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Find out what your peers are saying about Sangfor HCI vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"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.""Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.""We have experienced multiple hardware failures at one site and the fault-tolerant volume worked exactly as expected with zero downtime.""StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a software-defined storage solution that has reduced administration time for storage. It's pretty straightforward to install and setup it and so far it has been robust and worked as advertised from StarWind.""It has given the company an almost zero possibility of downtime.""In the three years that we have been using StarWind, the product has yet to cause us any problems.""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""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."

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"The Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.""Sangfor has many solutions, and you can easily manage their machine servers with just one management. They're always striving for greatness, and they continuously update their products. For example, they have now built endpoint security within the firewall. They are continuously improving not only the security but also all other products.""It is flexible like a hyper-convergence system. You can add nodes, and you can scale to have better performance and stability. I also like the backup feature, the recovery system, and the web interface GUI to handle everything.""I would rate the user-friendliness an eight out of ten.""The interface is very user-friendly."

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"The most valuable feature of the StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the archiving to the AWS cloud.""I like the fact that we can simultaneously upload the virtual tapes to different cloud providers, and the settings can be adjusted to speed up the upload times even further."

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"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.""This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.""Having more support plan options would be nice.""We would like the documentation to be more complete. Most items are covered, but if you don't know something, you may need to contact their support.""Updating the software can be a bit tricky.""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.""It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers."

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"Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating systems, such as Linux.""Sangfor does not support a SAS configuration, which is something that we would like.""The error reporting needs to be improved.""It can have more compatibility and new features. I would also like to see better performance. Some of the other HCI solutions already provide the SSD and flash storage and much higher Intel processors. Sangfor HCI can improve on that.""As far as I know, no hyper-convergence solution includes security, so you have to buy security from another brand. For example, you buy SimpliVity or Nutanix. They don't really have a security solution inside the product. It would be good if there is a security solution inside this solution so that it is not only for the virtualization of CPU, RAM, disk, and network but also for security."

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"The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We found that the pricing was perfect; simple and clear.""The setup cost, pricing, and licensing are very straightforward. They are exactly what you expect.""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 takes into account the number of nodes, so the size of the storage is not important.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""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.""This solution is very accessible and the pro-level for support is well worth the cost."

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"The price of Sangfor is cheaper than other competing products.""The pricing of Sangfor is very competitive.""It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty on the hardware. The license also includes other features. Sangfor has included Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and a built-in firewall with the license. Other top brands, such as VxRail and VMware, require a separate license for such features.""Its price should be better, but I don't think they will change the price list. You have to pay for licenses, and you have to pay for support, so you have an annual fee. You can use the product without the fee, but it's really dumb because you need support. We are an IT company. We provide the product, and we need the support too for our customers."

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"The initial setup and deployment are also covered in the purchase at no additional cost.""The pricing of the solution could be more flexible to meet the needs of smaller to mid-market size companies."

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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 Continuous Data Protection (CDP) feature is one of the good features.
Top Answer: It is in the middle range as compared to other hyper-converged infrastructure solutions. There is a three-year warranty… more »
Top Answer: Its virtual machine tools can be improved. These tools should be enhanced for use in other applications and operating… more »
Top Answer: The most valuable feature of the StarWind Virtual Tape Library is the archiving to the AWS cloud.
Top Answer: The pricing of the solution could be more flexible to meet the needs of smaller to mid-market size companies.
Top Answer: We use StarWind Virtual Tape Library as a high-capacity storage system.
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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.

Sangfor HCI consolidates traditional hardware-appliance-based security, IP network, storage network, server and storage into one tier of commodity hardware (x86 server), forming a standardized HCI unit. By building IT infrastructure with a standardized HCI vendor and realizing visible, centralized operation & management via a unified WEB platform, users can enjoy an ultra-simplified, on-demand IT framework that is evolvable. Enquire today to find out more about cloud data storage and other solutions.

For SMB and Enterprises, who either look to get rid of backup tapes completely, or are willing to accelerate backup process and add an extra level of protection, our solution is StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL). It is an appliance that eliminates the need in physical tape and “pretends” to be a supported tape drive or autoloader, keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks.

Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup into backup window by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time. Optionally, it creates additional copy of backup data for better safety. It is also available in a software-only form, as part of StarWind VSAN functionality. 

StarWind VTL targets those, who need to replace existing tape backup infrastructure or accelerate it if regulatory requirements prohibit replacement. In case the goal is just virtualizing tape backup or creating a stretched backup infrastructure, StarWind Tape Redirector will come in handy. 

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Sample Customers
Baker Tilly BVI, CMS Internet, Board Harpeth Hall School
TOSHIBA TEC Singapore, J&T Express Indonesia, Crowne Plaza Vietnam, Hermina Hospital Indonesia
Volvo, Sony, Samsung, Hitachi
Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Construction Company7%
Engineering Company7%
Non Profit7%
Healthcare Company7%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company26%
Comms Service Provider21%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company26%
Financial Services Firm5%
Manufacturing Company4%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company37%
Comms Service Provider15%
Government8%
Insurance Company7%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business64%
Midsize Enterprise21%
Large Enterprise15%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise26%
Large Enterprise30%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Sangfor HCI vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,407 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Sangfor HCI is ranked 22nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 5 reviews while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 14th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews. Sangfor HCI is rated 6.6, while StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0. The top reviewer of Sangfor HCI writes "Stable, good pricing and licensing, and useful CDP feature". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price". Sangfor HCI is most compared with VMware vSAN, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Hyper Converged, whereas StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality RING8, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and VMware vSAN. See our Sangfor HCI vs. StarWind Virtual Tape Library report.

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