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Pros
"Our goal with NetApp HCI is to have no single point of failure.""The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your needs without changing the appliance. You just add space and decide the percentage of space that you need free and the percentage of space that you need for backup. It is all automatic, and you don't have to do anything. You just add space, and the system automatically configures itself with the chosen option.""The solution is very scalable."

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"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.""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.""The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""Highly available storage is the most valuable feature. The entire rollout is hyper-converged and requires no extra storage further than the hosts in which Hyper-V is running. Another feature that has been great is the support from StarWind in general. We have their proactive support package on the main cluster that employs Starwind Virtual SAN.""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.""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.""The ability to run the software virtually on every virtualization platform and the ability to eliminate all storage vendor locking are the most valuable features."

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Cons
"Its stability is very bad. It has been crashing continuously. In one year, we got three crashes, which is unbelievable for an appliance that is guaranteed for 10 years without any crash.""The vCenter keeps crashing, meaning that there is no stability in our environment.""The networking needs improvement."

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"The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.""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.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved.""It would help if the manufacturer provided clearer and more detailed documentation, with explanations of how the application can be installed in various HA configurations.""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.""I would like to see some additional, and possibly clearer, implementation videos with some slower and possibly more detailed descriptions of what the various steps of implementation are for someone who is unfamiliar with high availability and failover clustering in Windows.""Although minor, some of the documentation could be rewritten to be clearer.""I wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.""The licensing fees are renewed annually.""Licenses run on a yearly basis, and there aren't any additional fees other than the standard licensing fee."

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"StarWind is a low-cost, full-featured alternative to the traditional SAN environment, and their support will guide you every step of the setup.""The cost takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""I think that purchasing StarWind Virtual SAN Professional Edition would be optimal for most.""This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The ability to size the available space in a way that matches our company's needs is most valuable. For instance, you can decide if you want 80/20, 70/30, or 60/40 space. Redundancy depends on your… more »
Top Answer: Its price is aligned with the market. In addition to the standard licensing fees, there is an integrator cost.
Top Answer: Their after-sales support, SLA, and third-parties availability should be improved. NetApp's support is very difficult to engage. We have an SLA of onsite support within 24 hours. but they don't… 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.
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Overview

NetApp HCI is the only true enterprise-scale hyper converged cloud infrastructure. NetApp HCI comes in a 2 RU chassis with 4 node expansion slots.

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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Sample Customers
American Showa, Children's Mercy, Coca-Cola, Consultel Cloud, Evangelische Landeskirche in Wurttemberg, Imperva, Surface Mount Technology
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
Top Industries
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Transportation Company18%
Pharma/Biotech Company12%
Insurance Company12%
Manufacturing Company12%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider17%
Manufacturing Company14%
Government6%
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Manufacturing Company7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise31%
Large Enterprise50%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business5%
Midsize Enterprise13%
Large Enterprise82%
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Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
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Small Business47%
Midsize Enterprise19%
Large Enterprise34%
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NetApp HCI is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 3 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 37 reviews. NetApp HCI is rated 5.0, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of NetApp HCI writes "Crashes continuously, complex to deploy, and bad after-sales support". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". NetApp HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE Nimble Storage dHCI and Huawei FusionCube Hyper-Converged Infrastructure, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and Scale Computing HC3. See our NetApp HCI vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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