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Pros
"A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.""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.""The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.""The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy.""Updates to server hardware are now painless and done during working hours with zero stress. We had a RAID failure a few months back, and nobody in the building even noticed and there was no after hours time used for repair.""Speed and high availability have been the most valuable for us."

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"The single-pane-of-glass VMware interface makes configuration and management easy so you do not need IT specialists."

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"Overall the solution is very good.""The solution is quite stable.""Technical support is very helpful and very good at resolving issues.""We've found the solution to be scalable.""We find it easy to deliver this solution.""The scalability of the solution is most valuable.""The solution is stable.""Stretched Cluster is one of the big features that we use across multiple data centers."

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Cons
"Maybe in the future, the replication will be supported in more cloud providers.""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.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.""Management tools could be improved, sometimes the usage seems to be slowed down and confusing. A native web interface could also be an option. I love to see in the future port of the software on a general Linux distribution like RedHat or Ubuntu in order to avoid windows license costs. I would also like to see features like erasure coding implemented. On the VSAN software, I would like to see some improvements in the storage pools (eliminate the usage of the file as a data container and use the raw partition).""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.""If there was one feature I would like to see it would be a built-in subsystem for managing UPS backups shutdown procedures providing a way to initiate VM shutdown on all host servers, shut down the host servers, then put the fault-tolerant mirroring in standby, and finally shut down the StarWind SANs."

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"A new company took over the product and now the support for Maxta has gone way downhill."

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"The pricing could be better when it comes to renewing the licenses.""Reporting currently depends on third party applications and that could be improved.""Disaster recovery needs to be improved, when there is a crisis, there is a problem with what is the quickest way to get out of it.""The UI falls short compared to other solutions. It needs some development to make it more user-friendly.""In a future release, they can bring in the object storage capabilities to this solution. Currently, there is not any compatibility.""It would be ideal if the solution offered some intelligent monitoring.""VMware vSAN could improve by having better integration with other vendors and the storage is limited, I prefer it to the traditional storage.""The price for the hard drive, for vSAN, is very expensive."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The support contract is well worth it. The price for it was very reasonable and their team has been very engaged whenever we reach out.""The cost, including OPEX, is lower compared to other solutions.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair."

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"It is cheap. It is $0.02 a gig.""The price of VMware vSAN is expensive and there is an annual license required.""We pay for a license to use the solution through our company CapEx and then we continue to pay annually.""It is fairly cost-effective for entry to mid-level performance based on the underlying hardware components.""ROI from an administrative perspective is clearly much better because I only have to deal with one user interface.""I would like to use more advanced models of the solution but the price needs to be reduced. There are some extra costs for this solution including a license.""vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower.""It is an expensive solution. There should be more flexible with licensing to allow small businesses the essentials of the solution's features."

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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.
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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.

Maxta MxSP software-defined storage solutions provide organizations the choice to deploy hyper-convergence on any x86 server, using any hypervisor and any combination of storage devices. 

VMware vSAN is the industry-leading software powering Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions.

What vSAN Does

  1. Enables you to evolve without risk. Seamlessly extend virtualization to storage with an integrated hyper-converged solution that simply works with your overall VMware environment and reduces the risk in digital transformation by using existing tools, skillsets and solutions.
  2. Lowers total cost of ownership by 50% or more with capital and operational savings. Reduce storage CapEx, decrease operational costs, manage the day-to-day operations of compute and storage infrastructure, and accelerate responsiveness to traditionally time-consuming tasks.
  3. vSAN helps customers scale to tomorrow. Prepare for tomorrow's dynamic business in the multi-cloud era with a solution designed to utilize the latest storage and server technologies and ready to support a wide range of applications, from current business critical applications to next-gen applications using containers.
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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
VSS Monitoring, Vedams, ESG, City Government of Venray, Intel, Driscoll's
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Top Industries
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider22%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company39%
Comms Service Provider15%
Wholesaler/Distributor7%
Healthcare Company7%
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Financial Services Firm14%
Healthcare Company13%
Retailer10%
Comms Service Provider10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider23%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise24%
Large Enterprise32%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
Find out what your peers are saying about Nutanix, VMware, Dell EMC and others in Hyper-Converged (HCI). Updated: November 2021.
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Maxta is ranked 19th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 53 reviews. Maxta is rated 7.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Maxta writes "Has the ability to have a single-pane-of-glass using the VMware interface but it needs better support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Maxta is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and Red Hat Gluster Storage.

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