StarWind and Windows Server 2012 Scale-Out Servers
Thursday 12th there was a press release by StarWind stating “StarWind completely eliminates the need for shared storage when implementing Windows Server 2012 Scale-out file servers”. At first, while reading the title, I was a bit confused. Starwind itself offers shared storage solutions with it’s software. But after reading the article, it´s clear that the intention is to eliminate the implementation of hardware-based storage solutions.
As of Windows server 2012, it is possible to create “scale-out file servers“, which are clustered file servers that offer high availability for server application data. These so called “scale-out shares” provide the ability to share the same folder from multiple nodes in the same cluster.
For scale-out file servers to work, there is the need for a shared storage solution. Now, instead of purchasing a hardware storage solution you can also have a look at Starwind. Starwind offers an affordable solution, turning the same (the scale-out file server) physical machine into a highly available, flexible, and fault-tolerant SAN.
As with any storage solution, the business case will determine if an implementation of Windows scale-out file servers in combination with Starwind is the preferred solution or if a physical SAN solution is the way to go. The combination of scale-out servers with the Starwind software solution offers an affordable solution for SMB’s and cost-conscious businesses and certainly earns the right to be looked at when preparing such a business case.
- Webinar: How to build Microsoft Scale-Out File Server by Sander Martijn
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- StarWind compared to VMware and Hyper-V by Sander Martijn
- Webinar: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk by Erik Scholten
- Webinar: Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster by Sander Martijn