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StarWind HCA is a 100% software-defined hyperconverged platform built with Dell® OEM or StarWind-branded server platform.There’s a lot we offload from customer’s shoulders: picking the right hardware and software, and integrating the HyperConverged Appliance in your datacenter. Our engineering team does it all for you at no extra cost! It's also the only solution among other hyper converged appliances that offers true HA with just a single onsite node. The days when you had to chase support when something breaks are gone: HCA ProActive Premium Support monitors the cluster 24/7, predicts failures and reacts to them before things go South. Thereby, we minimize downtime and management efforts even further.


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  • Innotech Windows + Doors achieved high availability with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
    Before StarWind HyperConverged Appliance (HCA) deployment, Innotech Windows + Doors used to run its production on individual Windows Hyper-V servers. Such an IT infrastructure did not allow for load balancing and automatic failover if one of the productio
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  • Serenity Insurance achieved the required IT infrastructure redundancy with StarWind HyperConverged A
    Before StarWind HyperConverged Appliance deployment, Serenity Insurance was running its production on a single aging server. Obviously, such infrastructure could not ensure production high availability. StarWind HyperConverged Appliance was chosen due to
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  • Interface IT Solutions Group LTD creates a consolidated server architecture and increases IT infrast
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Tape backup
+1
Hypervisor
+2
Deduplication
+2
Multiuser
+1
Cloud connector
+1
Total Improvement
+7
 
  • General
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Overview
Name: HyperConverged Appliance (HCA)
Type: Hardware+Software (HCI)
Development Start: 2014
First Product Release: 2016
Maturity
Release Dates:
HCA build 13279: oct 2019
HCA build 13182: aug 2019
HCA build 12767: feb 2019
HCA build 12658: nov 2018
HCA build 12393: aug 2018
HCA build 12166: may 2018
HCA build 12146: apr 2018
HCA build 11818: dec 2017
HCA build 11456: aug 2017
HCA build 11404: jul 2017
HCA build 11156: may 2017
HCA build 10833: apr 2017
HCA build 10799: mar 2017
HCA build 10695: feb 2017
HCA build 10547: jan 2017
HCA build 9996: aug 2016
HCA build 9781: jun 2016
HCA build 9052: may 2016
HCA build 8730: nov 2015
Pricing
Hardware Pricing Model
Per Node
Software Pricing Model
Per Node (all-inclusive)
Support Pricing Model
Per Node (included)
 
  • Design & Deploy
Design
Consolidation Scope
Storage
Management
Network Topology
1, 10, 25, 40, 100 GbE
Overall Design Complexity
Medium
External Performance Validation
StorageReview (oct 2019)
Evaluation Methods
Community Edition (forever)
Trial (up to 30 days)
Proof-of-Concept
Deploy
Deployment Architecture
Single-Layer
Dual-Layer (secondary)
Deployment Method
Turnkey (very fast; highly automated)
 
  • Workload Support
Virtualization
Hypervisor Deployment
Virtual Storage Controller (vSphere)
User-Space (Hyper-V)
Hypervisor Compatibility
VMware vSphere ESXi 5.5U3-6.7
Microsoft Hyper-V 2012-2019
Hypervisor Interconnect
iSCSI
NFS
SMB3
Bare Metal
Bare Metal Compatibility
Microsoft Windows Server 2012/2012R2/2016/2019
Bare Metal Interconnect
iSCSI
Containers
Container Integration Type
N/A
Container Platform Compatibility
Docker CE 17.06.1+ for Linux on ESXi 6.0+
Docker EE/Docker for Windows 17.06+ on ESXi 6.0+
Container Platform Interconnect
Docker Volume Plugin (certified) + VMware VIB
Container Host Compatibility
Virtualized container hosts on VMware vSphere hypervisor
Container Host OS Compatbility
Linux
Windows 10 or 2016
Container Orch. Compatibility
Kubernetes 1.6.5+ on ESXi 6.0+
Container Orch. Interconnect
Kubernetes Volume Plugin
VDI
VDI Compatibility
VMware Horizon
Citrix XenDesktop
VDI Load Bearing
VMware: up to 260 virtual desktops/node
Citrix: up to 220 virtual desktops/node
 
  • Server Support
Server/Node
Hardware Vendor Choice
Super Micro (StarWind branded)
Dell (StarWind branded)
Dell (OEM)
HPE (Select)
Models
6 Native Models (L-AF, XL-AF, L-H, XL-H, L, XL)
20 Native Submodels
Density
1 node per chassis
Mixing Allowed
No
Components
CPU Config
Flexible
Memory Config
Flexible
Storage Config
Flexible: number of storage devices
Network Config
Fixed (Private network)
GPU Config
NVIDIA Tesla/Quadro
Scaling
Scale-up
CPU
Memory
Storage
GPU
Scale-out
Compute+storage
Compute-only
Storage-only
Scalability
2-64 nodes in 1-node increments
Small-scale (ROBO)
2 Node minimum
 
