Why StarWind?

StarWind is a one-stop virtualization shop for all the “building blocks” required to construct a full-stack data center infrastructure. We are most certain that the way we combine scalability with simplicity allows our customers to build and scale their environments according to their needs and not according to a limited set of options they're typically offered. Following this way, StarWind promotes hyper-convergence without condemning the traditional compute and storage architecture, being able to provide the customers with turnkey solutions fitted for their specific cases.

Why hyperconvergence?

A traditional IT infrastructure typically has multiple independent components, often from different vendors. This causes 2 common issues: first, each component requires dedicated management tools. and second: some tinkering is always required to make all components run together smoothly.

These issues are partially solved by converged infrastructures (CI). Customer gets a set of separate compute, storage, and networking resources optimized for better interoperability. However, this approach doesn’t solve the administration complexity issues, requiring dedicated tools to manage different parts of the infrastructure. One more CI drawback is non-transparent scaling. Servers, storage, and networking equipment has to be scaled individually. Also, large amount of hardware leads to high CAPEX and OPEX.

Yet, all these issues are completely resolved by hyperconverged IT infrastructure approach. Hyperconverged infrastructures (HCI) consolidate compute, storage, and networking resources within a single “building block”. HCI completely resolves the management complexity problem by leaving the “separate components – separate management” approach behind. You simply manage your VMs or applications, instead of dealing with each component individually, while the infrastructure does the rest for you. Ultimately, hyperconvergence grants transparent scaling options, providing the ability not only to scale up by adding more drives, memory, or CPUs, but also to scale out by adding cluster nodes. Also, since there is less hardware to purchase and no proprietary hardware to maintain, CAPEX and OPEX become significantly lower.


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What is Software-Defined Storage?

Software-Defined Storage (SDS) is a design where software (instead of hardware) determines storage performance, availability, and resiliency. It provides standard x86 hardware with features that were previously available only in a SAN (i.e., deduplication, replication, snapshots, server-side caching, and log-structuring). With SDS, you can add new features through software updates, not hardware replacement.

With SDS, you can focus on applications you want to run, and all the infrastructure resources will be allocated automatically according to requirements you set. SDS saves both your time and effort since there is no more need to manage hypervisor, storage, and networking separately.

What is more, SDS makes it easier to build solutions that fit a job by allowing you to switch from proprietary to commodity components. Thus, you get a broader choice of components that are well proven and give you better flexibility. At the end of the day, you really get what you want and not what some vendor is forcing you to buy.


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Why do I need ProActive Support?

Have you ever been woken in the middle of the night by a sudden call from your boss asking to fix your IT environment “right now”? If that’s the case, you probably deal with the traditional support.

Standard support puts both troubleshooting and monitoring burden on your shoulders. This model implies constant monitoring your infrastructure to have it running smoothly. When a problem occurs, you can only submit support tickets and wait until the help arrives. In case of a complex issue, multiple vendors will get involved, often resulting in finger-pointing. Meanwhile, your IT infrastructure is still down or severely affected. Generally, this support type is reactive-only. You always fix the already broken infrastructure instead of preventing a failure.

That’s where StarWind ProActive Support knocks in. No more waiting for vendors analyze logs or point fingers at each other. Thanks to our advanced AI analytics, we can predict failures before they even occur. Thus, submitting tickets reactively becomes a thing of the past.

StarWind ProActive Support brings you peace of mind. It saves you from the endless infrastructure monitoring, allowing you to focus on your business instead.


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What you get?

StarWind is a one-stop virtualization shop and the only provider for full-stack datacenter infrastructure you need. StarWind products are extremely easy to use.
A typical system administrator would do the job without any special storage network (SAN/NAS) management skills.

StarWind provides all the necessary building blocks covered by ProActive Support and Analytics for true Software-Defined Datacenter with its ever-changing requirements during the lifecycle:
  • Software-Defined Storage (SDS)
  • Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI)
  • Storage appliances for primary and secondary (tier 2, 3, backup) purposes, Virtual Tape Library (VTL), etc.
  • Web Management Console to administrate StarWind infrastructure from any device anywhere in the world
StarWind products offer flexible hypervisor and OS-specific SDS choices to simplify multi-tenant configurations or during potential hypervisor switch:
  • Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere, Red Hat KVM, Citrix XenServer
  • Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) and VMware Virtual SAN (vSAN) support
  • StarWind Virtual SAN acting as a main or complementing Software-Defined Storage stack
StarWind stands behind its products and provides 24/7 support for all commercial versions, including pre-sale and post-sale:
  • Sizing, application, and data migration services included with every appliance
  • An unprecedented Premium Support plan that makes the customer’s cluster StarWind’s complete responsibility
  • StarWind ProActive Support to resolve issues before you even notice them
StarWind hardware products are the definition of “turnkey” and “plug-and-play” solutions, which only require a minimal effort from the user to run:
  • The appliances come pre-built, pre-configured, and pre-tested by StarWind engineering team
  • No specialized staff is required on the customer’s side to install and configure the appliances, everything is pre-configured to a point where you just need to plug in the power and network cables.
  • The Сustomer’s IT team doesn't have to sweat on solution design, components purchase, building, configuration, testing, etc., thus saving time and money
StarWind offers a variety of different management methods in order to maximize user convenience:
  • StarWind Management Console as a Windows application and a web-based tool
  • Command line (CLI) with PowerShell scripts, SMI-S (Storage Management Initiative Specification) plugin for Microsoft SCVMM (System Center Virtual Machine Manager) integration, VMware vCenter plugin, Swordfish
  • All third-party management tools are eligible for BYOL policy, so there is no overpayment
StarWind maintains Bring Your Own License (BYOL) and existing hardware repurposing policies for its hardware and software products accordingly:
  • Previously purchased software licenses can be reused both for StarWind and third-party software, so the customer doesn’t pay twice
  • StarWind software runs on COTS hardware and deploys on an existing setup that meets requirements, eliminating the need for any additional purchases
  • StarWind products don’t initiate a vendor lock-in and easily integrate into different infrastructures
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Where to go next?

StarWind HCA

For those who need to build a new virtualization infrastructure from scratch, our solution is StarWind HyperConverged Appliance – the all-in-one simple turn-key hyper-converged platform. It unifies commodity servers, disks and flash, hypervisor and Software-Defined Storage, and associated software into a single manageable layer.

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STARWIND STORAGE APPLIANCE

For those who have sufficient compute resources and need to scale storage capacity without breaking the bank, our solution is StarWind Storage Appliance – the turbocharged storage platform. It serves storage as a single namespace to multiple virtualization environments and easily handles unpredictable data growth.

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STARWIND VIRTUAL SAN

For those, who already have server hardware and need to build a datacenter infrastructure based on the existing setup, our solution is StarWind Virtual SAN – the versatile Software-Defined Storage. It eliminates the need in physical SAN or NAS by “mirroring” disks and flash between servers to create a resilient shared storage.

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To download the software products please make your choice below. An installer link and the license key will be sent to the e-mail address you specify. Please check the Free vs. Paid document if you are uncertain of the StarWind Virtual SAN version. A totally unrestricted NFR (Not For Resale) version of StarWind Virtual SAN is available for certain use cases. Learn more here. The Release Notes can be found here.

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