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Published: December 2014
The whitepaper looks at addressing the shared storage needs of SMBs and ROBOs leveraging Microsoft Scale-Out File Server (SOFS). The focus is on how Microsoft Windows Server 2012, as well as 2012 R2, Server Message Block version 3.0 (SMB 3.0) and SOFS combined with StarWind Virtual SAN management software unlock the full value of serverbased storage. Unlocking the value of server-based storage is particular important for ROBO and SMBs who have SQL Server databases and Hyper-V server virtualization. This approach provides a cost effective high-performance resilient storage option for small SMBs and ROBOs.


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Published: November 2014
Virtualization has already come to the point where it's not just an option in IT, but a whole way of doing things with its own options, some already going obsolete. Virtual storage or Software Defined storage is now the latest trend and it's evolving at a breathtaking pace. At the moment, Virtual SAN is the result and we're about to eliminate all misinterpretations on the matter.


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Published: November 2014
Virtualization is becoming mainstream in today’s data center. The percentage of servers that are virtualized is increasing along with the critical nature of those virtualized systems. As a result, properly protecting and maintaining the right level of uptime for these systems is a key requirement that most virtualization administrators have to address. Answering this key question of how to provide protection and uptime requires an understanding of two concepts, recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO). Check out this White Paper and learn how to develop a complete RTO/RPO strategy for your virtualized environment with Veeam and StarWind solutions.


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Published: October 2014
Clustered Storage Spaces is considered the future of virtualization by Microsoft. The problem is – it takes quite an investment to deploy virtual storage their way. Clustered Storage Spaces requires SAS JBODs and other SAS equipment to work, so the question is – “Is our future so expensive?” The high implementation cost is major problem when it comes to extensive deployments. Imagine one system consisting of a few expensive SAS JBODs, then imagine a dozen of them and think in terms of CapEx and OpEx. In any case, StarWind has something to say about this. Check out this White Paper and see how StarWind Virtual SAN can solve the problem.


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Published: October 2014
Microsoft is dominating the smaller-scale virtualization projects with SMB3, which may seem nice until you see the price. Basically, it costs as much to configure an SMB3-based virtual storage, as a high-end physical SAN or NAS would. Besides, even on the smallest scale, there are more requirements, which lead to higher expense, i.e. additional Windows Server licenses, etc. That’s without taking into account the SAS JBODS required for such a system. StarWind’s main priority is reducing CapEx and OpEx without any loss in performance, so that’s what StarWind Virtual SAN will do.


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Published: October 2014
This document reports on the current state of software-defined storage (SDS) and the reported advantages and limitations in the implementations made of SDS architecture by current hypervisor computing market share leaders, VMware and Microsoft.


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Published: October 2014
Modern datacenters are getting more and more virtualized these days. Storage systems, being the essential part of a virtualized environment are keeping the pace by evolving to the hyper-converged architecture. Nevertheless, hyper-converged architecture and "compute and storage separated" designs do coexist, since they are not mutually exclusive concepts and solve slightly different tasks.


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Published: August 2014
This document describes the way to greatly reduce expense on virtual shared storage for ROBO scenarios. Basically, going hardware-less will mean savings even for one office, while for multiple location, they're multiplied by hundreds and thousands.


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Published: August 2014
This White Paper offers information on StarWind’s tape backup solution – the Virtual Tape Library. It's an essential tool that allows to virtualize the whole tape backup system without the need to change the existing infrastructure or placing the tape equipment in the same room with the main system.


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Published: August 2014
This document describes the capabilities of StarWind Virtual SAN in terms of using commodity hardware. Utilizing COTS equipment is a crucial point when it comes to savings, because most of the traditional SAN/NAS systems only allow for the usage of proprietary hardware, which is extremely expensive in terms of OpEx as well as CapEx.


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Published: August 2014
The document elucidates the advantages of hardware agnostic approach of virtual storage solution for SMB and enterprise ROBO. StarWind Virtual SAN enables cost reduction by using less hardware with software defined storage management for vSphere based infrastructure.


