Value proposition

NVMe-oF Initiator
(for Windows)

StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator for Windows is the only solution that offers performance-demanding Windows applications NVMe-oF connectivity over TCP and RoCE v2 networks. We make NVMe-oF available for SQL and M&E workloads on Windows today with our 100% software NVMe-oF initiator that installs on any Windows host without the need to deploy FC infrastructure, add proprietary rNICs to every host, or wait years for a native OS functionality to appear and mature. Being Windows-certified and tested for compatibility with all the major NVMe-oF storage vendors, StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator for Windows ensures customers get not only the best performance and lowest latency for their mission-critical applications, but also end-to-end enterprise support from the storage, initiator, and OS vendor.

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StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator is certified with Windows
Server 2019 and Windows 10
StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator for Windows is now included in the UNH IOL Interoperability matrix tests as a default Microsoft Windows and Windows Server NVMe-oF connectivity test for NVMe-oF storage products.


Compared to legacy FC and iSCSI, NVMe-oF offers a much lower CPU cost on the IOPS delivered to the applications, which means less of the application server CPU is wasted on storage processing and more of it available to your applications.


NVMe over Fabrics delivers 100% of the underlying storage performance and close to 100% of the original NVMe latency. Moreover, it offers unrivaled parallelism that enables this performance to all of the applications working with the storage.

Cost Savings

More efficient CPU usage unlocks the ability to scale down the CPUs in the application servers and save on the core-bound OS licensing. The ability to use existing TCP or RoCE v2 instead of a forklift upgrade to FC or proprietary rNICs in every server is also a huge source of savings.

Supported Solutions

StarWind NVMe-oF
Initiator Supports
Reputable Solutions

StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator is an integral part of cutting-edge solutions from reputable companies that push the boundaries of IT performance, sustainability, and cost-efficiency.

StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator for Windows is the only 100% software solution to connect your Windows Server and Windows-based applications to NVMe-oF storage.

The free version enables you to put NVMe-oF to the test right here and right now without any monetary commitments. Under the hood, it's the same solution our Wall Street, military, aerospace, and automotive customers have been running in production for years. The table below will help you decide which version is right for you:

NVMe-oF Initiator

NVMe-oF Initiator


  • Allowed for non-production lab and PoC use
  • Production use is allowed


  • Self-supported through StarWind online community
  • Fully supported by StarWind, your Storage vendor, and Microsoft with SLA starting at 1 hour 24/7/365

Joint problem resolution with your NVMe-oF storage vendor

  • N / A
  • Yes, for all NVMe-oF Storage solutions
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One-of-a-Kind Offer

StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator
Is a One-of-a-Kind Offer on the Market

To date, there are no built-in tools in Windows for working with network-attached NVMe SSDs. NVMe-oF, the protocol that enables SQL, M&E applications, and VMs to get all the performance from NVMe Flash. As a result, Microsoft clients cannot get the best performance and latency for their applications.

There are some NVMe-oF-ready network cards (NICs) for Windows and Windows Server applications to work with NVMe Flash over the network. Yet, upgrading the whole interconnect with NVMe-oF capable NICs and switches for all existing systems will remain a very costly project in the foreseeable future.

StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator allows you to avoid these issues and get everything your NVMe has to offer in a cost-effective way. The solution is specifically designed for SQL and virtualization workloads. NVMe-oF Initiator from StarWind also works on Windows 10, Windows 10 Pro, Windows Server 2016, and Windows Server 2019 (Windows Server 2022 support coming soon).

You can check out the latest updates for StarWind NVMe-oF Initiator in the Release Notes.

StarWind rigorously tests its technology to offer practical results to a wide range of business IT infrastructure needs in a simple and actionable form.


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