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Pros
"The solution is scalable.""The initial setup is pretty straightforward."

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"The most valuable feature of this solution is the support. They are excellent and you can learn a lot from the support team.""Using our own choice of HW allowed us to price our service to answer our customers' needs.""The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks.""The primary purpose of this software is to create a virtual SAN between local storage on Hyper-V hosts. I find this feature most valuable since it accomplishes this quite well.""Quick setup, great support, stability is great""StarWind vSAN is a great solution to create a redundant two-node-only Hyper-V cluster, both for domain or workgroup scenarios.""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.""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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"I've had so many issues with the sales team when I was looking to make some improvements, and improve the performance. They would create so many excuses to force me to buy new nodes all the time and not let me add more memory to each node.""Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication."

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"This solution should be more self-sufficient, running without creating domains or failover clusters.""Perhaps more reporting features on the utilization, usage, and performance of the configured high-availability images and underlying physical disks would be helpful.""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 would like to see different levels of support offered.""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 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 wish the sync after a failure, such as hardware failure or power-related issues, for example, was faster.""Having more support plan options would be nice."

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"This solution has competitive prices and the implementation is very easy.""Licensing is easy and the whole package is cost-effective.""If you are looking at a traditional SAN for a small cluster, give StarWind vSAN because you will save thousands without any compromise.""This is the best priced solution for an SMB.""The StarWind VSAN business model is very cost-effective.""The cost seems a bit steep, and I wish it was less expensive.""There are two tiers of support and in my opinion, support is worth the cost.""I think the bang for the buck is much better with StarWind Virtual SAN."

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Top Answer: Scale HC3 improvements would involve literally fixing up the replication. It's the Holy Trinity of snapshot, replication, and bandwidth monitoring. All three must be aligned.
Top Answer: I would rate Scale at an eight out of ten. Scale has major improvements that they need to fix up. However, it is pretty good in terms of capability and scalability.
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

HC3 is an appliance-based hyperconverged infrastructure solution. HC3 combines servers, storage, virtualization, and backup/disaster recovery into a single appliance. This hyperconvergence of technologies radically simplifies IT infrastructure making it easier to implement and manage and significantly reduces the total cost of ownership of infrastructure. The HC3 hyperconverged appliance approach allows seamless, non-disruptive infrastructure scale out and automated, non-disruptive software and firmware updates. Our customers choose HC3 to reduce complexity and cost from IT infrastructure so they can focus their IT administration on improving applications and process rather than managing and maintaining complex infrastructure.

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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Edgetec Systems, Triton School Corporation, Anamosa Community School District, Standard School District, Iron County School District, Sevier County Bank, St. Richard’s Catholic College, Stoke Park School and Community Technology College, City of St. Cloud Minnesota, Presbyterian Mo-Ranch Assembly, KIB Electronics, Chaitons LLP, Reading Muhlenberg Career & Technology Center, Penlon, American College of Education, Steel Summit Holdings, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Canadian Museum of History, Canadian War Museum
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Find out what your peers are saying about Scale Computing HC3 vs. StarWind Virtual SAN and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
552,695 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Scale Computing HC3 is ranked 16th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while StarWind Virtual SAN is ranked 4th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 37 reviews. Scale Computing HC3 is rated 7.6, while StarWind Virtual SAN is rated 9.8. The top reviewer of Scale Computing HC3 writes "Good stability with a straightforward setup, but scaling is difficult". On the other hand, the top reviewer of StarWind Virtual SAN writes "Flexible and easy to use with great support". Scale Computing HC3 is most compared with Nutanix Acropolis AOS, VMware vSAN, VxRail, HPE SimpliVity and NetApp HCI, whereas StarWind Virtual SAN is most compared with VMware vSAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, Red Hat Ceph Storage, Nutanix Acropolis AOS and HPE SimpliVity. See our Scale Computing HC3 vs. StarWind Virtual SAN report.

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