StarWind Virtual SAN® Hybrid Cloud [for Azure]

StarWind Virtual SAN® Hybrid Cloud [for Azure]

Cloud storage gains pace with more and more businesses considering moving from the safety of a private cloud for the sake of higher cost efficiency of a public cloud. A private cloud, also known as servers in your basement, ensures flexibility, but what is more important – security, since it is maintained on a private network with hardware and software dedicated exclusively to one organization. On the other hand, a public cloud ensures greater scalability, cost efficiency, and reliability. That’s where a hybrid cloud kicks in. It combines best of two worlds, delivering better fault tolerance, scalability, and security.

Problems of Connecting Private and Public Clouds

While the benefits of a public cloud are well proven, there are still some concerns about its security, management simplicity, and availability. These issues make businesses search for a way to connect their on-premises and cloud resources into a unified environment, which also poses certain challenges. Production and development resources should be somehow distributed across a cloud without undermining organization’s security policies. While Azure, a public cloud introduced by Microsoft, provides its own management instrument, IT engineers are looking for tools they are familiar with, such as Hyper-V, SCVMM or StarWind Manager. Furthermore, since a hybrid cloud can be used for disaster recovery, the public cloud should be able to handle data transfer and fault-tolerance when an on-premises disaster happens.

CapEx vs OpEx: Maintaining the right balance

StarWind Hybrid Cloud Solution

To effectively solve these pains, StarWind delivers its Hybrid Cloud solution combining best of both private and public clouds. StarWind Virtual SAN provides businesses with scalability and cost-efficiency for their data while maintaining security requirements. We do this by combining a well-known Hyper-V ecosystem on top of servers in your basement with Azure VMs. Furthermore, StarWind utilizes the Azure as the Disaster Recovery site, allowing organizations to meet the required RTO and RPO. This is achieved by distributing highly available shared storage by means of mirroring the data between the clouds. What is more, StarWind Hybrid Cloud can be deployed in no time and is administrated using such familiar and convenient tools as StarWind Manager, Hyper-V, and SCVMM.

StarWind Hybrid Cloud: Solution Diagram

Ensure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery with Hybrid Cloud Solution from StarWind

StarWind Hybrid Cloud provides businesses that are willing to balance their workloads between private and public clouds with best of both worlds. It easily integrates into the existing infrastructure and extends Hyper-V ecosystem to the public cloud. StarWind features highly available shared storage between private and public clouds, ensuring Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery for optimal RTPO while featuring low entry cost.

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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