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Introduction

SMB3 Support

The Server Message Block protocol (SMB) is generally used for accessing files, printers and serial ports within a client-server environment but it’s not commonly used for handling enterprise workloads. In this regard, Microsoft has upgraded the SMB protocol to provide a file-based access to applications data. As a result, this allowed SMB3 to be utilized in Microsoft Hyper-V and SQL Server use cases. The evolved version of SMB3 has become a vital part of Scale-Out File servers (SOFS), but this evolution has put forward certain challenges.

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Problem

Problems of Scale-out File Server Implementation

One of the greatest challenges for companies while implementing SOFS is complexity and high CapEx since SOFS requires some form of storage such as SAN (iSCSI/FC) or DAS. Using local storage with Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) solves the complexity issue. However, this lowers the solution’s ROI since S2D requires an expensive Datacenter OS license. Another roadblock is finding a storage solution that offers a unified platform with the necessary data services such as caching, snapshots, QoS and data optimization.

Traditional implementation of an HA SMB File Server

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Solution

Shared Storage Solution Featuring SMB3 Support

StarWind's implementation of SMB3 reduces CapEx and eliminates the complexity issue. The hardware is utilized with maximum efficiency thanks to StarWind shared nothing approach. As the result, the cluster footprint is reduced to as low as 2 nodes for providing Continuously Available SMB3 access. The solution’s ROI is also significantly improved thanks to StarWind Virtual SAN high redundancy and performance architecture that uses RDMA Protocol suite and DRAM/Flash caching. Finally, the CLV gets increased as StarWind offers all the beneficial data services such as caching, snapshots, QoS, and data optimization features.

‘Shared nothing’ approach to the implementation of an HA SMB File Server

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Conclusion

Ensure High Application’s Performance and Data Redundancy with StarWind VSAN

StarWind makes use of the SMB3 protocol, providing a simple, scalable, and highly available storage platform. It optimizes the CapEx and increases ROI through efficient hardware utilization. StarWind also delivers high CLV as it provides a set of data services richer than one with the stock SOFS implementation.

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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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