For virtualization admins, developers, and IT geeks, who look to build and manually maintain virtualization infrastructure for production purposes, POC (Proof of Concept), or test and development at no expense, our solution is StarWind Virtual SAN Free. It is a free Software-Defined Storage stack that eliminates the need in physical shared storage by “mirroring” local disks and flash between its servers to create a fault-tolerant storage pool.
Unlike most free software-defined storages, which are, essentially, cut and restricted versions of the original, StarWind Virtual SAN Free is completely unrestricted: it is allowed for production use, supports all usage scenarios of the commercial version, has a perpetual license, and is not feature- or functionality-limited version of StarWind VSAN.
Unlike StarWind Virtual SAN, which has multiple management methods, StarWind Virtual SAN Free is designed as a Command Line Interface oriented solution, supporting PowerShell scripts much like Microsoft S2D. All other management tools, like StarWind thin and thick clients, VMware vCenter through VASA-provider, and Microsoft SCVMM with SMI-S, are optional.
StarWind Virtual SAN Free requires no specialized skills like network or storage administration to install and run. A typical Windows admin with basic idea of how Microsoft PowerShell works will easily configure and maintain the normal operation. The free version is supported on the dedicated forum at the StarWind website, so any questions will eventually be answered.
StarWind Virtual SAN Free allows the user to build a virtualization infrastructure without paying a dime. It runs on commercial off-the-shelf hardware, so it will easily work with the existing setup. Basically, StarWind VSAN Free deploys a fully functioning production-allowed hyperconverged or dedicated SDS completely free of charge.
StarWind Virtual SAN Free provides Enterprise-class features, which are typically not included into free Software-Defined Storage. It inherits StarWind Virtual SAN high performance aptitude and small hardware footprint. The features include: server-side flash and memory caching, log-structuring, and an absolutely minimalistic I/O path.
StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance is a hardware-agnostic, easy-to-deploy shared storage solution specifically designed for VMware users. Coming as a Linux-based VM with StarWind Virtual SAN already installed and configured, StarWind VSA allows easily building a Highly Available 2-node VMware vSphere cluster with no need in an external witness node or Windows License.Learn more
StarWind Virtual SAN extends existing workloads to Azure public cloud, transforming the existing infrastructure into Hybrid Cloud. StarWind distributes highly available shared storage between the clouds, providing Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for optimal RTPO. The Hyper-V ecosystem is managed by such familiar and convenient orchestrators as StarWind Manager, Hyper-V, and SCVMM.Learn more
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.Learn more
StarWind Stretched Clustering provides organizations with constant applications uptime and uninterrupted business continuity. The Stretched Clustering support allows avoiding the production downtime due to Live Migration between the geographical locations. Moreover, the IT infrastructure resources are utilized by 100% thanks to active-active shared storage replication.Learn more
SMB3, an evolved version of SMB (Server Message Block) protocol, provides file-based access to applications data. Being designed to max out hardware utilization efficiency, StarWind implementation of SMB3 decreases CAPEX and simplifies Scale-Out File servers deployment.Learn more
NFS (Network File System) is a distributed system protocol providing users with the remote access to data over a shared network just if it was kept locally. StarWind implementation of NFS eliminates the need for dedicated shared storage, so CAPEX and OPEX become significantly lower. Also, it merges the storage and compute layers allowing the cluster to go well with only two nodes.Learn more
SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification) provides a simple and unified way to orchestrate the entire storage infrastructure. StarWind SMI-S provider, in its turn, delivers system and storage administrators the single “pane of glass” management over SCVMM and OpenStack. Thanks to SMI-S support, most operations can be performed from console and automated.Learn more
The “data locality” approach effectively maximizes the performance of the IT infrastructure by keeping compute and storage resources for every virtual machine on its physical node. This allows processing most of the I/O locally, eliminating the problem of slow data transfer through interconnect fabrics and providing lower latency.Learn more
StarWind Web-based Management provides system administrators with the ability to access and manage their StarWind infrastructure via HTML5 web console from any remote location. This functionality delivers the full control over the storage-related operations from a PC or Android, iOS or Windows mobile device.Learn more
The “grid architecture” allows building a highly fault-tolerant cluster by connecting a number of nodes together into a single grid. Such cluster topology provides a high rate of resiliency, allowing the cluster to stay operational even after multiple nodes failure while maintaining the principle of “data locality” for ultimate performance.Learn more
