StarWind HyperConverged Appliance with VMware Virtual SAN: Data Sheet

Published: July 2016

This article describes the StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA), which unifies commodity servers and storage hardware, hypervisor, and associated software into a single scalable layer and is designed for ROBO, mid-sized and especially small SMB who are looking to bring in quick deployment and operational simplicity to virtualization workloads and reduce related expenses, and has minimalistic initial hardware footprint of just two servers. Scaling unit is just one server at a time. Compute and storage resources can be leveraged individually matching customer workload and other requirements.

StarWind employs the "best of breed" components for HCA: server hardware from Dell and associated software, which plays the key role by turning the commodity servers into fully functional hyperconverged appliances. VMware vSphere is employed as the hypervisor, VMware VSAN is used for virtual storage and Veeam Backup and Replication is utilized for VM backup. In order to manage the hypervisor, vSphere with Operations Management is used along with ESET Antivirus for better security.

StarWind Virtual SAN is optionally used to expose the VMware-based infrastructure to external consumers. StarWind HCA also features “one throat to choke” support covering servers, hypervisor, storage, and backup under a single support umbrella. Finally, a pre-configured and pre-tested StarWind HCA solution costs less than all the components separately, thanks to cooperation between StarWind and their software and hardware partners.

Components

  • Servers
  • Switches
  • Hypervisor
  • Virtual Shared Storage
  • Virtual Machine Backup and Replication
  • Monitoring, Reporting and Capacity Planning
  • Management and Security


Typical Configurations

  • Two Model L Nodes - Small Business / ROBO setup
  • Three Model L Nodes - Small and Medium Business setup
  • Three Model L Nodes + Two Model XL Nodes - Mid-sized Businesses
  • Three Model L Nodes + Two Model XL Nodes + Six Model S Nodes - ROBO


Models

  • StarWind HCA Model L - a mid-level system for SMB virtualized environments. 1U form factor provides maximum compute power density in minimum rack space. All models include an ultra-performing all-flash option; scales out to a maximum of 64 nodes.
  • StarWind HCA Model XL - a high-end virtualization platform. It provides maximum compute and storage density and uncompromised performance for high load virtual server and VDI workloads; scales-out to a maximum of 64 nodes.

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