StarWind iSCSI SAN Software White Papers
By product:Creating a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster using StarWind SAN V8 NEW
This document provides a step-by-step instruction on building a Windows Server 2012 R2 Failover Cluster with the help of the latest StarWind SAN V8. It contains all required information to get the system administrator comfortably through the process of installation to the point where it’s all "up and running". Most of the steps are illustrated, so you won’t find any difficulties with StarWind software.
Published: April, 2014
WD Integrates StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS to Their WD Sentinel DX4000 NAS Appliance NEW
This document provides a brief overview of enhancements made by addition of StarWind iSCSI target to the Western Digital’s NAS appliance - WD Sentinel DX4000.
Published: April, 2013
StarWind Benchmarking Best Practice NEW
The white paper provides the guidance for optimal configuration of network and disks in order to get high performing HA storage. The document describes in details how to test parameters that affect the overall SAN performance to a great extent.
Published: March, 2013
StarWind High Availability Best Practices NEW
This document is intended both for experienced and novice administrators of SAN storage. It provides basic recommendations regarding best-practice HA SAN configurations. In particular, this document describes setting of OS and networking, teaming and multipathing, synchronization and heartbeat channels as well as contains storage and HA device considerations. The information is illustrated with figures.
Published: February, 2013
Virtualization Reality: Why StarWind Virtual SAN Solutions Deliver Value When Compared to Microsoft NEW
This white paper describes five scenarios of use of the StarWind- and Microsoft-based technologies. It provides side-by-side comparison that illustrates the strength and limitations of both vendors. The document helps to dig deeper into the following features and capabilities: Shared Nothing Live Migration, Hyper-V Replica, SMB 3.0, Hyper-V cluster with SAS JBOD as shared storage, Scale-Out File Servers.
Published: December, 2012
Why Is 3-Way Synchronous Mirroring Better Than 2-Way?
This white paper describes the difference between 3-and 2-way synchronous mirroring - capabilities that are both available in the StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS solution. The document outlines the advantages of the 3-node high availability storage cluster that provides cost efficiency, increased reliability, and higher performance compared to 2-node HA.
Published: August, 2012
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Best practices for backing up virtual servers with Veeam software and StarWind storage
This document describes how to use StarWind iSCSI SAN both as a production and backup storage. It also explains how to combine StarWind SAN with Veeam Backup & Replication in order to build a reliable storage infrastructure where a user can run virtual machines and ensure their safe backup.
by Luca Dell’Oca, vExpert 2011, VCP3/4/5, CISSP
Published: March, 2012
Top 10 SAN Tips and Lessons Learned From Virtualization
This white paper outlines 10 best practices for using SANs in a virtual datacenter.
by Brien M. Posey, Microsoft MVP expert
Published: February, 2012
Hyper-V Backup Plug-in: Total Backup for Your Hyper-V VMs
This white paper provides information about the Hyper-V Backup Plug-in delivered with StarWind iSCSI SAN 5.8. The document outlines the solution benefits and gives the detailed description of its most important features.
Published: January, 2012
The Revolutionary Solution: StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V
This white paper describes in details the benefits of the recently released StarWind revolutionary product called StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V. The document highlights the might of server virtualization consolidated with the shared storage.
Published: January, 2012
Creating the Ideal SMB SAN with StarWind and vSphere
This white paper outlines advantages of server virtualization and gives detailed description of features and benefits provided by the shared storage. The document describes how to build a cost-effective, reliable and powerful storage infrastructure using the StarWind iSCSI SAN solution and lists the hardware prerequisites. The white paper also gives the step-by-step instruction of how to connect vSphere to ISCSI SAN.
by vExpert David Davis
100% Storage Uptime: Overcoming vSphere’s Single Point of Failure
This white paper mentions the advantages of virtualization and gives a short description of the components that help your system avoid downtime and stay 100% up and running. The document provides practical recommendations of how to build the replicated environment in order to ensure 100% uptime of your storage infrastructure.
by Microsoft MVP, VMware vExpert Greg Shields
iSCSI SAN for Education
This white paper provides an overview of how a SAN can help overcome limited IT budgets, being effective and inexpensive solution for educational institutions.
How to Increase VMware Application Availability with Shared Storage
The Essential Guide to Using Shared Storage with VMware to Achieve High Availability While Reducing Operating Costs
Hyper-V and High Availability Shared Storage
Hyper-V and High Availability Shared Storage by Microsoft MVP Russ Kaufmann
How To Build a SAN
The Essential Guide for Turning Your Windows Server Into Shared Storage on Your IP Network
Microsoft Server Clustering 101 Guide
This white paper discusses the steps to configure a server cluster using Windows Server 2003 and how to configure a failover cluster using Windows Server 2008
by Microsoft MVP Russ Kaufmann
SQL Server Clustering Guide
This white paper discusses the steps to configure a server cluster using SQL Server 2008 for high availability
by Microsoft MVP Denny Cherry
SAN Sizing Guide
The Essential Guide to sizing a SAN. Selecting the right number, size and speed of disks, RAID levels and SAN performance
The 2010 Guide to iSCSI Storage
The Essential Guide to iSCSI Storage and Why You Should Convert Your Windows Server 2008 R2 Into Shared Storage on Your Existing Ethernet / IP Network