Value proposition

SAN & NAS Legacy product

StarWind SAN & NAS is a software that turns your server or a group of servers (for high availability) into a powerful and easy to use storage appliance. Transform any server into a high performance shared storage as simple as dropping a VM on top of your hypervisor or installing the software on bare metal.

SAN & NAS Use Cases

StarWind SAN & NAS is for organizations with a low budget and restricted IT who want to efficiently
use their hardware resources to the best of their potential.

Shared Storage

Highly available storage for VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM, and Xen virtual machines.

Storage Appliance

ZFS-based, multi-protocol (NFS, SMB, iSCSI, NVMe-oF) high performance storage appliance.

Backup Target

Ransomware-proof Veeam hardened backup repository; a backup target for CommVault and Veritas.

Why SAN & NAS from StarWind?

StarWind SAN & NAS is a fully HCL-certified storage virtualization software for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V. The solution also enables you to repurpose your servers into certified backup targets if you’re using Veeam. StarWind SAN & NAS, as a Linux-based solution, leverages all the features of ZFS to ensure optimal storage use, data safety, and data integrity.

Deployment options:

You can check out the latest updates for StarWind SAN & NAS in the Release Notes.


SAN & NAS Highlights

Industry-Best Support

Next-level user support guaranteed from start till beyond. StarWind is known for its excellent support from pre-sales to follow-ups and remote troubleshooting. Totally free migration assistance included along with dedicated, friendly, and responsive support engineers. Strict SLAs with under 1 hour. ProActive Premium Support available additionally — for ultimate peace of mind. Have us watch all your systems 24/7/365, resolving any abnormalities before they become an issue without getting you involved.


Network-attached storage and storage area network from StarWind is built on three essential, years-proven building blocks: Linux, ZFS, and StarWind Virtual SAN. It’s easily deployed on top of your hypervisor of choice, VMware ESXi or Microsoft Hyper-V. You can also directly install it onto your hardware if you don’t use a hypervisor.

Redundancy Options

Users can choose their preferred redundancy configuration for their local disks among ZFS, Hardware RAID, or Linux MD/RAID. The High Availability and Fault Tolerance features, ensured via “mirroring” of hard disks and flash between your hypervisor servers, will become additionally available soon.

High Availability & Fault Tolerance

StarWind offers enterprise-level high availability (HA), deployed and configured in minutes. This allows any group of servers to be turned into cluster-aware shared storage, thus helping achieve near 100% uptime for your VMs, apps, and services.

File and Block Storage

SAN & NAS supports all industry-standard block and file protocols, like SMB3, NFSv3, NFSv4, NFSv4.1, and iSCSI (including VVols on iSCSI and NVMe-over-Fabrics). This way, the solution unlocks the entire potential of your available underlying storage capacity.



StarWind SAN & NAS comes with a Web-based UI, Text-based UI, vCenter Plugin, and Command-line interface (CLI) for your ultimate convenience. Monitor and operate your clusters as you need it.
SAN & NAS Benefits

Installing and operating StarWind SAN & NAS is no different from your everyday system administrator routines. The deployment process is simple and easily realized thanks to a user-friendly Installation Wizard. Monitoring and management are executed through a broad choice of tools you are free to choose from.


SAN & NAS from StarWind is a performance leader. Building on industry-fastest SDS, StarWind VSAN, allows the solution to process close to 100% of IOPS engaging the entirety of your underlying storage potential. This was proven by extensive tests made by StarWind in collaboration with its technical partners.


SAN & NAS from StarWind grants its users the ability to keep their aging servers running as backup targets or high-performing storage appliances thereby greatly improving their company’s ROI. Instead of throwing your outdated hardware out, you can repurpose it to serve you much better and longer.

What The World Says About Us

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

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reviewed April 5, 2021
Industry: Finance
Company size: 3b – 10b usd
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reviewed Sep 13, 2021
Industry: Construction
Company size: <50m usd
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reviewed June 12, 2021
Industry: Manufacturing
Company size: 50m - 250m usd
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reviewed October 14, 2020
Industry: Education
Company size: <5,000 emp
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reviewed March 16, 2021
Industry: Manufacturing
Company size: 3b - 10b usd
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reviewed February 28, 2020
Industry: Finance
Company size: 1b - 3b usd
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reviewed November 14, 2019
Industry: Finance
Company size: 1b - 3b usd
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reviewed October 20, 2016
Industry: Manufacturing
Company size: 3b - 10b usd
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reviewed September 1, 2021
Industry: Services
Company size: <50m usd
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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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