"Virtual SAN runs on iSCSI, which is free and easy to configure. It's easy to manage from StarWind's GUI console, and it only required a few extra switch ports."
"Having the ability to scale horizontally if needed is a huge plus for future growth."
"The vSAN provides full redundancy for storage while reclaiming some rack space."
"Quick setup, great support, stability is great"
"The biggest benefit was that it allowed us to provide SAN services on a limited hardware budget."
"The most valuable feature is the reliable storage replication, which enables me to create a robust infrastructure to run our business."
"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."
"vSAN we found was simple to set up, easy to configure and manage and allows us to achieve storage redundancy."
"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."
"Overall the solution is very good."
"When we do to do more scaled load testing, we can run more dense workloads and still have the same results across all specific nodes"
"The solution is easy to use."
"High availability is a valuable aspect of this solution."
"The installation is very easy."
"The solutions best feature is that it is easy to use."
"I like the tolerance of VMware vSAN."
"The deduplication and compression are excellent."
"When StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere nodes go offline unexpectedly, the nodes have to re-sync disks fully which takes a long time. We had a power failure and when both nodes came online, VMware vSphere didn't see StarWind disks before I manually re-scanned them form ESXi administration console even though it should happen automatically"
"A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful."
"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."
"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."
"The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation."
"I think the setup could be streamlined a bit."
"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."
"The main thing that I felt could be improved was having an estimated time of completion for the virtual tape uploads to the cloud."
"Reporting currently depends on third party applications and that could be improved."
"The only negative point relates to the licensing. If you want multiple, different servers, it costs money, but you have all the capacity for vSAN. You do not reach the data, but the processor arrays and the current architecture."
"I am looking for more of a software-defined storage platform that uses different protocols, such as iSCSI, NFS, and CIS, and maybe also has an object as part of that. They should 100% make it more of a storage-based product where it is not linked just to VMware, and it also has NFS and iSCSI built-in at a scalable level. They should turn it more into a dedicated storage-as-a-service platform instead of just being built into the VMware kernel. Their level one and level two support is not at all good, and it should be improved."
"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."
"This is quite an expensive solution."
"Integration could be better."
"Its price could be improved. It is too expensive for our clients."
"The technical support, it's not satisfactory. Whenever we raise a ticket it takes a lot of time to have an engineer get involved sometimes, or we receive a less experienced engineer. We then have to repeat the situation to the next engineer which all takes time."
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.
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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StarWind Virtual Tape Library is ranked 13th in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 2 reviews while VMware vSAN is ranked 2nd in Hyper-Converged (HCI) with 66 reviews. StarWind Virtual Tape Library is rated 10.0, while VMware vSAN is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of StarWind Virtual Tape Library writes "Cost-effective, reliable, and the initial setup and deployment are included in the price". On the other hand, the top reviewer of VMware vSAN writes "Gives us a lot of advantages when we need to expand resources". StarWind Virtual Tape Library is most compared with Red Hat Ceph Storage, IBM Cloud Object Storage, Scality RING8, VxRail and Sangfor HCI, whereas VMware vSAN is most compared with VxRail, Nutanix Acropolis AOS, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, HPE SimpliVity and HPE Nimble Storage. See our StarWind Virtual Tape Library vs. VMware vSAN report.
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