StarWind Virtual SAN implements VM and flash-friendly space reduction technologies such as in-line deduplication and compression. The result increases usable capacity of all-flash configurations, boosts I/O performance as more data can be pinpointed to virtually "bigger" de-duplicated caches. Also, it prolongs flash life reducing the amount of write operations.Learn more
StarWind Virtual SAN allows both Scale-Up and Scale-Out architectures. Capacity can be increased by simply throwing more capacity into the existing storage cluster node. Adding a new host with its own CPU, RAM and internal storage can scale storage capacity, I/O performance and VMs.Learn more
StarWind iSER completely eliminates the problem of network bottleneck by supplying higher bandwidth for block storage transfers. Further, it ensures the highest performance in the clustered systems by avoiding latency issues. Therefore, with StarWind iSER, VM migration, data and VM replication become faster and easier to perform.Learn more
StarWind Virtual SAN uses industry-standard uplink protocols, integrating with almost all virtual environments and technologies. It exposes: SMB3 with dialect features such as SMB Direct and SMB Multichannel, NFSv4.1 and iSCSI, VVols iSCSI, NVMe over Fabrics and iSER. As a result, StarWind VSAN can merge with any virtual environments.Learn more
The integration of VMware VVols support in StarWind products makes vSphere storage management highly efficient, simple and automated. StarWind VVols allows providing VMs with fine-tuned storage policies based on pre-defined storage configurations with required performance and resiliency characteristics.Learn more
Virtual SAN simply "mirrors" the actual storage and caches between the given numbers of hosts creating a fault-tolerant storage pool. It is completely up to the system administrator as to how many replicas of a particular VM or LUN are kept alive and how many active storage controllers a cluster should use.Learn more
As an extension of the hypervisor, provides both outstanding performance and unified administration using hypervisor-specific management tools. VSAN simply integrates and operates with all major virtualization platforms running on Hyper-V and Windows as a native application together with vSphere or Xen nested inside a VM. Non-virtualized clusters are also fully supported.Learn more
StarWind Virtual SAN also runs on a dedicated set of hosts in order to create a separated storage layer. The differentiation of compute and storage layers is optimum if there is need to grow by capacity only. Typical use cases are shared storage for huge clustered SQL Server, Oracle, SAP, NoSQL deployments and an inexpensive block back-end for Scale-Out File Servers.Learn more
Virtual SAN reduces I/O latency and eliminates network traffic to an absolute minimum by utilizing distributed RAM and flash-based caches. As a result, it improves performance and reliability without unnecessary cost. Caches are kept coherent between multiple hosts in order that a lightning-fast write-back policy is safe and achievable with commodity hardware.Learn more
StarWind Virtual SAN utilizes inexpensive commodity hardware. Our unique in-house developed software makes the most performance out of general-purpose x64 servers, MLC flash, spinning disks and Ethernet. VSAN also takes care of high-performance SAS, SLC and 3D NAND flash, as well as 10 and 25/50/100 GbE networking.Learn more
Virtual SAN ensures that the mission-critical business data is replicated to a disaster recovery site, following the "3-2-1 backup rule". Replication is implemented to be asynchronous, background, deduplication, and compression-aware, as well as snapshot-based. Additionally, StarWind VSAN supports asynchronous replication to private and public cloud such as Azure.Learn more
StarWind Automated Storage Tiering eliminates the need in manual intervention when assigning storage to applications since the data flow between tiers is fully automated. Moreover, companies don’t have to go all-flash as Automated Storage Tiering effectively matches workload-intensive applications with a high performing storage, so that no overprovisioning occurs.Learn more
Virtual Tape Library (VTL) is an optional included feature that eliminates the need for physical tape by retaining all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity drives, therefore dramatically reducing backup windows.Learn more
Virtual SAN provisions and manages storage with VM workloads in mind. General-purpose storage arrays are invariably the most appropriate candidates to serve hypervisors. VSAN uses Log-Structured File System and sophisticated caching in order to avoid random I/O to the full, but still without requiring cost all-flash storage.Learn more
StarWind Swordfish Plugin allows to easily manage, allocate and scale infrastructures based on StarWind Virtual SAN as well as setups with StarWind VSAN being part of a bigger storage infrastructure. Swordfish API comes as a part of VSAN installation, making StarWind deployment extra simple and eliminating the need to install additional software to manage the infrastructure.Learn more
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