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Introduction

Grid Architecture

In order to boost performance and achieve fault tolerance, multiple servers are joined into a cluster. It is a process of connecting the servers in such a way that they act like a single logical entity. If done properly, it also provides better scalability of the system and centralized management. The benefits of clustering, or the extent of performance boost and fault tolerance, are determined by cluster topology – how the individual nodes are connected with each other.

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Problem

Problem of Traditional Cluster Configurations

Traditional N+1 or N+2 cluster configurations do not provide sufficient redundancy for certain workloads. They may do just fine for some data processing application, but when it comes to many independent workloads like VDI, the resilience provided will not be adequate. One or two nodes going down should not mean the failure of the whole cluster with all the VMs.

It is difficult to build a system that would gradually scale and maintain “data locality”. Without it, the cluster will suffer a decrease in performance, because dividing compute and storage resources of a single process will send much of the data through fabrics. As for the former, without flexible scaling, the cluster loses one of its main benefits, thus requiring higher expenses to grow resources.

A typical cluster won’t withstand more than 2 failed nodes, regardless of the total number of nodes in the cluster

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Solution

Fault-Tolerant Grid Architecture

The so-called “grid architecture” allows the cluster to maintain a high rate of fault tolerance without losing the principle of “data locality”, and not collapsing if multiple nodes go down. As the name implies, this cluster topology resembles a grid, where a number of take nodes resemble a cluster of their own. These “clusters” have a much higher rate of system resiliency than typical N+1 or N+2 systems, where each component has one or two backup partners, allowing them to withstand only roughly 1/3 nodes failure. In case with VDI, it is much better to have the remainder of the cluster working, than have it all go down.

“Grid architecture” allows the cluster to stay operational even after multiple node failures

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Conclusion

Ensure Fault Tolerance and High Performance with StarWind’s Implementation of Data Grid Architecture

“Grid architecture” is the way to build a highly redundant and high-performing cluster. It connects the nodes together into a resilient grid, which supports the principle of data locality to a certain extent. Instead of crashing the entire cluster when a number of nodes go down, “grid architecture” preserves the work of the “healthy” nodes.

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What The World Says About Us

StarWind gets praise for its solution's high level of customization in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for HCI



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Success Stories

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

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

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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