StarWind VSAN eliminates any need in physical shared storage by simply mirroring internal hard disks and flash between hypervisor servers. It reduces virtualisation expenses (both capital and operational) by utilising hardware resources for the same workload.
StarWind VSAN maintains high performance and data high availability on minimalistic resources thanks to unique StarWind developed technologies. StarWind Virtual SAN delivers performance and reliability using commercial off-the-shelf hardware, removing the need for costly proprietary components.
StarWind VSAN is a great software-defined storage solution for your business. A simple but effective OS, its's sure to perform well on your CyberStore Storage Appliance.
Installation of StarWind VSAN is rather straightforward and can be completed in just a few minutes. If you would like to completely skip the installation process, our talented Broadberry engineers would be happy to complete the set up for you.
A big benefit of choosing StarWind VSAN is its simplicity. This operating system is really simple to use and does not require you to have any serious storage or network administration skills. With minimal experience in Hyper-V, Windows or VMware you will likely be able to install, configure and maintain this system without problems.
StarWind VSAN is a high performing OS that provides log structuring, a very minimalistic I/O path, server-side flash and memory caches. The level of performance that StarWind VSAN can reach is beyond the limits of most other storage server operating systems.
There are a variety of features that make this operating system so effective. One of those being its server-side cache. I/O latency is reduced and the majority of network traffic is cut down to the minimum through the utilisation of distributed RAM and flash-based caches.
Fault tolerance and high availability are two facets of StarWind VSAN. Fault-tolerant storage pools are created as the actual storage and caches are mirrored. The system administrator has complete control over how many replicas of a VM are kept. Even in dire situations where whole compute and storages hosts fail, the server's uptime is never compromised.
Both scale-up and scale-out architectures are adopted by StarWind Virtual SAN. You can increase the capacity by simply adding more spindles into the existing storage cluster node. Adding a new host that has its own CPU, RAM and internal storage can scale storage capacity and I/O performance.
Space reduction technologies such as in-line deduplication and compression are implemented by StarWind VSAN. The usable capacity of all-flash configurations is increased and I/O performance is boosted. Snapshots and automatic storage tiering are also implemented.
Your data is kept even safer through the added measure of asynchronous replication. Its an effective mechanism that ensures that the mission-critical data is replicated to a disaster recovery site. Should anything happen to your data, there will be backups and your system will be able to make a recovery.
Our revolutionary line of CyberStore Storage Appliances is at the forefront of the open hardware movement.
These storage servers possess a very rare feature that the majority of storage servers do not possess. The Broadberry CyberStore Storage Appliance is fully compatible with all major storage server software.
The vast majority of storage servers on the market only come with a single option of operating system software. If you want to use different software, you need to buy a new box. The Broadberry CyberStore Storage Appliance represents the storage server of the tomorrow, boasting unbelievable universal compatibility.
We never vendor lock, so not only do you have the freedom to run any major storage software you please but your new CyberStore Storage Appliance will also be compatible with 3rd party hardware. Most storage server providers limit your use of 3rd party hardware, often forcing you into purchasing from them or their associates. Which is often much more expensive than other options you can find from 3rd party suppliers. When you buy a box from us you won't have that problem. You are free to find the accessories that best fit your technical and financial requirements.
Over the past 3 decades Broadberry has built up a strong reputation of being one of the most cost effective and reliable storage server providers in this business. We differ from many other brands in this industry through our dedication to delivering the very best value possible to our customers. As a result of our consistent effort in providing the most high-quality service possible we have managed to attract some of the largest organisations on the planet. Our list of past clients includes Sky, Toyota, Disney, the BBC, Toshiba, Virgin, ESPN, SONY and many more.
Virtual SAN lessens I/O latency and cuts network traffic down to an absolute minimum through utilising flash-based caches and distributed RAM. This enhances performance and reliability without incurring unnecessary cost.
StarWind Virtual SAN implements VM and flash-friendly reduction technologies, like in-line deduplication and compression. This boosts I/O performance and prolongs flash life as the amount of write operations is reduced.
