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Introduction

StarWind VVols

VMware VVols is a new storage integration and management framework designed as an alternative storage architecture which makes management significantly easier and eliminates the legacy architecture drawbacks. In order to provide VMware users with finer control over their storage resources, StarWind has developed and integrated VMware Virtual Volumes support and vSphere API for Storage Awareness (VASA) in its solutions for virtualization environments.

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Problem

Problem of Traditional Storage Management Model

As the amount of data in modern IT infrastructures is growing every day, more and more efforts are needed to maintain and manage data storage. Additionally, the number of virtualized applications also increases, requiring the ability for granular storage performance and resiliency configuration for each virtual machine.

In the traditional datastore-centric VMware storage management model, administrators have to manually deploy numerous LUNs to provide virtualized applications storage with the necessary performance and resiliency levels. Furthermore, the excessive number of datastores makes their management highly complicated and significantly reduces the overall storage utilization efficiency.

Traditional storage provisioning model

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Solution

StarWind VVols Solution

VMware Virtual Volumes support in StarWind Products provides VMware administrators with the ability to manage their storage infrastructure in a simple, automated, and efficient manner. StarWind VVols allows providing virtual machines with fine-tuned policies based on pre-defined storage configurations with required performance and resiliency.

With the implementation of StarWind VVols, vSphere storage management becomes as simple as possible: in just a few clicks, you can setup Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze tiers, each configured for specific performance and resiliency requirements. With policy-based storage management, each application can be instantly placed on the best suitable storage.

Storage provisioning using VVOLs

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Conclusion

Manage Your Storage Simply with VVols Support by StarWind

StarWind VVols makes storage management and provisioning highly efficient, transparent and automated by presenting each virtual machine and its disks as an atomic manageable infrastructure unit. With the integration of vSphere storage management technologies, StarWind Appliances provide VMware administrators with full capabilities of enterprise storage management.

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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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