StarWind Virtual SAN is fully software-based virtual machine storage, creating fault-tolerant and high-performing storage pool built for the virtualization workload. StarWind Virtual SAN “mirrors” inexpensive internal storage between hosts and eliminates the need for an expensive SAN, NAS, or other physical shared storage.
Cost of ownership is cut by at least half as StarWind Virtual SAN eliminates the actual physical shared storage, deployment and maintenance costs and simplicity is a key feature, and performance is enhanced significantly to the server-side flash and memory caches, log structuring and minimalises I/O path.
Virtual Tape Library (VTL)
Tape storage is a far more affordable storage capacity for long-term vaulting capabilities that can last for decades, and complies with best practice standards that organizations are required to adhere to.
Backup time doesn’t fit the backup window since the amount of data that needs to be backed up increases exponentially all the time. This is the main concern that traditional tape backup solutions have in common. Snapshots are taken when the system is under a light workload. Therefore if the backup time is longer than the backup window, the backup processes overlap with production workload, which results in high risk for loss of data.
StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) converts the inexpensive, high capacity SATA drives into virtual tapes, emulating real existing tape hardware so that the Backup window is reduced, since VTL is utilizing the hard disks, which are faster comparing to traditional physical tapes. As the result the backups are taking less time and fitting the backup windows, so there’s no risk of backup process to overlap with the production processes. As a result, the performance of the production system is stable. The possibility of the backup process being interrupted is decreased, thus the backup will not be corrupted or lost.
Using StarWind VTL brings beneficial side-effects:
Implementation of Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape (D2D2T) backup strategy which is 1 more in comparison with D2T strategy;
Implementing of Disk-to-Disk (D2D) backup strategy by preserving the existing current infrastructure resulting in no need to get rid of existing tape backup infrastructure since StarWind seamlessly integrates it into any running infrastructure by migrating from D2T to D2D2T backup strategy.
Glboal Synapse Technologies uses StarWind VTL to seamlessly integrate into existing infrastructure ensuring the backup process fits the backup window creating an additional snapshot copy which complies with regulatory requirements, and decreases backup costs while maintaining performance of the system stability by increasing the speed of the backup process.