StarWind’s NVMe-oF protocol implementation allows maximum PCIe SSD utilization in Hyper-V environments. With this protocol in place, the difference between a locally connected NVMe drive and one presented over the network vanishes.
Log-structured Write-Back Cache is a caching technology tailored for intense virtualized workloads. By effectively combining the fast memory like flash or RAM and a tiny portion of your storage, this feature optimizes the way data is written to the underlying storage. As a result, all your applications always get the resiliency and performance that they need.
StarWind iSER completely eliminates the problem of network bottleneck by supplying higher bandwidth for block storage transfers. Further, it ensures the highest performance in the clustered systems by avoiding latency issues. Therefore, with StarWind iSER, VM migration, data and VM replication become faster and easier to perform.
The “data locality” approach effectively maximizes the performance of the IT infrastructure by keeping compute and storage resources for every virtual machine on its physical node. This allows processing most of the I/O locally, eliminating the problem of slow data transfer through interconnect fabrics and providing lower latency.
StarWind Web-based Management provides system administrators with the ability to access and manage their StarWind storage infrastructure via HTML5 web console from any location. This functionality delivers full control over storage-related operations from PC, Android, iOS or Windows mobile devices.
Virtual SAN simply "mirrors" the actual storage and caches between
the given numbers of hosts creating a fault-tolerant storage pool. It is completely up to the
system administrator as to how many replicas of a particular VM or LUN are kept alive and how
many active storage controllers a cluster should use.
StarWind Swordfish Plugin allows to easily manage, allocate and scale infrastructures based on StarWind Virtual SAN as well as setups with StarWind VSAN being part of a bigger storage infrastructure. Swordfish API comes as a part of VSAN installation, making StarWind deployment extra simple and eliminating the need to install additional software to manage the infrastructure.
SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification) provides a simple and unified way to orchestrate the entire storage infrastructure. StarWind SMI-S provider, in its turn, delivers system and storage administrators the single “pane of glass” management over SCVMM and OpenStack. Thanks to SMI-S support, most operations can be performed from console and automated.
StarWind VTL allows both scale-up and scale-out architectures. Capacity is transparently increased by local object storage and public cloud storage. Adding more VTL instances scales the performance and shrinks the backup window by running multiple parallel backup operations.
The integration of VMware VVols support in StarWind products makes vSphere storage management highly efficient, simple and automated. StarWind VVols allows providing VMs with fine-tuned storage policies based on pre-defined storage configurations with required performance and resiliency characteristics.
As an extension of the hypervisor, provides both outstanding
performance and unified administration using hypervisor-specific management tools. VSAN simply
integrates and operates with all major virtualization platforms running on Hyper-V
and Windows as a native application together with vSphere or Xen nested inside a VM. Non-virtualized clusters are also fully
StarWind Virtual SAN also runs on a dedicated set of hosts in order
to create a separated storage layer. The differentiation of compute and storage layers is
optimum if there is need to grow by capacity only. Typical use cases are shared storage for huge
clustered SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, NoSQL deployments and an inexpensive block
back-end for Scale-Out File Servers.
Virtual SAN reduces I/O latency and eliminates network traffic to an
absolute minimum by utilizing distributed RAM and flash-based caches. As a result, it improves
performance and reliability without unnecessary cost. Caches are kept coherent between multiple
hosts in order that a lightning-fast write-back policy is safe and achievable with commodity hardware.
StarWind Virtual SAN extends existing workloads to Azure public cloud, transforming the existing infrastructure into Hybrid Cloud. StarWind distributes highly available shared storage between the clouds, providing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for optimal RTPO. The Hyper-V ecosystem is managed by such familiar and convenient orchestrators as StarWind Manager, Hyper-V, and SCVMM.
StarWind Virtual SAN uses industry-standard uplink protocols,
integrating with almost all virtual environments and technologies. It exposes: SMB3 with dialect
features such as SMB Direct and SMB Multichannel, NFSv4.1 and iSCSI, VVols iSCSI, NVMe over Fabrics and iSER. As a
result, StarWind VSAN can merge with any virtual environments.
StarWind Stretched Clustering provides organizations with constant applications uptime and uninterrupted business continuity. The Stretched Clustering support allows avoiding the production downtime due to Live Migration between the geographical locations. Moreover, the IT infrastructure resources are utilized by 100% thanks to active-active shared storage replication.
SMB3, an evolved version of SMB (Server Message Block) protocol, provides file-based access to applications data. Being designed to max out hardware utilization efficiency, StarWind implementation of SMB3 decreases CAPEX and simplifies Scale-Out File servers deployment.
NFS (Network File System) is a distributed system protocol providing users with the remote access to data over a shared network just if it was kept locally. StarWind implementation of NFS eliminates the need for dedicated shared storage, so CAPEX and OPEX become significantly lower. Also, it merges the storage and compute layers allowing the cluster to go well with only two nodes.
The grid architecture allows building a highly fault-tolerant cluster by connecting a number of nodes together into a single grid. Such cluster topology provides a high rate of resiliency, allowing the cluster to stay operational even after multiple nodes failure while maintaining the principle of “data locality” for ultimate performance.
StarWind Virtual SAN implements VM and flash-friendly space reduction
technologies such as in-line deduplication and compression. The result increases usable capacity
of all-flash configurations, boosts I/O performance as more data can be pinpointed to virtually
"bigger" de-duplicated caches. Also, it prolongs flash life reducing the amount of write
StarWind Virtual SAN utilizes inexpensive commodity hardware. Our unique in-house developed software makes the most performance out of general-purpose x64 servers, MLC flash, spinning disks and Ethernet. VSAN also takes care of high-performance SAS, SLC and 3D NAND flash, as well as 10 and 25/50/100 GbE networking
Virtual SAN ensures that the mission-critical business data is
replicated to a disaster recovery site, following the "3-2-1 backup rule".
Replication is implemented to be asynchronous, background, deduplication,
and compression-aware, as well as snapshot-based. Additionally, StarWind VSAN supports
asynchronous replication to private and public cloud such as Azure.
StarWind Automated Storage Tiering eliminates the need in manual intervention when assigning storage to applications since the data flow between tiers is fully automated. Moreover, companies don’t have to go all-flash as Automated Storage Tiering effectively matches workload-intensive applications with a high performing storage, so that no overprovisioning occurs.
Virtual Tape Library (VTL) is an optional included feature that eliminates the need for physical tape by retaining all data on
inexpensive, fast and high-capacity drives, therefore dramatically reducing backup windows.
Virtual SAN provisions and manages storage with VM workloads in mind.
General-purpose storage arrays are invariably the most appropriate candidates to serve
hypervisors. VSAN uses Log-Structured File System and sophisticated caching in order to avoid random I/O to the full, but still without requiring cost all-flash
StarWind VTL transparently extends existing on-premises backup storage pools to Azure, AWS or other public cloud storage services. This serves two purposes. First, organizations can transparently scale up storage capacity without purchasing any extra hardware. Second, public cloud storage offers the most appealing $/GB rate for long-term data archival.
Object Storage Support
StarWind VTL dramatically simplifies storage management for organizations by interconnecting isolated storage silos. It allows using any industry-standard object storage arrays to expand the local storage pools. This way VTL unifies storage management and automates organization’s data flow between primary backup storage, on-premises object storage, and public cloud storage.
Ransomware can't encrypt tape libraries so virtual tape is a safer backup repository compared to NAS or SAN. Additional copies in Amazon S3 and Glacier deliver complete data security even if the entire on-premises infrastructure is compromised.