Burlington, MA (PressExposure) July 13, 2012 -- StarWind Software Inc., an innovative provider of storage virtualization software and VM backup technology, announced today that StarWind software allows eliminating a need in shared storage that is required for implementing Scale-Out File Servers (SOFS) and delivers high performance and data protection to Windows Server 2012 environment.
Windows Server 2012 is coming out with a vast set of new features and introduces support for server applications, such as Hyper-VÃ¢âÂ¢ and Microsoft SQL Server, which can store live data on Windows file shares. A new update drives a wholesale shift away from SANs' complexities to a simpler, NAS-like foundation.
The new Scale-Out File Server is an active/active file server cluster that is designed to provide scale-out file shares for file-based server application storage. Since the SOFS only supports storing application data on file shares, the new SMBv3.0 functionality provides continuous availability and transparent failover for those shares to the supported applications.
Implementing Scale-Out File Servers requires all the application data shares to be hosted on Cluster Shared Volumes v2 (CSVv2) and, therefore, it requires a shared storage to enable the access to share content through all the Scale-Out File Server nodes simultaneously. Shared storage can be composed of the clustered PCI RAID (on shared SAS JBOD), Fibre Channel/ iSCSI/ SAS fabric (on arrays). All of these technologies have one thing in common - they all require additional hardware and many deployment elements.
StarWind software runs on the same physical machines where the Scale-Out File Servers configuration is built and turns the existing DAS into highly available, flexible, and fault-tolerant SAN. Therefore, StarWind eliminates a need in additional hardware while increasing server utilization. It allows building an Active-Active High Availability (HA) storage architecture that ensures high reliability, great performance, and maximum uptime of the IT infrastructure. Moreover, StarWind is a cost-effective and affordable solution that is well suited for SMBs and cost-conscious businesses.
"Failover Clustering and Cluster Shared Volumes are the key foundational technologies for Scale-Out File Servers and they require a shared storage to eliminate a single point of failure," said Artem Berman, Chief Executive Officer of StarWind Software, Inc. "StarWind iSCSI SAN software provides highly available shared storage for Scale-Out File Server at an affordable price and delivers an ideal mix of performance, simplicity, and advanced data protection features."