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HyperConverged Appliance: Datasheet

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Published: April 6, 2018

Value Proposition

For organizations looking to decrease their application downtime but are strangled with limited IT team resources and budgets, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA). StarWind HCA is a 100% software-defined hyperconverged platform built with Dell® OEM or StarWind-branded server platform. The burden of configuration, application migration, and integration is completely removed from customer’s shoulders – all is done by StarWind engineers at no extra cost.

Furthermore, StarWind HCA is the only solution in the industry offering true HA with just a single physical node. And finally, HCA leads downtime and management efforts to minimum since StarWind ProActive Support monitors the cluster health 24/7/365, predicts failures, and reacts to them before an issue actually happens.

PS: We’ll match the price if you manage to build a DIY cluster with the same parts plus services at a lower cost. How? By sharing our partner discounts with you.

Features Benefits
  • Hybrid Cloud: clustering with active-active data replication between on-premises and AWS, Azure or any other public cloud
  • Fault Tolerance, High Availability, Distributed RAM cache, Secure backups, Cloud DR and more
  • RDMA: maximize performance and resources available to your applications by eliminating I/O overhead
  • Zero configuration, migration, and integration efforts – all done by StarWind Engineers at no extra cost
  • HCA fits even the strictest budgets with a 2-node cluster price tag 2x lower than, say, a Tesla Model 3
  • Constant uptime thanks to high fault tolerance rate: 2-node system keeps on going even with 1 node + 1 disk failed

Supported Hypervisors: Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, KVM (coming soon)
Supported Operating Systems: Microsoft Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Supported Container Platforms: Docker Supported IaaS Platforms: OVH vCloud Air
Supported Storage Protocols: iSCSI, iSER, SMB3, SMB Direct, NFSv4.1
Supported Storage Management & Integrations: SMI-S, VVOL
Recommended Switches: Mellanox SN2100, Dell S4810 (For purchasing ask for options in your region)
Virtual Machine Backup and Replication: Veeam® Backup and Replication™ V9.5
Monitoring, Reporting and Capacity Planning: Veeam® ONE™ V9.5
Management and Security: StarWind Web Management StarWind Stack (coming soon)
Optional Components: 5nine Management, Microsoft SCVMM, VMware vSphere Operations Management

Certified Refurbished

StarWind and xByte Technologies partner together to provide significant cost savings with their certified refurbished HCA options. This is a perfect fit for those looking to cut their virtualization deployment expenses. The refurbished HCA nodes carry the same warranty and support from our side so neither the warranty nor the quality are sacrificed. Check with your account representative to find out what options are available in your region.

HyperConverged Appliance: DatasheetLeighton Broadcasting managed to reduce the downtime from days to several minutes: a year with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance

You are awesome! StarWind cut the cost of our physical automation system by at least 50% being virtualized

Tony Abfalter, Director of Engineering/IT, Leighton Broadcasting

All Flash

HCA All-Flash is designed for small and mid-size system for SMB virtualized environments. Start with as little as one node and leverage StarWind Hybrid Cloud for HA and failover or get more nodes to build an onsite cluster. Also, you can scale up by adding more storage, memory, and interface cards. Clusters can also have mixed node configurations to adapt multiple workload requirements. The all-flash configuration provides the best capacity-performance ratio. With StarWind ProActive Support included with the appliance, the responsibility for health status monitoring and availability of your applications is covered by StarWind Intelligent monitoring service and a professional team of support engineers.

Model L

Model L-AF 3.2 L-AF 4.8 L-AF 8 L-AF 9.6
Chassis configuration 1U 5/10 drive slots 1U 7/10 drive slots 1U 6/10 drive slots 1U 7/10 drive slots
CPU Intel Xeon Scalable Family
2x Silver 4110
2.1GHz 8C/16T
2x Silver 4110
2.1GHz 8C/16T
2x Silver 4114
2.2GHz 10C/20T
2x Gold 5115
2.4GHz 10C/20T
RAM, GB 64 128 128 128
Usable Capacity, TB 3.2 4.8 8 9.6
Storage 800GB/1.6TB SATA Mix Use SSD
Dedicated Boot Storage BOSS RAID1 2x 120GB SSD
Networking 4×1 GbE 2×10 GbE (Private, RDMA-enabled) 2×1 GbE + 2×10 GbE NDC
2×25 GbE (Private, RDMA-enabled)
ProActive Services StarWind ProActive Support** Included by default
Deduplication and Compression Yes

