Tuesday, October 13, 2009

StarWind - iSCSI Software Target

Today I'd like to tell you about iSCSI SAN solutions from the StarWind Company. The StarWind family consists of four products: StarWind Free Edition, StarWind Server, StarWind VTL and StarWind Enterprise Server.
StarWind Free Edition
The StarWind Free Edition is a free iSCSI Target software that turns any Windows server into SAN in less than 10 minutes and provides its customers with basic set of features that includes: iSCSI CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD emulation, iSCSI RAM disk emulation, I/O read and write caching, Compression and Encryption, CHAP user authentication and IPsec on-the-fly iSCSI network traffic encryption . The number of served physical or virtual Ethernet ports is limited to 1, number of served hard disk drives is limited to 2 (total target served capacity is limited to 2TB) and the number of supported CPUs or CPU cores – to 4.
StarWind Server
The StarWind Server is an advanced and reliable iSCSI Target software that converts any standard Windows Server into a scalable SAN that works over the existing Ethernet network. Its features include all the features of the StarWind Free Edition (plus SPTI mode support) and with no limitations on served physical disks (virtual Ethernet ports) number and served hard disks number. The number of CPU and CPU cores as well as the total target served capacity is not limited by the StarWind Server.
StarWind VTL
StarWind VTL provides its users with an affordable and easy-to-use enterprise-level Virtual Tape Library solution that uses disks to perform fast and reliable tape backups. It comprises all the features of the StarWind Free Edition and the StarWind Server (but without SPTI mode support and iSCSI RAM/CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD emulation) and includes iSCSI VTL (Virtual Tape Library) emulation.
StarWind Enterprise Server
StarWind Enterprise Server is the most fully-functional software solution that will turn any Windows server into a scalable IP SAN. The solution has an extensive list of features: CDP & Snapshots, Synchronous Mirroring & Asynchronous Replication, Thin Provisioning, Software RAID1 (mirror) support, SPTI mode support and iSCSI RAM/ CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD emulation.


Juan October 20, 2009 at 11:04 AM  

I`m using it for a while. I`m pretty enjoying,i by it`s reliability and support.

Anonymous,  October 26, 2009 at 9:45 AM  

Great post!
As I know StarWind guys are going to release new version with High Availability and ACTIVE-ACTIVE Automated Failover. I think it`ll increase reliability of any shared storage.

Fred November 5, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

Yes, there is new version with counted features. Use the link to take a look

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