StarWind SA helps organisations with fixed compute platforms meet storage performance and capacity growth requirements by providing them with high-performance and simply scalable storage, fully covered by 24/7 support. StarWind Storage Appliance easily handles high-performance or unpredictable data growth. It serves storage as a single namespace to different environments via multiple uplink protocols: iSCSI, SMB3, NFS, including RDMA-capable iSER and SMB Direct.
Unlike storage vendors that ensure application vendors handle the workload, StarWind implements an open, software-modular design at storage controller level, taking care of data locality and offloading I/O from network and application servers. StarWind Storage Appliance is fully customisable and expandable and accepts third-party application modules as Windows services, containers or VMs on top of storage. Data mining, analytics or raw data processing applications run directly in the controller, skipping network switched fabric layer completely and dramatically improving performance.
Runs as a native hypervisor component or in VM, and it does not require any deep storage and network administration or UNIX management skills. A typical system administrator with minimal experience in Hyper-V, VMware or Windows can install, configure and maintain VSAN operations.
Cuts operational and capital expenditure costs at least in half. It eliminates the physical shared storage, infrastructure, associated deployment and maintenance activities. StarWind VSAN works on commodity hardware, so there’s not only less hardware to purchase and maintain, but also the required hardware is inexpensive.
Performance is uncompromised by the minimalistic hardware footprint, reduced deployment and management costs. Server-side flash and memory caches, log-structuring and an absolutely minimalistic I/O path. Performance is unmatched by either typical virtual appliances or physical shared storage.