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Published: July 2014
This White Paper will be interesting for any IT manager, seeking the right way to build a Hyper-V based virtual storage. Essentially, there are three keys – software native to Windows, the ability to use existing hardware and a free choice of memory types.


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Published: July 2014
This document provides essential information on the real idea behind "software defined" and describes the way StarWind Virtual SAN plays its part as a virtual storage solution for Hyper-V users. The main stress is put on the versatility of the product and its cost-effectiveness.


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Published: July 2014
This White Paper describes the advantages of hardware agnostic approach of virtual storage solution for SMB, enterprise ROBO and larges organizations. StarWind Virtual SAN takes on the main challenges – reducing the costs and supporting the growth of Hyper-V based infrastructure.


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Published: July 2014
This document gives an insight into hyper-converged deployment of virtual shared storage. It shows the benefits of merging together the compute, storage and networking layers. Hyper-converged infrastructure is a step forward compared to the previous converged systems.


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Published: July 2014
This white paper introduces the Log-Structured File System, which allows StarWind Virtual SAN users to turn their inexpensive disk space into costly IOPS. It increases RAID performance by involving multiple spindles into processing of the same request.


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Published: July 2014
This document describes the way Log-Structuring technology battles "I/O Blender" effect, which dramatically lowers virtual storage performance. Designed for VM-specific workload type, LSFS (Log-Structured File System) fights random I/O, keeping performance high.


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Published: July 2014
This document gives an insight into multilevel caching technology used in StarWind Virtual SAN. It allows the usage of commodity inexpensive hardware (DRAM, SATA, MLC Flash), providing outstanding performance and reliability.


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Published: June 2014
This white paper describes the storage tiering technology utilized in StarWind Virtual SAN. Offloading cold data to slower but inexpensive secondary storage makes the whole system more affordable without any loss in reliability or performance.


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Published: June 2014
This white paper provides an insight into the benefits of scale-out solution. StarWind Virtual SAN offers unlimited scale-out capabilities, allowing for the increasing of storage capacity, I/O performance and VM number on the fly.


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Published: June 2014
This white paper describes the usage of asynchronous replication in StarWind Virtual SAN. Mission-critical business data is securely replicated to a remote disaster recovery site, being compressed and deduplicated for space economy.


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Published: June 2014
The white paper shows the advantages of StarWind Virtual SAN in terms of minimal hardware footprint. Without the requirement for expensive dedicated hardware and special staff training it’s a really cost-effective solution, which also eliminates the usual performance issues.


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Published: June 2014
This document describes the advantages of in-line data reduction - a space conserving technology used in StarWind Virtual SAN. Increasing the usable space availablity without compromising performance and stealing IOPS is possible with this approach.


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Published: April 2014
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.


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Published: April 2013
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.


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Published: March 2013
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.


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Published: February 2013
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.


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Published: December 2012
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.


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Published: August 2012
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.


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Published: March 2012
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.


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Published: February 2012
This white paper outlines 10 best practices for using SANs in a virtual datacenter.


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Published: January 2012
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.


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Published: December 2011
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.


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Published: December 2011
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.


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Published: December 2011
This white paper provides an overview of how a SAN can help overcome limited IT budgets, being effective and inexpensive solution for educational institutions.


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Published: November 2011
The Essential Guide to Using Shared Storage with VMware to Achieve High Availability While Reducing Operating Costs


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Published: November 2011
Hyper-V and High Availability Shared Storage by Microsoft MVP Russ Kaufmann


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Published: November 2011
The Essential Guide for Turning Your Windows Server Into Shared Storage on Your IP Network


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Published: November 2011
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


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Published: November 2011
This white paper discusses the steps to configure a server cluster using SQL Server 2008 for high availability


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Published: November 2011
The Essential Guide to sizing a SAN. Selecting the right number, size and speed of disks, RAID levels and SAN performance


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Published: November 2011
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