This feature kills the need for manual intervention whenever assigning storage to applications. This is because the data flow between tiers is complete automated.
Storage is provisioned and managed with virtual machine workloads in mind. General-purpose storage arrays are the most fitting choices to serve hypervisors. Log-Structured File System and sophisticated caching to avoid random I/O to the full.
By going for the data locality approach, you essentially maximise the performance of the IT infrastructure through keeping compute and storage resources for each virtual machine on its physical node. This is done as it allows processing a majority of the I/O locally, solving the problem of slow data transfer through interconnect fabrics and delivering lower latency.
StarWind Stretched Clustering provides you with constant uptime for applications and uninterrupted business continuity. Stretched Clustering support allows for the avoidance of production downtime caused by Live Migration between the different geographical locations. The IT infrastructure resources 100% utilised due to active-active shared storage replication.
Allowing for the building of a highly fault-tolerant cluster through connecting multiple nodes together into a single grid, the “grid architecture” significantly boosts resiliency. The cluster can remain operation even after the failure of multiple nodes. It can even continue providing the ultimate performance through the maintaining of the “data locality” principle.
Virtual SAN makes sure that mission-critical business data is replicated to a disaster recovery site. This replication is can be implemented to be asynchronous, deduplication, background, compression-aware and snapshot-based. StarWind VSAN also supports asynchronous replication to the cloud.
StarWind Virtual SAN can be utilised with both Scale-Up and Scale-Out architectures. Its capacity can be very easily increased, you simply add more capacity into the existing storage cluster node. You can add a new host with its own CPU, internal storage and RAM to scale capacity, virtual machines and I/O performance.
This features fully eliminates the issue of network bottleneck by supplying higher bandwidth for block storage transfers. It also ensures the highest performance in the clustered system via avoiding latency issues. With StarWind iSER, data and VM replication and VM migration become a lot quicker and simpler to perform.
Virtual SAN just “mirrors” the storage and caches between the given numbers of hosts creating a fault-tolerant storage pool. The system administrator has full reign as to how many replicas of a particular VM are kept alive, and how many active storage controllers a cluster should use.
With VMware VVols support in StarWind products makes vSphere storage management automated, simply and highly efficient. StarWind VVols allows providing VMs with fine-tuned storage policies that are based on pre-defined storage configuration with required statistics on performance and resiliency.
The Starwind Swordfish Plugin allows for the easy management, allocation and scaling of infrastructure based on StarWind Virtual SAN, as well as setups with StarWind VSAN being part of a wider storage infrastructure. As the Swordfish API is included as part of the initial VSAN installation, deployment is very simple. There doesn’t have to be any additional software installed in order to manage the infrastructure.
StarWind Proactive Support delivers an unprecedented level of data security and services availability to your business, and prevents failure before they can occur rather than having to deal with the consequences.
StarWind Virtual SAN extends currently existing workloads to Azure public, converting the existing infrastructure into Hybrid Cloud. It distributes highly available shared storage between the clouds. Delivering business continuity and disaster recovery.
A caching technology, Log-structured Write Cache is tailored for heavy virtualised workloads. Through effectively combining fast memory (such flash or RAM) and a very small portion of your storage, this feature essentially optimises the way data is written to the underlying storage. Due to this, every one of your applications always receive the resiliency and performance they require.
This feature provides system admins with the ability to access and manage their StarWind infrastructure through HTML5 web console, from any remote location.
An evolved version of SMB, SMB3 provides file-based access to applications data. The protocol stands for Server Message Block.
The NFS (Network File System) is a distributed system protocol presenting users with the remote access to data over a shared network.
SMI-S (which stands for Storage Management Initiative Specification) provides an easier and more unified way to orchestrate the complete storage infrastructure. With SMI-S support, the majority of operations can be done from console and automated.
