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StarWind Virtual SAN Pros

Senior Technical Architect at HS Data Ltd
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.
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Systems Administrator at Daifuku America
A great feature is that I basically set it and forget it, as everything is automatic.
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Corporate Technology Manager at MTE Logistix
The fact that I can now count on a true failover solution is what is most appealing.
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CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
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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Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
Recovery and maintenance are now less stressful and most importantly, it allows our users to keep working.
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Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
PowerShell library is pretty good feature as I created with APC PowerChute a script to put volumes on maintenance mode then turning off the StarWind nodes together with the VM and Hosts when UPS reaches 15 percent, this way after a blackout or electrical problems when turning servers on again, there is no issues for syncing or data loss due to energy interrupts.
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Engineer at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
The iSCSI protocol is quite simple to configure.
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Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
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.
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CIO at Sheremetevo Security
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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User
StarWind vSAN has allowed us to leverage our server infrastructure more completely without the need to add more hardware.
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StarWind Virtual SAN Cons

Senior Technical Architect at HS Data Ltd
The main thing I would like to see improved is the level of documentation.
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Systems Administrator at Daifuku America
The console is something that I feel could be improved. There is nothing technically wrong with it, but it can be jazzed up and/or made to be a little more intuitive.
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Corporate Technology Manager at MTE Logistix
I would like to see different levels of support offered.
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CTO - Partner at SabreTech Consulting LLC
StarWind relies on the underlying OS to manage the "SAN files" whether that would be a RAID volume, software RAID (such as LVM), etc. It would be useful if StarWind could incorporate the actual physical drive management inside of the solution, similar to Storage Spaces Direct.
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Technology Solutions, Support & Training at UNISONMEDIA Group, Inc.
A mobile app to sync up for overview and status would really be helpful.
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Network Specialist at Nexans aeA
Android app for monitoring and receiving push notifications as alarms or monitoring I/O from any mobile device could be a good feature and nice to have as we are not always on our desk.
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MP
Engineer at Peoples' Friendship University of Russia
It would be nice to add the ability to use raw partitions instead of file containers.
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Digital Archive System Administrator at Rahvusarhiiv
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
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CIO at Sheremetevo Security
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.
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User
I would like to see options for automated notifications of any changes, including, for example, synchronization issues.
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Learn what your peers think about StarWind Virtual SAN. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
564,322 professionals have used our research since 2012.