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Pros
"StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""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.""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 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.""The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.""StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""The management interface on the software is very simple. It is insanely simple compared to most SANs. The interface is also powerful when used to complete tasks that an IT administrator needs to complete."

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"The most valuable feature is the visual encoding."

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"This solution has a dashboard that you can log into and control if you need too while the VM is getting created.""The most valuable features are Erasure Coding, Deduplication and Compression, and the advancement in stretching regarding replication.""Very good VCG notification feature.""vSAN is very integrated.""It has a single pane of glass for management and operational control, which is the most valuable feature. The integrated storage is also valuable.""It is very easy to set up and very easy to use. It is very useful.""The scalability has been quite good.""The solution's unified administration is its most valuable aspect."

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Cons
"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 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.""I see no need for major improvements but there could be some improvements in the form of notifications and the simplifying of maintenance mode.""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.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""For the StarWind VSA vSphere solution, I would like to see a simpler and automated virtual machine installation process in terms of network settings.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""Performance when in storage-separate configuration needs to be improved."

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"Snapshot notification would be a good addition."

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"It would be ideal if the solution offered some intelligent monitoring.""Upgradability could be a bit easier sometimes. We are now where vSAN can be updated without ESXi, but there is still enough dependency. So that would be good if that actually would uncoupled even more.""The customer service is good but there is a cost for it. It does not come free.""Hardware load balancing is available on the enterprise version of the solution, however, it's extremely expensive and therefore out of our budget.""The interface is a little complicated, it could be simplified with more graphical gadgets. We have many servers, and the built-in functions, such as rate configuration, are a bit complex.""There is always a challenge with their firmware.""They can improve the manageability of the solution to make it more simple. It is not that complicated, but it will be good if they can make it more simple.""In a future release, they could add micro-segmentation or security level features integrated into vSAN."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""I think the cost of this solution is quite fair.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""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.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive."

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"Our fees are approximately $100,000 yearly."

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"This solution requires the purchase of a license.""Every product is licensed with full support for a certain number of years. The licensing could be cheaper.""The price is okay.""The licensing cost is high and should be taken into account.""vSAN has many versions with standard and advanced including Enterprise and Enterprise Plus. Regarding the Enterprise and the Advanced, it could be lower.""If they could reduce the cost, it would be better. Licensing costs are something that they could take care of. If you are a smaller and strong IT team, then VMware vSAN is a very good product. If you want to expand in the service provider space, then you will have to go for an open-source solution like OpenStack. We are now looking at OpenStack because we sell licensing costs. We are a service provider, so the IT component data is a substantial component in our overall costing. We feel that OpenStack might help us to cut down the licensing cost. Therefore, we are looking at SAS storage instead of vSAN. SAS is open source, but it is not wise to have open source without having the backend support. We are using RedHat SAS, and it is an open-source solution. You can also have a free version, but we are using it with support from RedHat so that we have somebody to back us up in case we have a problem. If you do normal business, then IT expense is 1% or 2% of the total turnover. The higher licensing costs sometimes don't make difference to the big companies who are not service providers and are using it only for their internal use. For them, the IT cost is 1% or 2%, but for an IT service provider, the IT costs will go up to 15% to 16% of the total cost of the operations. This is where the licensing costs become irrelevant. For example, the licensing cost of using VMware, VC, and vSAN is 8% of my monthly revenue. Every month, I pay about $35,000, and, with the revised plan, it will be something like $50,000 or revenue of 600k per month, which means almost 8% of the revenue is going into VMware licensing. In a very competitive world, 8% as a cost element is huge. So, if I can bring it down to 2%, I save 6% in revenue expenditure. In terms of profit, 6% of 30% is something like another 25% increase in my profit. My profit can be almost 25%. It would be 20% to 25% in case I am able to handle the licensing costs and bring them to a very low level. Because these IT costs are substantial for us, that is why we are going with OpenStack. OpenStack has a limitation that it requires more hardware. There will be some increase in the hardware cost, but overall we will save 5% to 6% of our licensing cost by using OpenStack.""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.""It is expensive. It should be cheaper. It has a perpetual license as well as a subscription-based license, but they are moving towards subscription-based licenses."

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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.

Pivot3 improves the simplicity and economics of the enterprise data-center with industry-leading hyper-converged infrastructure technology. By combining storage, compute, networking and virtualization on commodity hardware, Pivot3 provides software-defined platforms that let IT run multiple, mixed application workloads on a single infrastructure while guaranteeing performance to the applications that matter most. Pivot3’s agile infrastructure solutions extend performance, scale and efficiency across more of the data-center so customers can keep pace with the demands of modern business.

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
SNHMC, HPD Software, The Hurlingham Club, NHS, Rochester Police Department, The Doe Run Company, 101 Casino, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
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Healthcare Company7%
Non Profit7%
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
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Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Computer Software Company44%
Comms Service Provider7%
Healthcare Company6%
Manufacturing Company6%
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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 Business44%
Midsize Enterprise25%
Large Enterprise31%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise49%
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Small Business19%
Midsize Enterprise12%
Large Enterprise69%
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Pivot3 is ranked 23rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 1 review while VMware vSAN is ranked 3rd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 52 reviews. Pivot3 is rated 8.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Pivot3 writes "Stable, good technical support, and the the visual encoding works well ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". Pivot3 is most compared with Dell PowerEdge VRTX, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VxRail, 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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