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Value Proposition
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StarWind Storage Appliance

StarWind SA helps organizations with fixed compute platforms meet storage performance and capacity growth requirements by providing them with high-performance and simply scalable storage fully covered by 24/7 support. StarWind Storage Appliance easily handles high-performance or unpredictable data growth. It serves storage as a single namespace to different environments via multiple uplink protocols: iSCSI, SMB3, NFS, including RDMA-capable iSER and SMB Direct.

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The appliance features an optional built-in gateway to public cloud to implement an effective Disaster Recovery plan by moving extra copies of backup data into the safety of a public cloud, like AWS or Azure. It is a cost-effective way to follow the "3-2-1 backup rule", which says there must be three copies of data in two forms, and one must be stored on a remote location. StarWind SA scales up by adding individual disks and flash modules or JBODs, while adding ready controller nodes provides simple scale-out growth as required.

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Features

Why Storage Appliance from StarWind?

Unlike storage vendors that ensure application vendors handle the workload, StarWind implements an open, software-modular design at storage controller level, taking care of data locality and offloading I/O from network and application servers. StarWind Storage Appliance is fully customizable and expandable and accepts third-party application modules as Windows services, containers or VMs on top of storage. Data mining, analytics or raw data processing applications run directly in the controller, skipping network switched fabric layer completely and dramatically improving performance.

Moreover, StarWind SA needs neither external backup nor antivirus software. They both come pre-installed on top of the storage platform, this also is an example of the storage appliance customization. Customers are free from purchasing, installing and managing some of the business critical applications through stack simplification. Less software to purchase, fewer components to manage, better overall performance all combine to reduce cost, simplify deployment and drive efficiency.

Unlike storage vendors who merely utilize one or two uplink protocols, StarWind’s solution inherits the multi-protocol unified storage feature of StarWind VSAN. StarWind Storage Appliance supports all industry-standard Ethernet fabrics including: 1, 10, 25/50/100 GbE as well as InfiniBand. StarWind supports the latest VVols, SMB Direct, iSER, and cutting edge NVMe over Fabrics as well as standard protocols like iSCSI, NFS, and SMB3. The appliance ensures optimum delivery of all the IOPS and TBPS the underlying storage and network hardware is capable of.

Unlike typical storage platforms, StarWind Storage Appliance can benefit from hyper-converged architectures by being a capacity extension for StarWind HCA. It offers much freedom in configuration and customization of the IT infrastructure to meet the business requirements precisely without overprovisioning and overpaying. For the highest performance requirements, StarWind SA comes in a cost-efficient all-flash model, which literally adds to overall infrastructure performance rather than dwelling on it.

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Benefits
Benefits

Simplicity

StarWind Storage Appliance is designed to serve storage to multiple platforms, including different virtualization environments. It achieves this due to flexible connectivity and support of industry-standard uplink protocols. Little effort is required to introduce StarWind SA to any existing infrastructure.

Cost Efficiency

StarWind Storage Appliance is a ready storage solution with optimized pricing. Additionally, Storage Appliance inherits StarWind VSAN features that allow it to utilize less hardware for the same workload.

Performance

StarWind Storage Appliance is built with “best-of-breed” components – industry-leading software to squeeze maximum out of top-of-the-line hardware. It can run various applications, including antivirus, backup and management on top of the storage, offloading much of the I/O from the compute cluster. In addition, StarWind SA takes advantage and leverages the performance-related features of StarWind Virtual SAN.

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Storage Array Models
  • SA-1H MODEL

    SA-1H – a hybrid storage array fit for small and medium volumes of secondary data, from 4 TB up to 44 TB. This single-chassis array provides good performance staying within the typical HDD-based solutions budget. Dual storage controllers provide fast failover and guarantee High Availability. The typical use cases include secondary data and virtualization storage, medical records, primary backup storage with low RPO/RTO requirements.

  • SA-2H MODEL

    SA-2H – a hybrid storage array with flexible configurations for small to large volumes of primary data, from 4 TB to 500 TB and even more. This dual-chassis array provides high performance, low latency data processing for applications with a defined data set. Redundant disk sets may be distanced up to 650 feet from each other, providing high extent of Fault Tolerance. The typical use cases include primary virtualization and media storage, medical records, small database storage.

  • SA-2AF MODEL

    SA-2AF – an all-flash storage array with flexible configurations for small to large volumes of primary hot data, from 4 TB to 500 TB and even more. This dual-chassis array delivers uncompromised high performance across entire storage capacity for most demanding applications. Redundant disk sets may be distanced up to 650 feet from each other, providing high extent of Fault Tolerance. The typical use cases include Databases, Big Data and primary virtualization storage.

StarWind Storage Appliance comes in the following models, each designed for a particular task

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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