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Introduction

NFS Support

When it comes to remote files access and sharing, the number one option most system administrators choose is Network File System (NFS). NFS is a distributed file system protocol that allows users accessing remote files and data over a shared network just if they were stored locally. As to VM storage management, and VMware vSphere particularly, NFS is much more convenient comparing to FC and iSCSI. This all leads the NFS protocol to be effectively used for simplifying IT infrastructure scalability and ensuring centralized data management since it provides simple and convenient access for multiple systems. Nevertheless, considering the configuration of traditional HA NFS File Server, certain challenges may arise.

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Problem

Problems of Highly Available Network File System (NFS) Implementation

The number one problem companies usually face is high capital expenditure since the HA NFS implementation requires some form of shared storage. This leads to the need of deploying additional servers, non-redundant JBODs or even costly SANs. Another challenge is low return on investment (ROI) of the overall solution since more investments are required to improve the performance of the hardware already in use. Furthermore, the customer lifecycle value (CLV) gets crippled due to the lack of data services including caching, snapshots, QoS or data optimization features in the existing solutions. Therefore, building a unified and redundant platform with a necessary set of data services becomes a pitfall that is hard to overcome.

Traditional implementation of an HA NFS File Server

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Solution

Shared Storage Solution Featuring NFS Support

CapEx and OpEx are significantly reduced since StarWind eliminates the need for dedicated shared storage. It unites the storage and compute layers virtualized on commodity servers, allowing the cluster footprint to go as low as 2 nodes.

The solution’s ROI also gets improved thanks to StarWind multi-level redundancy and high-performance architecture. Performance gets a considerable boost with DRAM and Flash caching functionality. The CPU overhead is minimized due to RDMA implemented for data synchronization.

CLV is increased as StarWind delivers such data services as caching, snapshots, QoS, and data optimization features. Furthermore, simple software updates throughout the solution’s lifecycle offer extended functionality providing additional value for companies.

‘Shared nothing’ approach to the implementation of an HA NFS File Serve

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Conclusion

Ensure High Performance with StarWind’s NFS Protocol Implementation

The StarWind solution significantly reduces companies’ CapEx and OpEx and in turn, offers high performance and availability for mission-critical applications. StarWind guarantees higher ROI and CLV as it maximizes the power of an HA NFS File Server through efficient hardware utilization for shared access and provides beneficial data services.

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What The World Says About Us

StarWind gets praise for its solution's high level of customization in the 2019 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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