Name: StarWind Virtual SAN
Development Start: 2003
First Product Release: 2011
StarWind Software is a privately held company which started in 2008 as a spin-off from Rocket Division Software, Ltd. (founded in 2003). It initially provided free Software Defined Storage (SDS) offerings to early adopters in 2009. Sometime in 2011 the company released its product Native SAN (later rebranded to Virtual SAN). In 2015 StarWind executed a successful "pivot shift" from software-only company to become a hardware vendor and brought Hyper-Convergence from the Enterprise level to SMB and ROBO. Apart of HCA solutions, StarWind keeps focus on developing and improving its Virtual SAN solution. In 2018, StarWind released Virtual SAN for vSphere - an SDS solution specifically aimed at VMware vSphere environments.
In March 2020 the company had a StarWind Virtual SAN install base of more than 4,500 customers worldwide. In June 2019 there were more than 250 employees working for StarWind.