StarWind Virtual SAN® FREE vs. PAID

Published: April 2017

StarWind Virtual SAN is a virtual shared storage eliminating any need for a SAN or NAS or other physical shared storage by “mirroring” local disks and flash between hypervisor servers to create a fault-tolerant shared storage pool.

This document compares free and commercial versions of StarWind Virtual SAN and shows the capabilities of both versions.

Unlike the other vendors' free offers, which are essentially cut and limited versions of the original, StarWind Virtual SAN Free is a full-fledged production storage platform delivering an unrestricted set of features: multi-tiered server side caching, scale-up and scale-out, Log-Structured File System with deduplication, and asynchronous replication.

StarWind Virtual SAN Free supports any deployment scenario including: “Compute and Storage Separated”, “Hyper-Converged”, and various combinations and provides multiprotocol support.

The free version provides access to StarWind Management Console for a period of 30 days after which it will be manageable using command line only.

StarWind Virtual SAN Free is shipped with a set of ready to use PowerShell scripts allowing users to quickly deploy the Virtual SAN infrastructure.

StarWind Virtual SAN Free use cases:

  • Shared storage for Microsoft Hyper-V VMs and SQL Server DBs
  • Shared storage for Microsoft Failover Clusters, Exchange, Oracle and SAP DBs
  • Shared storage for KVM, Citrix XenServer and Xen Project VMs
  • HA file server

StarWind VSAN paid version offers additional Enterprise features and StarWind support service. While the free version is only self-maintained, StarWind Virtual SAN commercial version comes with 24/7 support assisting with any issues.

StarWind Virtual SAN Paid use cases:

  • Shared storage for Microsoft Hyper-V VMs and SQL Server DBs
  • Shared storage for Microsoft Failover Clusters, Exchange, Oracle and SAP DBs
  • Shared storage for KVM, Citrix XenServer and Xen Project VMs
  • HA file server
  • Scalable backup storage

The commercial version is a complete “fire-and-forget” IT solution – pull the trigger, pay the bills and StarWind support engineers will perform initial PoC and production setup, help with hardware configuration and provide 24/7 support.

It is not recommended to use StarWind Virtual SAN Free as a Trial version, especially with future commercial use in mind, since there is no pre-sales support and in case any issue occurs, it will not be covered by StarWind support.

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To download the software products, please, make your choice below. An installer link and a license key will be sent to the e-mail address you’ve specified. If you consider StarWind Virtual SAN but are uncertain of the version, please check the following document Free vs. Paid. The recent build of Release Notes. A totally unrestricted NFR (Not For Resale) version of StarWind Virtual SAN is available for certain use cases. Learn more details here.

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