StarWind Virtual SAN utilises industry-standard uplink protocols, integrated with close to all virtual environments and technologies. It exposes: SMB3 with dialect features like SMB Direct and SMB Multichannel, NVMe over Fabrics and iSER, NFSv4.1 and iSCSI, and VVols iSCSI. As a result of this, StarWind VSAN is capable of merging with any virtual environments.
Starwind VSAN integrates easily and is fully compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V.
Hyper-V is a virtualisation software that doesn’t only virtualise operating systems but can also virtual full hardware components such as hard drives and network switches. Hyper-V can also be used for server virtualisation.
With Hyper-V you can establish or expand a private cloud environment. You’ll be able to deliver IT servers with enhanced flexibility via moving to or expanding your usage of shared resources.
Hyper-V enables you to utilise your hardware much more efficiently. Workloads and servers can be consolidated onto fewer, more powerful physical computers so that there is less power and space needed.
With Hyper-V, you significantly reduce downtime and business continuity is improved.
Starwind VSAN is fully compatible with VMware.
VMware allows for faster recovery. In case of rare disaster occurrences, VMware virtualisation features allow for much faster recovery of IT resources. Which leads to significantly enhanced business continuity and revenue.
VMware virtualised environments were built for scalability and they allow for enhanced flexibility when it comes to organisational growth.
VMware virtualisation allows you to make significant savings in both cost and space. There is less IT infrastructure, technical personnel and energy needed.
With VMware, you improve your return on investment. The cost-effective nature of virtualisation and the enhanced disaster recovery speeds lead to a better bottom line for your business in the long run.
StarWind Stretched Clustering
The Broadberry CyberStore range of enterprise-grade storage servers are designed and built for a wide-range of storage applications.
Completely customisable from processing to storage type and capacity, to operating system - the CyberStore range is your go-to storage platform.
The CyberStore range of storage servers are used by the world's largest organisations from the BBC, to the CERN project, governement institutions, universities and much more.
Year-after-year, the Broadberry CyberStore range of unified storage appliances has beaten the likes of Dell and HPE to be crowned "Best Storage Appliance" by PC Pro magazine.
When compared to the likes of DELL, HPE, EMC etc, the Broadberry CyberStore range of enterprise-grade unified storage appliances is up to 60% cheaper, although using the same quality components such as Seagate drives and Kingston RAM.
The Bradberry CyberStore range has been built from industry-leading commodity hardware, and carefully designed to ensuure full compatibility with leading storage operating systems and database engines.
Broadberry enterprise storage appliances are on average 86% lower cost than EMC and 55% lower cost than DELL although built using the same leading-brand server components such as Intel processors and Samsung memory. HPE hard drives are rebadged Toshiba enterprise-class drives, the exact same models as found in Broadberry storage appliances.
When you buy a Broadberry storage appliance all drive bays are supplied with caddies - so if in 6 months time you decide to expand the storage you can source it freely from the marketplace or ourselves if you wish. The only way to add hard drives to HPE servers is to buy the drives along with caddies from HPE for 200% the price of Broadberry's price.
Broadberry storage appliances come with enterprise-grade features like IPMI included, whereas HPE charge large fees for perpetual licences for the same features.
Our website allows you to configure your server online with accurate prices, as opposed to NetApp who require several face-to-face meetings with them before they'll give you a price.
Over recent years there's been a massive move from the world's largest organisations such as Google to purchase their servers from the likes of Broadberry rather than DELL and HPE. This move is fuelled by the rise in commodity hardware.
Before leaving our UK workshop, all Broadberry server and storage solutions undergo a rigorous 48 hour testing procedure. This, along with the high-quality industry leading components we use ensure all of our server and storage solutions meet the strictest quality guidelines demanded from us.
Our main objective is to offer great value, high-quality server and storage solutions, we understand that every company has different requirements and as such are able to offer un-equaled flexibility in designing custom server and storage solutions to meet our clients' needs.
We have established ourselves as one of the biggest storage providers in the UK, and since 1989 supplied our server and storage solutions to the world's biggest brands. Our customers include: