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Pros
"It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""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.""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.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""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.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."

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

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"This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers."

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Cons
"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.""If there was one thing we could request, it would be the ability to shrink volumes. For example, we want to be able to decrease in the size of the volume.""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""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.""There is no Italian-language version of the software available.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""In the next release, they could make some graphs of the real-time loading, speed of storage, and interfaces. Of course, these can be viewed in other places. But, in the event of a malfunction or troubleshooting, this would be convenient.""This product would benefit from having automated alerting functionality."

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

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"The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an advanced license. Normally, it's in a standard license. It would be better if they had memory caching features in the product. Some backup features should also be in the product"

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy."

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"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."

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"It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the standard license. The vendor positions it as an edge product, so it isn't suitable to compare with VMware vSAN or Nutanix because that's another product altogether."

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Questions from the Community
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… more »
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… more »
Top Answer: We would like to see a real "sexy" storage dashboard with capacity, usage, performance, and error tracking. The cloud… more »
Top Answer: This synchronization is easy with StorMagic, and we can establish availability between servers.
Top Answer: It's fairly cheap when compared to other options. But it can be improved as some features may not be available in the… more »
Top Answer: The only improvement area I can see is their licensing. For example, the memory caching feature is only available in an… more »
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DataCore SANsymphony, SANsymphony, DataCore Virtual SAN
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Overview

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.

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).

StorMagic SvSAN simplifies storage at the edge. It is a virtual SAN, virtualizing the internal storage of two servers and creating an active-active mirror that ensures an exact copy of data resides on both servers at any time. Needing just two nodes in each cluster, using any x86 server, any CPU and any storage combination, SvSAN gives you the flexibility to deploy lightweight, low cost highly available storage as you wish. 

A single, incredibly lightweight witness provides quorum to as many as 1000 SvSAN clusters and they can all be deployed and managed from a central location. Stretch your SvSAN clusters across entire cities for added resiliency. Deploy on VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V or Linux KVM hypervisors and avoid vendor lock-in. Leverage sophisticated caching algorithms when superior performance is required. If security is a priority, implement StorSecure - SvSAN's integrated encryption and key management feature. And if redundancy is a concern, deploy three nodes per cluster to withstand two node failures and still keep your applications online.

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
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.
E.ON, Bayer, NHS, Keiser Corp., TDK, Oxford University, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Bridgestone, Argos, UnitedHealthcare, Harris Corp.
Top Industries
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Manufacturing Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Non Profit38%
Manufacturing Company12%
Government12%
Computer Software Company8%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider30%
Computer Software Company29%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider27%
Manufacturing Company5%
Government5%
Company Size
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise11%
Large Enterprise46%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business55%
Midsize Enterprise30%
Large Enterprise15%
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DataCore SANsymphony SDS is ranked 4th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 6 reviews while StorMagic SvSAN is ranked 18th in Software Defined Storage (SDS) with 1 review. DataCore SANsymphony SDS is rated 9.8, while StorMagic SvSAN is rated 0.0. 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 StorMagic SvSAN writes "A software-defined storage solution with a useful synchronization feature". DataCore SANsymphony SDS is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Pure Storage FlashArray, whereas StorMagic SvSAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, HPE SimpliVity, LINBIT SDS, Veeam Backup & Replication and VxRail.

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