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StarWind Virtual SAN eliminates any need in physical shared storage by simply mirroring internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers.

Its solution use a hyperconverged approach to maintains high performance and data high availability on minimalistic resources (it’s build around a two nodes architecture).

StarWind Virtual SAN delivers performance and reliability using commercial off-the-shelf hardware, removing the need for costly proprietary components.

Usually it’s a software based solution, but there is also an hardware appliance based solution: StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA).

StarWind HCA is a 100% software-defined hyperconverged platform built with Dell® OEM (PowerEdge servers) or StarWind-branded server platform. There’s a lot we offload from customer’s shoulders: picking the right hardware and software, migrating the applications, and integrating the HCA in your datacenter.

StarWind HCA provides businesses with a non-stop applications availability and unbeatable data security thanks to Hybrid Cloud support. Now, companies can flexibly migrate virtualized workloads between their on-premises environment and AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, and Oracle Cloud with zero downtime.

There are different options based on disks configuration.

All Flash: HCA All Flash packs most powerful compute and high-performance storage, granting uncompromised performance for IOPS-hungry applications. With different models with different size (1U or 2U) is possible to reach 23 TB of usable disk capacity (with the XL-AF 23 model).

Hybrid: HCA Hybrid provides balanced compute and capacity ratio for your applications. Tiered storage effectively addresses both capacity and performance requirements of your applications. With different models with different size (1U or 2U) is possible to reach 37.6 TB of usable disk capacity (with the XL-H 37.6 model).

Spinning disks: HCA Disk is designed for applications with moderate compute and high storage requirements. It can also be added as a capacity or DR node to the existing cluster. With different models with different size (1U or 2U) is possible to reach 48 TB of usable disk capacity (with the XL-48D model).

Hypbrid and Flash nodes can also have 2×25 GbE (RDMA-enabled) NIC cards.

See also: StarWind new product lines for StarWind Virtual SAN


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-20 and vExpert Pro. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-19. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.