March 9,
2021
StarWind Is No.1 at IT Central Station’s Peer Awards for SDS 2021
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Introduction

iSCSI

The amount of storage used by organizations is growing exponentially, creating a need for a storage system that is fast and easily accessible by multiple virtual machines (VMs) and applications. In addition, the storage itself must be highly available (HA) to provide maximum uptime numbers for desired applications. Fibre Channel infrastructure is a good option, but it involves high implementation costs and requires specific hardware to support it. That’s where iSCSI comes into play. It is a block protocol that works over the common Ethernet network. Thus, iSCSI brings ease of implementation along with speed and becomes a perfect fit for shared storage systems.

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Problem

Modern Applications Require Block-Level Access to Storage Which Can Be Expensive

Presently, a lot of applications, as well as VMs on top of hypervisors, require block-level access to storage in order to work fast and function properly. Sure, this can be solved by adding drives into the servers running applications or VMs, nonetheless, any server has limitations as per the number of drives you can add.

On the other hand, clustered environments require shared storage for optimal work, and they also need to have simultaneous access to it in return. Furthermore, such storage must be highly available to be able to handle failures of any piece of hardware even on the storage layer.

There are various hardware options that could be used for a shared storage and Fiber Channel is a popular one. However, to build a Fiber Channel infrastructure, organizations need dedicated HBAs and separate SANs with Fiber Channel support, resulting in additional high and implementation complexity.

Amount of storage that could be added to a single server is limited

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Solution

StarWind Provides iSCSI Storage to Industry-Standard Hypervisors and Apps without Specific Hardware

Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI) is a popular transport protocol that enables the SCSI protocol to be transmitted through a TCP-based IP network. StarWind VSAN shares iSCSI storage to any industry-standard hypervisor or applications. It can utilize any type of underlying storage required by the clients, be it local disks or storage connected by means of network. With StarWind Highly Available devices shared via iSCSI network, data is always replicated across multiple nodes, increasing uptime and being able to handle multiple hardware failures.

StarWind VSAN runs over iSCSI which means that all it needs is common Ethernet infrastructure to be implemented and start providing HA for your environment. As a result, StarWind VSAN becomes exceptionally simple to deploy and minimizes integration costs and complexity. Moreover, StarWind iSCSI target provides close to underlying storage performance making it a perfect for literally any workload type.

Storage served via iSCSI is presented as local to applications

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Conclusion

Enjoy iSCSI at Its Best Without Buying Unwanted Hardware Thanks to StarWind

StarWind VSAN uses iSCSI performance for sharing the Highly Available storage for your VMs and applications. By utilizing the iSCSI protocol, StarWind brings the ease of deployment, administration simplicity and minimum implementation costs.

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What The World Says About Us

StarWind included as Niche Player for the third consecutive time in 2020 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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