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Introduction

vCenter Plugin

Operating a VMware vSphere IT environment can prove challenging, especially when working with non-native Software-Defined Storage (SDS) solutions. This usually forces IT administrators to waste large amounts of time and effort shuffling through multiple UIs, each pertaining to a separate function. Thankfully, StarWind offers solutions that seamlessly integrate with a vSphere environment, providing all the required configuration and monitoring functionality without having to use multiple tools.

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Problem

Problem

More often than not, companies will try to cut costs by using SDS solutions from companies other than VMware. This, in turn, results in administrators having to wiggle between the third-party SDS management tools and vSphere Web Client in order to integrate both solutions as much as possible, which frequently creates more complexity than convenience.

For example, to create and configure storage pools, virtual disks, and network shares within a VMware environment, administrators would usually have to switch between the third-party web UI and vSphere Web Client to manually create VMFS and NFS datastores on top of the third-party SDS iSCSI LUNs and NFS3/4.1 shares from vSphere Web Client. Wasted costs, effort, and time.

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Solution

Solution

In order to provide VMware ecosystem administrators with a seamless user experience when working with StarWind SAN & NAS, we designed a vCenter Plugin. It unlocks the ability to configure and monitor your StarWind SAN & NAS appliance from the web UI you already have and are used to, which is VMware vSphere Web Client.

StarWind vCenter Plugin allows managing StarWind-based infrastructure from the single window of vSphere Web Client. The plugin can be installed with First Run Wizard or anytime later from StarWind SAN & NAS web UI. After the plugin is installed and registered with vCenter Server, it integrates StarWind SAN & NAS web UI into vSphere Web Client. You’ll be able to manage and monitor your current storage configuration and modify its settings without having to split these tasks among several tools.

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Conclusion

Conclusion

StarWind is synonymous with elevated user experience that is achieved through simplified daily administration routine and minimized resources utilization. Our vCenter Plugin extends the StarWind SAN & NAS functionality by allowing you to manage and monitor your StarWind-based storage appliance, including the creation of VMFS and NFS datastores, automatically from the plugin page for registered appliances in your VMware vCenter.

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What The World Says About Us

StarWind included as Niche Player for the third consecutive time in 2020 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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