Model XL

Model XL-AF 12.8 XL-AF 15.2 XL-AF 19.2 XL-AF 24
Chassis configuration 2U 9/24 bays 2U 20/24 bays 2U 13/24 bays 2U 16/24 bays
CPU Intel Xeon Scalable Family
2x Gold 6134
3.2GHz 8C/16T
2x Gold 6134
3.2GHz 8C/16T
2x Gold 6130
2.1GHz 16C/32T
2x Gold 6130
2.1GHz 16C/32T
RAM, GB 192 256 320 512
Usable Capacity, TB 12.8 15.2 19.2 24
Storage 800GB/1.6TB SATA Mix Use SSD
Dedicated Boot Storage BOSS RAID1 2x 120GB SSD
Networking 2×1 GbE + 2×10 GbE NDC
2×25 GbE (Private, RDMA-enabled)
ProActive Services StarWind ProActive Support** Included by default
Deduplication and Сompression Yes

**Read more about StarWind ProActive Support here

Hybrid

HCA Hybrid utilizes automated storage tiering to handle performance-intensive workloads in a cost-efficient manner. It provides a healthy balance between performance and cost. These models are built to deliver high storage capacity and great performance without having to go all-flash. Start with as little as one node and leverage StarWind Hybrid Cloud for HA and failover or get more nodes to build an onsite cluster. Also, you can scale up by adding more storage, memory, and interface cards. Clusters can also have mixed node configurations to adapt multiple workload requirements. With StarWind ProActive Support included with the appliance, the responsibility for health status monitoring and availability of your applications is covered by StarWind Intelligent monitoring service and a team of professional support engineers.

Model L Model XL
Model L-H 5.6 XL-H 8.8 XL-H 11.8 XL-H 17.7 XL-H 24 XL-H 35.2
Chassis configuration 1U 4/4 bays 2U 10/14 bays 2U 9/14 bays 2U 13/14 bays 2U 14/14 bays 2U 20/20 bays
CPU Intel Xeon Scalable Family
2x Silver 4110
2.1G 8C/16T
2x Silver 4110
2.1G 8C/16T
2x Silver 4114
2.2G 10C/20T
2x Silver 4116
2.1G 12C/24T
2x Silver 4116
2.1G 12C/24T
2x Gold 5120
2.2G 14C/28T
RAM, GB 96 128 128 256 256 512
Usable Capacity, TB 5.6 8.8 11.8 17.7 24.0 35.2
Storage 2TB / 4TB 7.2K NLSAS
960 GB / 1.6 TB SSD SATA Mix Use
Dedicated Boot Storage BOSS RAID1 2x 120GB SSD
Networking 2×1 + 2×10 GbE 2×1 + 2×10 GbE
2×25 GbE (Private, RDMA-enabled)
ProActive Services StarWind ProActive Support** Included by default
Deduplication and Сompression Yes

**Read more about StarWind ProActive Support here

Disk

HCA xD is the high-capacity option with the best $/GB value. These models are built to provide high storage capacity and moderate compute power for capacity-hungry applications. Start with as little as one node and leverage StarWind Hybrid Cloud for HA and failover or get more nodes to build an onsite cluster. Also, you can scale up by adding more storage, memory, and interface cards. Clusters can also have mixed node configurations to adapt
multiple workload requirements. With StarWind ProActive Support included with the appliance, the responsibility for health status monitoring and availability of your applications is covered by StarWind Intelligent monitoring service and a team of professional support engineers.

Model L Model XL
Model L-4D XL-8D XL-16D XL-24D XL-32D XL-48D
Chassis configuration 1U 4/4 bays 2U 8/12 bays 2U 8/12 bays 2U 12/12 bays 2U 8/12 bays 2U 12/12 bays
CPU Intel Xeon Scalable Family
2x Bronze 3106
1.7G 8C/8T
2x Silver 4110
2.1G 8C/16T
2x Silver 4110
2.1G 8C/16T
2x Silver 4114
2.2G 10C/20T
2x Silver 4116
2.1G 12C/24T
2x Gold 5118
2.3G 12C/24T
RAM, GB 32 64 96 128 128 192
Usable Capacity, TB 4 8 16 24 36 48
Storage 2TB 7.2K NLSAS 4TB 7.2K NLSAS 8TB 7.2K NLSAS
Dedicated Boot Storage  BOSS, 1x 120GB SSD
Networking  2×1 GbE (LOM)
4×1 GbE
 4×1 GbE
2×10 GbE (Private)
ProActive Services  StarWind ProActive Support** Included by default
Deduplication and Сompression  Yes

**Read more about StarWind ProActive Support here