StarWind VSAN for vSphere
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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

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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 (HA) 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 VSAN 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.
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Free Software-Defined Storage (SDS). VSAN Free from StarWind is shipped with a set of ready-to-use PowerShell scripts that would help users to quickly deploy the VSAN environment and configure most of its features quickly and simply. VSAN free product is designed for production purposes, POC (Proof of Concept), or test and development.

VSAN Benefits

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Exceptional Simplicity

StarWind VSAN 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 do VSAN configuration, configure and maintain VSAN operations.

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Cost Efficiency

Virtual SAN from StarWind cuts the costs at least in half, meaning both Operational and Capital Expenditure, and frees from hidden VSAN licensing expenses. It eliminates the actual physical shared storage, corresponding infrastructure, associated deployment and maintenance activities. Virtual SAN from StarWind 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

VSAN performance is uncompromised by the minimalistic hardware footprint, reduced deployment and management costs. StarWind VSAN 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.

VSAN Features

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StarWind NVMe over Fabrics (NVMe-oF)New

StarWind’s NVMe-oF protocol implementation allows maximum PCIe SSD utilization in Hyper-V environments. With this protocol in place, the difference between a locally connected NVMe drive and one presented over the network vanishes.

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StarWind iSER

StarWind iSER, a protocol designed to improve iSCSI, completely eliminates the problem of network bottlenecks and latency issues providing higher bandwidth for block storage transfers. It allows achieving maximum performance in cluster systems, which makes VM migration, data and VM replication even faster and easier to implement.

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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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Please fill out the form below to download the product. An installer link together with the license key will be sent to the e-mail address that you’ve specified. You may check the Free vs. Paid document if you are unsure about which StarWind Virtual SAN version you would like to try. Aside from this, there is a totally unrestricted NFS (Not For Sale) version of StarWind VSAN available for certain use cases. StarWind Virtual SAN for Hyper-V release notes are available here.

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