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Introduction

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 the hybrid cloud kicks in. It combines the best of two worlds, delivering better fault tolerance, scalability, and security.

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Problem

Problems of Connecting Private and Public Clouds

While the benefits of a public cloud are well proven, there are still some concerns about it's 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 the cloud without undermining the 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

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Solution

StarWind Hybrid Cloud Solution

To effectively solve these pains, StarWind delivers its Hybrid Cloud solution combining the 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 the 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

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Conclusion

Ensure Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery with Hybrid Cloud from StarWind

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

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What The World Says About Us

StarWind gets praise for its solution's high level of customization in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for HCI


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Success Stories

We were able to build 2-node storage clusters based on virtualization in 19 hypermarkets without any problems and with high cost-efficiency.

Vass Sandor, IT Infrastructure Leader

By being able to virtualize our environment with StarWind, we were able to retire some old hardware, get our services highly available, reduce power consumption and heat in our server closet.

David Gardner, Information Systems Manager

We are satisfied with StarWind. The support is really fantastic. Whenever any issue arises, the response is very prompt, and solution is immediate.

Srinivas Kouda, Company’s Representative

StarWind got us off the clustered environment, which was a big help. So, I could regain control of my storage and reclaim and redistribute the space we desperately needed.

Ryan Fulton, Company’s Representative

Price + Simplicity. StarWind VSAN offers great pricing and allows us to get work done without expensive custom hardware. It also makes getting back online quick and easy after an outage or hardware failure.

Aaron Hayes, IT Manager

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

Because of recommendations of older colleagues, with StarWind, we got a reliable storage with no additional hardware. There was a need to increase IT infrastructure performance and we saw StarWind as the most cost-effective solution.

Željko Medić, Director of IT Department

StarWind is the best storage product I have ever used! It satisfies and exceeds requirements.

Joe Gursky, Director of IT
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