.""The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space.""A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""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."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Pros »

Cons
"The cloud reporting interface is quite poor compared to other vendors.""Having an enterprise "Storage Dashboard" that can show capacity, usage, performance, and any issues would be very beneficial.""Datacore is developing a new WebUI with new dashboards. It is a good idea as the classic GUI is lacking dashboards.""NVMeoF should be implemented. This protocol will play a major role in storage infrastructure in the future.""Problem detection could be easier. It should help customers identify problems very quickly because it's not easy to analyze on the platform today.""I would like to see reporting added, such as a monthly connectivity report."

More DataCore SANsymphony SDS Cons »

"Having more support plan options would be nice.""If there was a way to automatically put disks in maintenance mode when shutting the host down and exit maintenance mode automatically, that would simplify things.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""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.""Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.""I found that certain browsers are not fully compatible with the administration web access portal.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Cons »

Pricing and Cost Advice
"Pricing has improved but it is still expensive.""This solution allows the use of off-the-shelf hardware and charges by the TB of storage.""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."

More DataCore SANsymphony SDS Pricing and Cost Advice »

"The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""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."

More StarWind Virtual SAN Pricing and Cost Advice »

report
Use our free recommendation engine to learn which Software Defined Storage (SDS) solutions are best for your needs.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The documentation repository is really useful and kept updated.
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: 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 »
Top Answer: The most valuable features are high availability and real-time replication between two servers.
Top Answer: The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.
Top Answer: 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.
Ranking
Views
4,962
Comparisons
3,224
Reviews
6
Average Words per Review
734
Rating
9.8
Views
9,282
Comparisons
3,623
Reviews
37
Average Words per Review
553
Rating
9.7
Comparisons
Also Known As
DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
Learn More
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.

Offer
Learn more about DataCore SANsymphony SDS
30-days for free

Try it today

Sample Customers
Volkswagen, Maimonides Medical Center, The Biodesign Institute, ISCO Industries, Pee Dee Electric Cooperative, United Financial Credit Union, Derby Supply Chain Solutions, Mission Community Hospital, Bellarmine College Preparatory, Colby-Sawyer College, Mount Sinai Health System, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Quorn Foods, Bitburger, University of Birmingham, Stadtverwaltung Heidelberg, NetEnt to name a few.
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Non Profit38%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government12%
Transportation Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company29%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
REVIEWERS
Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise15%
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise33%
Find out what your peers are saying about DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,529 professionals have used our research since 2012.

DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 6 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 2nd in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 37 reviews. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.8, 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, StorMagic SvSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct 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 StorPool. See our DataCore SANsymphony SDS vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

See our list of best Software Defined Storage (SDS) vendors, best Hyper-Converged (HCI) vendors, and best Cloud Software Defined Storage vendors.

We monitor all Software Defined Storage (SDS) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.