StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V is the simplest and easiest way to get started with storage virtualization for free. This free edition allows for building a reliable, fast, and easy-to-manage shared storage in the existing infrastructure, letting you virtualize your servers and run your applications in virtual machines in a matter of minutes.
If you want to take full advantage of High Availability and Live Migration but do not want to spend money on expensive hardware SAN, then this free edition of StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V is the best option for you.
NEW:Now provides High Availability capabilities and supports Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
This free tool ideally fits small and medium IT environments that are virtualized with Hyper-V. It can be used for testing laboratories, personal needs, and education purposes. It was specifically designed for Hyper-V-lovers and is totally compatible with the Microsoft hypervisor functionality. With the StarWind storage you gain all Hyper-V virtualization advantages.
How it works
StarWind runs inside the parent partition where hypervisor is running, so that no additional hardware is required for deploying a highly available Hyper-V cluster.
Note that you do not need dedicated storage servers and additional Windows licenses for configuring your custom iSCSI SAN.
With StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V, you can:
Create reliable storage with unlimited storage capacity*
Deploy and test High Availability for free
Maximize disk space savings with Global Deduplication
Recover any file with Snapshots and CDP
* Unlimited storage capacity is set for a single-node device.