StarWind VVols

Published: July 2017
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As the amount of data in modern IT infrastructures is growing, more and more efforts are needed to manage and maintain it, and since many applications became virtualized, the storage system architecture demands granular design to provide each VM with the required level of performance and resiliency.

In a common storage management model with VMware datastores, administrators have to manually deploy numerous LUNs to be able to choose an appropriate storage that meets the application performance needs. A large number of datastores created on top of the storage tiers complicates their management and affects the overall storage utilization efficiency.

In order to provide VMware administrators with seamless vSphere management experience, StarWind has integrated Virtual Volumes support into its products, allowing to provide the virtual machines with fine-tuned policies based on pre-defined storage with appropriate performance and resiliency characteristics. Thus, Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze VM policies can utilize respective storage tiers, for example, NVMe НА, SSD HA, and/or Hybrid HD with asynchronous replication and Archive HDDs with automated tiering to the cloud, allowing each application to be hosted on an appropriate storage with defined performance and availability.

Acting as the VASA provider, StarWind presents the physical storage as Virtual Volumes, turning virtual machine and its disks into an atomic manageable unit of the infrastructure. With VVols integration, StarWind makes storage management simple, efficient and automated.

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