StarWind Virtual SAN® Getting Started

StarWind Virtual SAN can be used as fully software-based hypervisor-centric storage for virtual machines. The solution allows creating a high-performing and fault-tolerant storage pool purpose-built for virtualization workloads. It can be implemented in hyperconverged and compute and storage separated architectures. This technical paper provides guidance on StarWind Virtual SAN deployment in both environments considering their peculiarities.

StarWind Virtual SAN® for vSphere 2-Node Hyperconverged Scenario – deduplication and compression configuration

StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) for VMware vSphere comes as a pre-packaged Linux virtual machine (VM), creating a VM-centric and high-performing storage pool for VMware Cluster. VDO is a piece of software that provides inline block-level deduplication, compression, and thin provisioning capabilities for primary storage. VDO installs within the Linux device mapper framework where it takes ownership of existing block devices and remaps these to new, higher-level block devices with data-efficiency capabilities. Find out from this guide how to configure a VDO volume with enabled deduplication and compression on top of StarWind Virtual SAN Virtual Machine with your VMware vSphere.

StarWind Virtual SAN®
Gentle Shutdown with PowerChute

Unexpected power outage can result in data loss, especially when write-back cache is in use. The combination of PowerChute and StarWind allows users to gently turn off the VMs, hosts and put the StarWind devices into maintenance mode. Thus, StarWind users get a helpful utility to prevent unexpected power outage and possible data loss. This technical paper provides detailed guidelines on applying StarWind Virtual SAN with PowerChute Network.