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
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
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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