What Is
VMware vSAN?

VMware vSAN is an enterprise-class software, which is included under the vSphere umbrella, that clusters server disks in order to build a simple shared storage specifically designed for VMs. The solution helps automate storage provisioning, as well as management of virtualized storage cluster in a self-tuning VM-centric way. Read/write SSD caching enables scaling out on your architecture, and multi-cloud capabilities ensure consistency of operations.

VMware vSAN Licensing

There are several issues to consider regarding VMware vSAN license. There are four licensing packages for customer consideration: Standard, Advanced, Enterprise, and Enterprise Plus. The features available for elevated virtual shared storage utilization and performance elevation vary significantly among these packages. Standard will only tie the cluster into a single hybrid cloud storage pool.

VMware virtual SAN has strict hardware compatibility requirements and performance limitations. It’s possible to have its features function to the fullest only with certified VMware vSAN ReadyNodes. The list of hardware that is compatible with the solution is also quite narrow. Considering this, any type of workload runs on the vSAN cluster with per CPU vSAN licensing.

VMware vSAN and
StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN)

VMware vSAN

  • Form Heavy-duty software
  • Licensing Requires three nodes and gets installed on HCL-appropriate units / License per CPU
  • Hardware
    Compatibility Lists
    Strict HCLs, works only with vSphere
  • Feature Tiers and
    Higher-tier license packages unlock access to more sophisticated features
  • Monitoring and
    Built-in CLI (VMware vCenter is purchased separately)
  • Flexibility Scaling out is possible only within HCL

StarWind Virtual SAN

  • Lightweight Linux-based VM
  • Requires 2 nodes / Installs on the existing cluster
    nodes — single universal license, SaaS model
  • Hardware-agnostic, can be installed in any infrastructure,
    works with any hypervisor configuration
  • No socket-derived licensing, no restrictions on features or
    capacity limitations
  • Unified console included
  • Scalability is available up or out regardless of
    the type of proprietary components

VMware vSAN

StarWind Virtual SAN

Heavy-duty software
Lightweight Linux-based VM
Requires three nodes, gets installed on HCL-permitted units, license per CPU
Requires 2 nodes, installs on the existing cluster nodes, clear per-node licensing
Strict hardware compatibility lists, works only with vSphere
Can be installed in any hardware, works with any hypervisor
Higher-tier license packages unlock access to more sophisticated features
No socket-derived licensing, no restrictions on features or capacity limitations
Built-in CLI (VMware vCenter is purchased separately)
Unified monitoring and management console included
Scaling out is possible only within HCLs
Scalability (up or out) regardless of hardware type

StarWind VSAN?

StarWind Virtual SAN is a lightweight Linux-based VM that has been created explicitly to lower the TCO for ROBO & Edge. By using it, they can experience dramatic and visible elevation in how much they can get out of seemingly limited IT resources. It’s an SDS that delivers high availability by mirroring internal hard disk and flash between hypervisor servers, creating a single fault-tolerant storage pool for seemless infrastructure performance. Any virtualization admin will be able to easily deploy, configure, monitor, and manage StarWind VSAN thanks to its user-friendliness. However, StarWind support engineers will swiftly respond to any help queries that may arise.


StarWind VSAN merges your entire cluster (vSphere + any other hypervisor or non-hypervisor-managed) into a unified fault-tolerant storage pool. It is there to make you utilize all of the available IT resources to the fullest, enabling the maximum out of your underlying storage capacity, tying it with private/public clouds. All of your partitions, applications, and other workloads will be available and secure at all times.

at Its Finest

StarWind VSAN is a VM that serves as a robust virtual storage pool. After you’ve installed it on any of your clusters, your entire cluster becomes highly available and fault-tolerant even if any disasters occur. There are no tricks: you buy a single solution that is integrable with any infrastructure compilation. The main idea is to bring enterprise-level SDS features to businesses of any size and budgets.


StarWind VSAN offers unlimited scalability — up and out — with as many and diverse proprietary components as you need. In-line deduplication and compression provide maximum storage optimization and speed thanks to HA. You can upgrade or change your infrastructure compilation without any downtime at all. Data resiliency with the required Software RAID is assured.

Simple to use
and Cost-Efficient

Customers pay a flat fee to receive all StarWind VSAN features without any feature/socket/capacity restrictions. Licenses vary only by capacity. StarWind VSAN fits into any hardware/software configuration. It ensures constant uptime regardless of whether you’re all-flash or not. You don’t have to buy any additional GUI or sift through CLI since StarWind VSAN comes with a neat unified console. TCO is significantly decreased, so you can focus your fincances on other improvements.

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.