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Software

Virtual SAN (VSAN)

StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) is a software that eliminates any need for physical shared storage by simply “mirroring” internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. It’s compatible with the hypervisor of your choice, be it Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere/ ESXi, Linux KVM, or Xen. StarWind VSAN is tailored for Enterprise remote offices and branch offices (ROBO), small and medium businesses (SMB) & Edge: true two-node scenario*, transparent licensing, and support brought to another level**. Gain 99.9999% uptime and full fault tolerance using your existing commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware right now.

*No witness is required
**ProActive Premium Support – health monitoring system that completely eliminates customer effort involved in identifying and troubleshooting an issue or even submitting a support case.

Price. Starwind care about customers’ ROI, which is why our software defined storage is a perfect fit for small deployment scenarios: flexible licensing: squeezes maximum IOPS out of existing hardware

Performance. Smart hardware utilisation is VSAN’s soul and purpose; customers get the chance to receive 100% of the IOPS their underlying hardware can provide, in both disk and flash scenarios.
Features. StarWind Virtual SAN is the one and only “fire and forget” software-defined storage solution; all features come prebuilt at no additional cost!  There is another thing worth paying for – StarWind ProActive Premium Support; we completely revolutionise the way support works.  That is achieved by completely eliminating customer effort involved in identifying and troubleshooting an issue or even submitting a support case.

Presently, the majority of hypervisors come with built-in software-defined storage solutions. We believe that there is a selection of customers that are underserved by that imposed standard offer.

Pricing

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Per-core licensing. Available only with Windows Server Datacenter license

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High initial pricing with licensing sold per CPU and socket

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Per-node licensing, with a special ROBO licensing plan (affordable) that depends on the quantity of locations that will have VSAN installed

Performance

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60% of raw perf. Solution built for disk initially

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15% of raw perf. HDD-oriented solution

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90% of raw perf. Built for fast SSD- and NVMe-driven environments
(link to our record)

Features

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All intended features are available

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Next-tier licenses unlock better features

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Grants access to all of the features from the get-go

Support

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Per-case. Available in the Enterprise agreement

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Per-case. Available on public forums. Enterprise agreement

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Includes 24/7/365 rapidly responsive support, and customers can opt for ProActive Premium Support for instant response and infrastructure “babysitting”

Management

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Complicated operation that requires highly educated and skilled staff

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Demands educated personnel to deploy and manage. Management tool is sold separately

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Can be easily managed your virtualisation admins who can monitor and operate everything via the built-in StarWind Management Console

01.

 

Skyrocket
with Two Nodes

 

Our solution has been specifically designed to bring enterprise-grade features to SMBs, which do not operate corporate budgets. StarWind VSAN requires no witnesses and brings all the promised benefits in a two-node scenario already. However, if the customer decides to grow their infrastructure, they can easily scale up and out even with this small configuration.

 

02.

 

Maintain and Scale
as You Go

 

Even in its standard edition, StarWind provides everything it promises within the outlined capacity limitation. After it’s installed in your cluster node and connected to another one in the cloud, it provides constant uptime even without switches or any other additional equipment. Thanks to mirroring of hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers, your environment also becomes ready for any disasters.

 

03.

 

Lose 50% of Nodes and Still
Experience No Downtime

 

StarWind VSAN doesn’t care for hardware compatibility lists and can be deployed on any commodity hardware that you already got. Its organically functioning feature set allows achieving even high availability at a minimum hardware footprint, leaving much room for flexible and smart budgeting. You gain a truly fault-tolerant virtual storage pool, which allows you to maintain or modify your infrastructure however you like while enjoying a perpetually smooth performance.

 

StarWind Virtual SAN is able to grant all the above-mentioned benefits thanks to a wide feature set.

You can find them in the list below, and all of them are immediately available with any StarWind VSAN edition that you purchase.

StarWind gets praise for its solution’s high level of customisation in the 2019 Magic Quadrant for HCI

Gartner

Synchronous Replication and High Availability

VSAN immediately copies data to the second
node over the network to ensure instant failover
for your mission-critical applications.

High-Performance iSCSI Stack

VSAN allows getting the most out of your underlying storage over iSCSI.

 

Responsive Support and Maintenance Mode

Includes rapidly responsive helpful 24/7/365 support and allows performing hardware maintenance on one of the nodes without any performance drops.