Value proposition

SAN & NAS Free

Breathe in new life into your existing hypervisor servers or server clusters with StarWind SAN & NAS Free. Whether it's for your home lab or proof of concept (PoC), explore the benefits of StarWind SAN & NAS Free today. Repurpose aging servers into shared storage without spending a dime. We decided to share our StarWind SAN & NAS cost-free to inspire modern businesses to create sustainable, high-performing IT infrastructure out of their existing hardware instead of wasting it, or wasting money on new costly proprietary components.

Under the Bonnet

SAN & NAS Free



  • Self-supported or community-supported through StarWind Forums
  • Full support during pre-sale, deployment, configuration, and integration
  • Remote troubleshooting
  • Rapidly responsive support for any issues during use
  • Dedicated support engineer
  • 24/7/365 ProActive Premium Support available additionally

High Availability and Fault Tolerance

  • These features are unavailable in free licensing
  • HA and FT, enabled starting with 2 nodes (no witness necessary) through "mirroring" of hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers, will become additionally available soon.
Why choose less, when you
can have more?
Why choose less, when you
can have more?

SAN & NAS Free

StarWind SAN & NAS Free leverages the benefits of three of your favorites: StarWind VSAN, ZFS, and Linux. It’s deployed as a ready-to-go VM on top of VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V or directly onto bare metal from an ISO image, pooling all your storage resources and creating a hardware compatibility list (HCL) certified high-performing storage appliance. StarWind SAN & NAS Free also integrates ZFS for ultimate data integrity and unrestricted scalability, ready to support your business growth.

While it comes free of charge, your production environment deserves only the best. It's easy to transition StarWind SAN & NAS Free to a paid version if you require High Availability (HA), Fault Tolerance, and/or Commercial Support. Better safe than sorry, and we can ensure that your organization enjoys all the benefits a full-featured, cutting-edge, modern software-defined storage (SDS) solution can provide.

What The World Says About Us

StarWind included as Niche Player for the fourth consecutive time in 2021 Magic Quadrant™ for HCI Software

Hyperconverged Infrastructure Software
reviewed April 5, 2021
Industry: Finance
Company size: 3b – 10b usd
01 / 10 Read more
reviewed Sep 13, 2021
Industry: Construction
Company size: <50m usd
02 / 10 Read more
reviewed June 12, 2021
Industry: Manufacturing
Company size: 50m - 250m usd
03 / 10 Read more
reviewed October 14, 2020
Industry: Education
Company size: <5,000 emp
04 / 10 Read more
reviewed March 16, 2021
Industry: Manufacturing
Company size: 3b - 10b usd
05 / 10 Read more
reviewed February 28, 2020
Industry: Finance
Company size: 1b - 3b usd
07 / 10 Read more
reviewed November 14, 2019
Industry: Finance
Company size: 1b - 3b usd
08 / 10 Read more
reviewed October 20, 2016
Industry: Manufacturing
Company size: 3b - 10b usd
09 / 10 Read more
reviewed September 1, 2021
Industry: Services
Company size: <50m usd
10 / 10 Read more
Success Stories

We are satisfied with StarWind. The support is really fantastic. Whenever any issue arises, the response is very prompt, and solution is immediate.

Srinivas Kouda, Company’s Representative

We were able to build 2-node storage clusters based on virtualization in 19 hypermarkets without any problems and with high cost-efficiency.

Vass Sandor, IT Infrastructure Leader

By being able to virtualize our environment with StarWind, we were able to retire some old hardware, get our services highly available, reduce power consumption and heat in our server closet.

David Gardner, Information Systems Manager

StarWind got us off the clustered environment, which was a big help. So, I could regain control of my storage and reclaim and redistribute the space we desperately needed.

Ryan Fulton, Company’s Representative

Price + Simplicity. StarWind vSAN offers great pricing and allows us to get work done without expensive custom hardware. It also makes getting back online quick and easy after an outage or hardware failure.

Aaron Hayes, IT Manager

We chose StarWind Mainly because of the cost compared to other vendors. Simplicity of setup was also a major factor and I like the fact that you don’t need a vendor certified engineer to perform the installation.

John Harris, Windows System Administrator,
Department of Physics, University of Oxford

Because of recommendations of older colleagues, with StarWind, we got a reliable storage with no additional hardware. There was a need to increase IT infrastructure performance and we saw StarWind as the most cost-effective solution.

Željko Medić, Director of IT Department

StarWind is the best storage product I have ever used! It satisfies and exceeds requirements.

Joe Gursky, Director of IT
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Our products are now available at flexible subscription payments simply as part of your OpEx.