  • Storage Support
General
Layout
Block Storage Pool
Data Locality
Partial
Storage Type(s)
Direct-attached (Raw)
SAN or NAS
Composition
Magnetic-only
Hybrid (Flash+Magnetic)
All-Flash
Hypervisor OS Layer
SD, USB, DOM, SSD/HDD
Memory
Memory Layer
DRAM
Memory Purpose
Read/Write Cache
Memory Capacity
Configurable
Flash
Flash Layer
SSD, NVMe
Flash Purpose
Read/Write Cache (hybrid)
Persistent storage (all-flash)
Flash Capacity
All-Flash: 4-20+ devices per node
Hybrid: 2 devices per node
Magnetic
Magnetic Layer
Hybrid: SAS or SATA
Magnetic Purpose
Persistent Storage
Magnetic Capacity
Hybrid: 4+ devices per node
Magnetic-only: 4-12+ devices per node
 
  • Data Availability
Reads/Writes
Persistent Write Buffer
DRAM (mirrored)
Flash Layer (SSD, NVMe)
Disk Failure Protection
1-2 Replicas (2N-3N)
+ Hardware RAID (1, 5, 10)
Node Failure Protection
1-2 Replicas (2N-3N)
Block Failure Protection
Not relevant (1-node chassis only)
Rack Failure Protection
N/A
Protection Capacity Overhead
Replica (2N) + RAID1/10: 200%
Replica (2N) + RAID5: 125-133%
Replica (3N) + RAID1/10: 300%
Replica (3N) + RAID5: 225-233%
Data Corruption Detection
N/A (hardware dependent)
Points-in-Time
Snapshot Type
N/A
Snapshot Scope
N/A
Snapshot Frequency
N/A
Snapshot Granularity
N/A
Backup Type
External
Backup Scope
N/A
Backup Frequency
N/A
Backup Consistency
N/A
Restore Granularity
N/A
Restore Ease-of-use
N/A
Disaster Recovery
Remote Replication Type
Built-in (native; stretched clusters only)
External
Remote Replication Scope
VR: To remote sites, To VMware clouds
HR: To remote sites, to Microsoft Azure (not part of Windows Server 2019)
Remote Replication Cloud Function
VR: DR-site (VMware Clouds)
HR: DR-site (Azure)
Remote Replication Topologies
VR: Single-site and multi-site
HR: Single-site and chained
Remote Replication Frequency
VR: 5 minutes (Asynchronous)
HR: 30 seconds (Asynchronous)
SW: Continuous (Stretched Cluster)
Remote Replication Granularity
VR: VM
HR: VM
Consistency Groups
VR: No
HR: No
DR Orchestration
N/A
Stretched Cluster (SC)
vSphere: Yes
Hyper-V: Yes
SC Configuration
vSphere: 2+ sites = minimum of two active sites + optional tie-breaker in 3rd site
Hyper-V: 2+ sites = minimum of two active sites + optional tie-breaker in 3rd site
SC Distance
<=5ms RTT
SC Scaling
No set maximum number of nodes
SC Data Redundancy
Replicas: 0-3 Replicas at each active site
 
  • Data Services
Efficiency
Dedup/Compr. Engine
Software (integration; limited)
Dedup/Compr. Function
Efficiency (space savings)
Dedup/Compr. Process
Post-Processing
Dedup/Compr. Type
Optional
Dedup/Compr. Scope
Persistent data layer
Dedup/Compr. Radius
Volume
Dedup/Compr. Granularity
32-128 KB variable block size
Dedup/Compr. Guarantee
N/A
Data Rebalancing
Full (optional)
Data Tiering
Partial (integration; optional)
Performance
Task Offloading
vSphere: VMware VAAI-Block (full)
Hyper-V: Microsoft ODX; UNMAP/TRIM
QoS Type
N/A
QoS Granularity
N/A
Flash Pinning
N/A
Security
Data Encryption Type
N/A
Data Encryption Options
Hardware: Self-encrypting drives (SEDs)
Software: Microsoft BitLocker Drive Encryption; VMware Virtual machine Encryption
Data Encryption Scope
Hardware: Data-at-rest
Software: Data-at-rest
Data Encryption Compliance
Hardware: FIPS 140-2 Level 2 (SEDs)
Software: FIPS 140-2 Level 1 (BitLocker; VMware Virtual Machine Encryption)
Data Encryption Efficiency Impact
Hardware: No
Software: No (Bitlocker); No (VMware Virtual Machine Encryption)
Test/De...
Fast VM Cloning
No
Portabi...
Hypervisor Migration
Hyper-V to ESXi (external)
ESXi to Hyper-V (external)
File Services
Fileserver Type
Built-in (native)
Fileserver Compatibility
Windows clients
Linux clients
Fileserver Interconnect
SMB
NFS
Fileserver Quotas
Share Quotas, User Quotas
Fileserver Analytics
Partial
Object Services
Object Storage Type
N/A
Object Storage Protection
N/A
Object Storage LT Retention
N/A
 
  • Management
Interfaces
GUI Functionality
Centralized
GUI Scope
Single-site and Multi-site
GUI Perf. Monitoring
Advanced
GUI Integration
vSphere: Web Client (plugin)
Hyper-V: SCVMM 2016 (add-in)
Programmability
Policies
Partial (Protection)
API/Scripting
REST-APIs (through Swordfish)
PowerShell
Integration
N/A
Self Service
N/A
Maintenance
SW Composition
Partially Distributed
SW Upgrade Execution
Manual Upgrade (1-by-1)
FW Upgrade Execution
Manual Upgrade (1-by-1 )
Support
Single HW/SW Support
Yes
Call-Home Function
Yes
Predictive Analytics
Partial

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