One of the best parts of VMworld is checking out the Solutions Exchange which is your one stop shop for just about any product or solution for your virtual environment. Vendors bring their best and brightest people to these events so its a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the many great products available for vSphere. I’d thought I’d highlight a few of these vendors in a series of posts that you will not want to miss seeing at VMworld, next up: StarWind Software
You may not be familiar with StarWind Software, but they’re a player in one of the hottest virtualization segments right now which is Software-defined Storage, aka Virtual SAN or Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA). StarWind released their Virtual SAN product in 2011 back when the SDS market was still relatively new with very few companies offering software only storage appliances. Today they offer their Virtual SAN product along with a Virtual Tape Library and a hyper-converged hardware offering with their Virtual SAN. StarWind also supports more than just VMware vSphere environments with additional support for both Citrix Xen Server and Microsoft Server (Hyper-V). In addition they support deployments as small as 2-nodes which is great for smaller companies and ROBOs. StarWind also offers a free version of their Virtual SAN that is limited to 2 nodes and is self-supported that is great for home labs.
You can check out StarWind while at VMworld by visiting booth #442, on Monday and Tuesday you will be able to participate in short sessions held by fellow vExpert, Mike Preston. Also don’t miss out on a chance to leave VMworld with a Sony PlayStation 4.