StarWind Software is a pioneer of storage virtualization. It keeps innovating and putting into production solutions built with a revolutionary vision years before these ideas get adopted by the rest of the IT world. Many companies claim doing this but few actually do.
StarWind was one of the first to push Software Defined Storage out from the "Test & Development" niche right to the mainstream "Hardcore Production" dominated by hardware storage appliances. Now hardware appliances themselves are becoming more of a niche.
StarWind released its product called Native SAN (later rebranded to Virtual SAN) as far back as 2011, and VMware followed with their own Virtual SAN solving the same issue and using pretty much the same architecture only in 2014. Later, in 2015 StarWind from software-only company executed a successful "pivot shift" to become a hardware vendor and brought Hyper-Convergence of Enterprise level to SMB and ROBO. The new HyperConverged Appliance allowed the company to tap into the "long tail" of the hyper-convergence market, thanks to its simplicity and cost-efficiency.
StarWind reinforced its position in the market by releasing two more hardware products in 2016: Backup Appliance and Storage Appliance. Both the products are storage platforms targeting two different scenarios. StarWind Backup Appliance is purpose-built for backup and Disaster Recovery, having high capacity with enough compute power for the role. StarWind Storage Appliance is a
In 2016, StarWind incorporates all the latest technologies into the appliances, in order keep them up to date. The company was the first to incorporate a high-end HDD-sized cloud gateway into its hardware products. Such a built-in component allows the user to utilize public cloud, like Microsoft Azure or AWS, as an extra storage tier. Also, StarWind Virtual SAN and consequently – all StarWind hardware products are now compatible with "future storage technologies", like RDMA-capable iSER and SMB Direct protocols and the ultra-performing NVMe over Fabrics.