Tryon International Equestrian Center saves more than $25K in hardware cost by replacing its aging servers with StarWind HCI Appliance (HCA)

Updated: May 3rd, 2022

I selected StarWind first and foremost because I could achieve
an HA setup with only two nodes.

Brendan McEnnerney, IT Manager


Before implementing StarWind HCI Appliance (HCA), Tryon International Equestrian Center had three different hosts running 20 virtual machines (VMs) with a VMware hypervisor on top in a non-highly-available (HA) setup. The existing infrastructure was old, and it was time to replace the hardware moving towards HA. All the options that the company researched and that could provide an HA setup involved using at least three nodes, which it really did not need. StarWind HCA became a win-win solution in terms of all the company’s requirements.


Tryon International Equestrian Center has chosen StarWind HCA as it allowed to have a high-quality HA setup with only two nodes at a very low price point. It allowed to lower the hardware cost drastically and make the IT infrastructure upgrade possible financially. StarWind’s reputation for excellent customer service and extremely stable vSAN software were major factors as well. As for now, the company’s new infrastructure powered by StarWind HCA works perfectly and does absolutely everything that the organization needs it to. On average, by implementing the StarWind solution, Tryon International Equestrian Center saved $25,000 over three years. Since the entire company’s experience with StarWind has been fantastic, it will be using StarWind products for all of its future infrastructure needs.

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance Configuration

Appliance Model HCA P-Spec 7.6
Cluster Size 2 nodes
Cluster density 2U
Servers  Dell PowerEdge R640
CPU  2 х Intel Silver 4208, 2.1 GHz, 8 cores, 16 threads per node
Memory  16 x 16GB 2666MHz DDR4 (256 GB total) per node
Cluster Storage Capacity 9.6 TB of All-Flash storage
Disk Configuration Dell Perc H740P MiniMono Controller
BOSS controller card with 2 x M.2 Sticks 240GB (RAID 1)
9 x 960GB SSD SATA 6Gbps S4610 per node
Networking  Dell Intel X520 Dual Port 10Gb SFP & I350 Dual Port 1Gb RJ45 rNDC
Dell Mellanox ConnectX-4 CX4121A Dual Port 25GbE SFP+
Hypervisor  Hyper-V on Windows Server 2019

About the Company

Tryon International Equestrian Center

Company Profile


Contact Person

Brendan McEnnerney, IT Manager