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StarWind iSCSI Target

StarWind StarWind Advantages: A Better SAN and Storage Alternative

StarWind helps you build a rock-solid, high-performance IP SAN that is affordable within any organization’s IT budget. Our IP SAN solution enables small- and mid-size companies benefit from enterprise-level solutions without the typical high costsof implementation and administration. 
  • Synchronous and Asynchronous Data Mirroring and Remote Replication. Enables
    volume/site failover and recovery for uninterrupted storage operations and 24/7 business continuity.
  • Auto Thin Provisioning:  no need to allocate storage capacity until it's needed. Allocates only as much space as is required for data being written on that volume without predicting future capacity need.
  • CDP/Snapshots - automatic or manual Microsoft VSS compatible (Volume Shadow Copy Services)  snapshots, volume cloning and incremental backups with unlimited number of rollback points.
  • Supports Shared Volumes for clustering servers. With StarWind it's possible to use an iSCSI volume as quorum disk for Microsoft Cluster.
  • StarWind integrates seamlessly with Microsoft Windows NTFS compression and encryption. SAN image files stored on NTFS partitions can be encrypted and compressed (without excessive access overhead).
  • StarWind fully supports iSCSI boot from SAN. This allows you to completely eliminate the need for dedicated hard disk drives installed on client machines.
  • StarWind is able to use Serial and Parallel ATA and SCSI, Fibre Channel, USB and FireWire storage hardware. Export an entire disk or a single file or partition on the hard disk as an iSCSI virtual disk.
  • Storage hardware (tape drives, automatic tape libraries, high-performance Blu-Ray and HD-DVD burners, DVD-ROM changers etc.) can be "networked" using StarWind.
  • Supports MPIO (Multi-Path I/O) through multiple sessions when using the Microsoft iSCSI Initiator.
  • I/O read and write caching using RAM as cache to improve throughput and response time.
  • Secure IPsec encryption for secure tunneling over WAN IP connections and CHAP authentication.

Recommended System Requirements

  •   Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 and 2003 (SP2)
  •   2 GHz Intel Xeon class processor
  •   3 GB of RAM
  •   10 GB of disk space for StarWind application data and log files
  •   1 Gigabit Ethernet or 10 Gigabit Ethernet connection


StarWind iSCSI Target has been a SAN storage solution of choice for small and midsize companies, governments, and Fortune 1000 clients in over 50 countries since 2003. 

  Best Practicies Guide

  Using with VMware Virtual Machines

  Using with Microsoft Cluster

  Implementation of enhanced data protection using StarWind snapshots

  Implementation of enhanced data protection using StarWind continuous data protection

  Diskless boot with netBoot/i

  Diskless boot with winBoot/i

  Using MetaSAN to share iSCSI volumes

  Using DataPlow SFS to share iSCSI volumes

  Ahead Nero Burning ROM and iSCSI CD/DVD/Blu-Ray/HD-DVD burner

  IP Security Policy Configuration

  Challenge-Handshake Authentication Protocol (CHAP)

  Using StarWind with VMware ESX Server

  Using StarWind with Microsoft Virtual Server

  Using StarWind and Symantec Backup Exec

  Using StarWind with MS Cluster on Windows Server 2008

  StarWind and Double-Take

  Configuring StarWind with a host bus adapter for iSCSI boot

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Media Coverage

Virtualization: From the Desktop to the Enterprise - Has multiple references to and usage samples of StarWind iSCSI Target.

How to Build an iSCSI Disk Array - "Byte and Switch" article references StarWind iSCSI Target.