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

StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN)

StarWind VSAN eliminates any need in physical shared storage by simply mirroring internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. It maintains high performance and data high availability on minimalistic resources.

StarWind Virtual SAN delivers performance and reliability using commercial off-the-shelf hardware, removing the need for costly proprietary components.

In addition, those who need to build and maintain virtualization infrastructure at little to no expense, may be interested in StarWind Virtual SAN Free.

No restrictions on # of sockets, cores, or features. Editions vary only by usable capacity and # of nodes per license.
StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V installs as a Windows-native application directly in the Hyper-V parent partition. It also
integrates with Windows Server management and security tools.
Standard
Professional
Enterprise
Datacenter
1
Node
1
Node
1
Node
Unlimited
Node
4
Capacity, TB
8
Capacity, TB
Unlimited
Capacity, TB
Unlimited
Capacity, TB
We keep it simple here: socket-derived licensing, capacity limitations, and feature restrictions are all gone for good!
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere is a ready-to-go Linux VM that installs on the cluster nodes. Once installed, Virtual SAN
creates a fault-tolerant storage pool available to the entire vSphere cluster. VSAN for vSphere users get unrestricted
features, storage capacity, and outstanding cost-efficiency.
SMB & ROBO
Essentials
Enterprise
Unrestricted Scalability
2
Nodes
3
Nodes
1 -
Nodes
Unlimited
Capacity, TB
Unlimited
Capacity, TB
Unlimited
Capacity, TB
$3750
Price per offering
$4995
Price per offering
$2500
Price per node
VSAN FREE

Free Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solution. StarWind VSAN Free provides an ample set of virtualization tools for admins, developers, and IT geeks who have the skills necessary to maintain virtualization infrastructures. VSAN free product is designed for production purposes, POC (Proof of Concept), or test and development.

Benefits

Exceptional Simplicity

StarWind Virtual SAN runs as a native hypervisor component or in VM, and it does not require any deep storage and network administration or UNIX management skills. A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware or Windows can install, configure and maintain VSAN operations.

COST EFFICIENCY

StarWind Virtual SAN cuts the costs at least in half, meaning both Operational and Capital Expenditure. It eliminates the actual physical shared storage, corresponding infrastructure, associated deployment and maintenance activities. StarWind VSAN works on commodity hardware, so there’s not only less hardware to purchase and maintain, but also the required hardware is inexpensive.

Performance and Features

Performance is uncompromised by the minimalistic hardware footprint, reduced deployment and management costs. StarWind Virtual SAN brings to the table server-side flash and memory caches, log-structuring and an absolutely minimalistic I/O path. The resulting performance is unmatched by either typical virtual appliances or physical shared storage.

Features

StarWind ProActive Support

StarWind ProActive Support provides your business with an unprecedented level of services availability and data security by preventing failures proactively instead of dealing with consequences. In the case of a problem, StarWind engineer gets an alert and reaches out to you to resolve it, saving your valuable time and efforts.

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LOG-STRUCTURED WRITE-BACK CACHE (LSWBC)

Log-structured Write-Back Cache is a caching technology tailored for intense virtualized workloads. By effectively combining the fast memory like flash or RAM and a tiny portion of your storage, this feature optimizes the way data is written to the underlying storage. As a result, all your applications always get the resiliency and performance that they need.

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StarWind Web-based Management

StarWind Web-based Management provides system administrators with the ability to access and manage their StarWind storage infrastructure via HTML5 web console from any location. This functionality delivers full control over storage-related operations from PC, Android, iOS or Windows mobile devices.

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To download the software products please make your choice below. An installer link and the license key will be sent to the e-mail address you specify. Please check the Free vs. Paid document if you are uncertain of the StarWind Virtual SAN version. A totally unrestricted NFR (Not For Resale) version of StarWind Virtual SAN is available for certain use cases. Learn more here. StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V release notes are available here.

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