StarWind Software

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StarWind Software Inc.
Industry Computer software
Founded 2008
Headquarters Middleton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Key people
Anton Kolomyeytsev (CEO)
Products iSCSI Target
De-duplication Engine
Virtual tape library Appliance
Hyperconverged Appliance
Storage Appliance
FCoE Initiator
iSCSI Initiator
ATA-over-Ethernet Initiator

StarWind Software, Inc. is a computer software company specializing in storage virtualization and building iSCSI, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), ATA-over-Ethernet (AoE) SAN, and NFS and SMB3 NAS as well using commodity hardware.[1] StarWind started offering combined software-hardware product called "HyperConverged Appliance"[2] which is aggregation of Dell and SuperMicro servers,[3][4] hypervisor from Microsoft and VMware, StarWind own storage virtualization software[5][6] doing DRAM and flash caching, tiering and log-structuring for performance increase reasons,[7] Veeam Software VM backup and replication, VM management and so on,[8] essentially a "private-cloud-in-a-box".[9][10]


StarWind Software is a privately held company which began in 2008 as a spin-off from Rocket Division Software, Ltd. (founded in 2003), with a round A of investment from ABRT Venture.[11] It started providing early adopters with initially free Software Defined Storage offerings in 2009 [12][13] and doing this up to now.[14][15]In mid-April 2014 StarWind Software closed round B of investment from Almaz Capital and AVentures Capital.[16][17] StarWind is headquartered in Middleton, Massachusetts, United States. StarWind iSCSI SAN software had reviews[18] such as ZDNet,[19] OpenBench Labs,[20] AnandTech,[21] TechRepublic,[22][23] and Microsoft TechNet.[24] In 2013 Western Digital had OEM-ed StarWind iSCSI engine for their WD Sentinel DX4000 and RX4100 lines of NAS appliances.[25] In April 2016 StarWind Software was selected by Gartner as one of the "Cool Vendors for Compute Platforms" for year of 2016.[26]


  1. ^ Steve McMurray. "How To Break Free From Tier 1 SAN Vendors". InformationWeek. 
  2. ^ Jon William Toigo. "Hyperconvergence: Hype and Promise". Virtualization Review. 
  3. ^ Paul Ferrill. "Super Micro SuperServer Delivers the Power". ServerWatch. 
  4. ^ Chris Mellor. "Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this". The Register. 
  5. ^ Jasmine McTigue. "DIY Storage: Picking the Right SAN Software". Network Computing. 
  6. ^ Howard Marks. "Defining Software-Defined Storage". Network Computing. 
  7. ^ Jon William Toigo. "The struggle between virtual machine performance and storage". TechTarget. 
  8. ^ Jon William Toigo. "Software-defined storage vendors team, fate uncertain". TechTarget. 
  9. ^ Paul Schnackenburg. "My Own Private Cloud". Virtualization Review. 
  10. ^ Trevor Pott. "SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time". The Register. 
  11. ^ Adrien Henni. "Far from politics, Russian money still fuels US startups". East-West Digital News. 
  12. ^ David Marshall. "StarWind provides two free virtualization solutions". InfoWorld. 
  13. ^ Dave Simpson. "StarWind offers free iSCSI software". InfoWorld. 
  14. ^ Rod Trent. "Converting Hyper-V VMs to VMware". Windows IT Pro. 
  15. ^ Greg Schulz. "DIY converged server software defined storage on a budget". Data Center Journal. 
  16. ^ "StarWind Secures Funding for Hyper-V Software-Defined Storage Development". TheVARGuy. 
  17. ^ Padraig Belton. "Tech sector leading Ukraine's pro-European revival". BBC News. 
  18. ^ Chris Wolf. "iSCSI on the Cheap". Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine. 
  19. ^ Dan Kusnetzky. "StarWind Software claims 'Zero to SAN in 30 Minutes'". ZDNet. 
  20. ^ Jack Fegreus. "How to jumpstart SAN + LAN convergence". InfoStor. 
  21. ^ Johan De Gelas. "Affordable storage for the SME". AnandTech. 
  22. ^ Brad Bird. "Building a robust test-lab at home with virtualization". TechRepublic. 
  23. ^ Rick Vanover. "Network-based storage options for robust home labs". TechRepublic. 
  24. ^ Greg Steen. "Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals.". Microsoft TechNet. 
  25. ^ Trevor Pott. "Western Digital Sentinel DX4000". The Register. 
  26. ^ "Cool Vendors for Compute Platforms, 2016". Gartner. 

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