Complete Hyperconvergence with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance

Speaker:
Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department.
Published: January 2016
Duration: 36:27
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Key points of the webinar

  • StarWind HyperConverged Appliance overview
  • Scale-Up and Scale-Out options
  • StarWind, Veeam & 5nine Software
  • Single support point of contact for the entire appliance

Description

Build your entire IT infrastructure with the turnkey virtualization “building block”. Being the most inexpensive and easy-to-use virtualization solution, StarWind HyperConverged Appliance allows SMB and ROBO to enjoy Enterprise-class hyperconvergence. It unifies best-of-breed software and hardware components covered by single “support umbrella”. Being designed for SMB and ROBO space, StarWind HCA comes in different configurations to suit specific needs of each individual business. Watch the record of our webinar and learn more about available configuration and scale options of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance.

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Webinar transcript
Topic of the taproom is concentrated on finding the solution that is good for SMB and ROBO.
Agenda for the session is:
  • 1. HyperConverged Appliance, diving deeper into solution, its architecture, benefits, etc.
  • 2. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HA).
    • HA options without 5nine
    • HA options with 5nine
  • 3. Demo
  • 4. QA session
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is the ideal virtualization solution for SMB and ROBO. They are not too big to go into enterprise and have a huge data centers, and they're not too small to run the entire infrastructure on one server. So basically SMB and ROBO need some kind of small virtualization infrastructure with few virtual machines (ex. twelve, twenty, or fifty, it depends). And obviously they need some kind of protection on few levels for the solution. And that's exactly what StarWind HyperConverged Appliance does. StarWind solution unifies best-of-breed hardware and software components: servers from Dell, flash from Intel, virtual shared storage from StarWind – StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere hypervisor, industry-leading VM backup from Veeam, antivirus and manager from 5nine. StarWind appliance makes it possible for SMB and ROBO enjoy Enterprise-class performance and features without breaking the bank. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance is the product from StarWind which contains StarWind Virtual SAN – virtual shared storage. This means that our solution has a lot of functionality within the share storage itself (like snapshots at the storage level, deduplication, log-structuring, tiering, RAM and flash cache, etc.)

HyperСonverged Appliance

StarWind HyperConverged Appliance includes Hyper-V or vSphere hypervisor, shared storage from StarWind that meets all your requirements, backup solution from Veeam, and it can include 5nine Manager – a software solution which optimizes the management of your Hyper-V virtualization infrastructure.

HyperConverged Appliance Overview

Cluster solutions are usually configured with the similar hardware. Otherwise, the infrastructure solution itself may be unsupported by the cluster vendor, and it will be a real problem. So it is a good idea to have similar hardware for configuring the cluster, and that is exactly what StarWind HyperConverged Appliance does. Usual traditional setup of appliance consists of 2 hypervisor hosts as the failover cluster. We have shared storage from StarWind and the redundant networking within the solution. And we have the centralized virtual machine management.

Other Components of the HyperConverged Appliance

StarWind HCA includes 5nine Manager for Hyper-V solution. It is a really good thing for managing everything remotely within one window. So with the help of 5nine Manager you can control and manage the entire infrastructure (cluster, host, single post, virtual machine, network or disks) from the single console. 5nine Manager has a review panel which shows the essential system status and which alarms you if something goes wrong. This panel has different use for different levels (ex. datacenter, cluster, host to check the status of everything you need for work and it will be comfortable for you). Also, 5nine Manager provides the detailed information about the health state of cluster host. It provides the information in the form of graphs that are much more easily to understand. With 5nine Manager you can do cluster management, which allows you to review cluster information, power and resume the cluster, do live migration or quick migration, add or remove virtual machine to and from the cluster, and do all usual things in regards to Hyper-V.

Monitoring

5nine Manager allows you to do the hard graphical dashboards that show you key system status indicators on the host and virtual machine levels. 5nine has customizable display parameters for virtual machines. This software also has the ability to exclude certain host from monitoring, and it allows you to store all the historical data in database. Another cool thing with the 5nine Manager is the built-in best practices analyzer which scans for Hyper-V roles. It allows you to configure the system according to Microsoft best practices. It also provides you with the recommendations for your virtualization infrastructure. Basically, it is a good advisor for configuring hyperconverged virtualization part of StarWind HyperConverged Appliance and the storage as well. 5nine Manager also does the load balancing optimization.

StarWind Virtual SAN

StarWind Virtual SAN is the most brilliant piece of software that I ever worked with from the virtual SAN point” says Anatoly Vilchinsky. It is really easy in use. You actually feel where you need to press the button when it is needed and it actually does a job for a lot of people. What is important, StarWind Virtual SAN provides complete storage fault-tolerance. We also do automated failover and failback which is the part of fault-tolerance. We use nonvolatile RAM and Flash cache to do the tiering. StarWind VSAN also does the log-structuring which allows you to significantly increase the performance of your storage.

Veeam Backup

Veeam Backup Essentials is included into StarWind HyperConverged Appliance. It does the backup replication, creates backups, and it provides multiple backup options to meet your needs. “It does the job perfectly according to my experience and it is the most brilliant tool” says Anatoly Vilchinsky. Veeam solution creates backups, it can consume your existing storage and existing infrastructure. Obviously, it prefers doing the same things on the storage networking, either virtual or physical, and it actually provides the features such as deduplication and compression. It does the change block tracking, parallel processing and automatic log-balancing to ensure the fastest and the most efficient backup possible.

Replication

It complements VMware and Hyper-V backups with ready to use Veeam Replicas to get new continuous data protection also known as near CDP, which also refers to business continuity. In case of virtualized application failure, you can immediately switch to its exact copy and run your data on your main or remote site. Veeam Replication allows you to achieve less than fifteen minutes RPO (recovery point objective) for any virtualized application. It allows you to maintain image-based replicas either on site or off-site for disaster recovery, to simplify replicas, replica failover and failback with synchronization and automated IP readdressing.

Recovery

Veeam Recovery is really quick and easy. If you are VMware user, the recovery doesn't require additional VMware storage licensing.

The Whole HyperConverged Appliance Solution. More than just a Storage

Each unit of StarWind HCA is preconfigured, pretested, and it comes to your location with storage provision, deployed domain, and already configured virtualization cluster. Before sending the appliance to the customer we double check configuration details and all the components of the appliance. We run the basic testing to check whether all hardware and software works fine. After shipping the appliance to the users’ location, we configure the servers for the customer. Of course we are doing the basic failover test and benchmarking if it is required.

The basic configuration of HyperConverged Appliance

Basic configuration of StarWind HCA includes spindle drives and few flash drives to run as caching. We also have the all-flash configuration option of the HyperConverged Appliance for sky-high performance of the IT infrastructure.

All hardware and software components of the appliance are covered by single “support umbrella”. It means that you will have single point of contact for anything that can happen to the components of the HyperConverged Appliance: we will help you with Microsoft, VMware, StarWind, Veeam, and 5nine, which is definitely convenient for you.