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Introduction

StarWind
Swordfish Provider

The IT world is growing very fast. Applications require more computing power with every minute we live, and data storage becomes the most growing technological part around the globe. In addition, the share of IT businesses in the cloud is increasing significantly. All of this is making IT storage infrastructure management more and more complicated. In this regard, Storage Management Initiative (SMI) decided to create a specification to make the life of IT administrators easier. SNIA Swordfish provides an API functionality that simplifies the way storage can be allocated, monitored, and managed. This specification is designed to integrate with technologies used in data center environments and make advanced tasks much more simple.

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Problem

Problem of Complex Storage Management

In our world, different solutions have different management capabilities, which can make the daily routine of IT staff more complicated. To operate a datacenter, engineers should learn a variety of “languages” to be able to successfully maintain different pieces of hardware and software. In order to manage iSCSI storage via SCVMM, an SMI-S agent or the native Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI) will do the job. Of course, when it comes to Storage, we talk about SAN and, in a big Datacenter, you will often have different SANs from different vendors, which requires knowledge of different APIs and CLIs for management. These big environments do not have the ability for unified storage administration which makes management a hard task.

Diverse management approaches make admins' IT routines way too complicated
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Solution

Swordfish API Solution from StarWind

StarWind adds support of Swordfish API to StarWind Virtual SAN in order to simplify the job of IT and storage administrators. It becomes easier to manage, monitor, allocate, and scale StarWind Virtual SAN-based infrastructures, as well as setups where StarWind VSAN is part of a bigger storage infrastructure. With StarWind Swordfish Provider you do not need to install or configure any additional software (PowerShell, WMI, SMI-S agent, Web GUI etc.) to manage StarWind Virtual SAN. The Swordfish API comes is included in VSAN installation, which makes VSAN's deployment and management really easy.

StarWind Swordfish - a VSAN-native API that dramatically simplifies storage management
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Conclusion

Manage Your Storage Easily with Swordfish Plugin from StarWind

Swordfish Plugin creates a single “language” requiring no specialized APIs and CLIs knowledge to communicate with the environment, where StarWind Virtual SAN and solutions from other vendors are combined. It simplifies the work of IT and Storage administrators and allows them to easily integrate StarWind Virtual SAN into any environments.

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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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