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DataCore SANsymphony SDS Competitors and Alternatives

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DG
Director Of Information Technology at a outsourcing company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 20
We substantially reduced network complexity by eliminating the standalone SAN

Pros and Cons

  • "We also substantially reduced network complexity by eliminating that standalone SAN. That reduced complexity has allowed us to concentrate on improving other areas of our network."
  • "Possible new features could be CSV-level snapshot capability, Veeam integration, and maybe a more straightforward setup. Granted, you don't have to worry about setups with the HCA, but if you want to implement StarWind vSAN in a lab to test it is a tedious setup process."

What is our primary use case?

We are an SMB that hosts our ERP on-site. Our infrastructure is shared with a group of inter-related companies, so uptime is critical since several entities rely on our core services. StarWind HCA is the core of our network and hosts all of our critical VMs. We needed a cost-effective HA solution that was easy to manage, as we have a very small IT department that is concentrated mostly on business process improvements. The last thing we need is complex systems to manage taking our focus away from that.

How has it helped my organization?

We went from a vSphere compute cluster with an external SAN made by a company that is in perpetual financial trouble and have shifted business focus several times. Not only was our traditional SAN expensive, but we also had no confidence in the vendor. StarWind HCA is commodity hardware, so we eliminated the proprietary hardware issue. 

We also substantially reduced network complexity by eliminating that standalone SAN. That reduced complexity has allowed us to concentrate on improving other areas of our network.

What is most valuable?

Proactive support has been great, you will receive an email from StarWind soon after their telemetry service sees anything out of the ordinary with either the StarWind services or any critical issue related to your cluster of VMs. The appliance support goes beyond my expectations by helping with some Hyper-V issues that may not be directly related to the StarWind services.

The most valuable feature is its simplicity. It really isn't any more difficult to manage than a standard Hyper-V cluster.

What needs improvement?

Communication could have been improved during the implementation process. I've also been looking forward to further development of their management console which has been slow to materialize. StarWind is promising full cluster management and backup integration in a single-pain-of-glass console.

Possible new features could be CSV-level snapshot capability, Veeam integration, and maybe a more straightforward setup. Granted, you don't have to worry about setups with the HCA, but if you want to implement StarWind vSAN in a lab to test it is a tedious setup process.

For how long have I used the solution?

We've been running our StarWind HCA for about two years.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support has been willing to help and train even on simple questions.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We previously had a vSphere cluster with a standalone SAN. We wanted a less complex solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is really easy. StarWind handles it.

What about the implementation team?

In-house with StarWind help.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The HCA price is all-inclusive (setup, hardware, support, warranty), except for your standard Microsoft Server licensing.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated Cisco and DataCore.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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GP
CEO at a tech vendor with 51-200 employees
Real User
Extremely flexible, easy to scale, and stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks."
  • "A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node."

What is our primary use case?

There are 2 server clusters with a software-defined SAN. They are Hyper-V Windows 2016 clusters and have been working fine for several years. We are using both NVME and SSD disks with both are working fine with good levels of performance. We provide a SaaS solution hosted in external datacenters in one cluster and the other hosts our internal servers. Starwind replaced a Dell SAN that had failed. The SaaS solution runs on an Oracle database which has had excellent price-performance using Linux in Hyper-V VM.  

How has it helped my organization?

The product allows extreme flexibility for SAN and hyperconverged infrastructure. Using Hyper-V combined with Linux VMs has allowed us to scale our solutions with additional clients and client volumes. We have customers using our platform with over 1.3 million accounts. The databases have scaled seamlessly. We now have over 16 TB of disks in our hyperconverged SD-WAN and Starwind has managed them flawlessly. The ability to grow SAN size by just buying more cheap SSDs or NVME disks has been very useful.

What is most valuable?

The most useful aspect is the hyper-converged SD SAN and the ease to expand it by just adding cheap SSD or NVME disks. 

What needs improvement?

A great feature would be a wizard and to include a new disk in the SAN. At the moment, including a new disk requires several steps - some that must be done at the OS level and others in each node. We have no more recommendations for the product beyond that.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the product for over 3 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have had no stability problems whatsoever.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is very scalable. Right now, we have over 16TB of disks. 

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is always available and helpful

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

Previously, we used a Dell EMC SAN which was failing. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was supported by Starwind. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did look at DataCore.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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