StarWind Software

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StarWind Software Inc.
Industry Computer software
Founded 2008
Founder Artem Berman, Anton Kolomyeytsev
Headquarters Middleton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Products iSCSI Target
De-duplication Engine
Virtual tape library Appliance
Hyperconverged 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] Primary use case covered is VM, especially VDI,[2] Microsoft Exchange Server,[3] and Microsoft SQL Server [4] storage for Hyper-V,[5] VMware [6][7] and Xen,[8][9] and HA and DR scenarios.[10] Recently StarWind started offering combined software-hardware solution called "HyperConverged Appliance" [11][12] which is aggregation of Dell and SuperMicro servers,[13][14] hypervisor from Microsoft and VMware, StarWind own mature storage virtualization software [15][16][17][18] doing aggressive DRAM and flash caching, tiering and log-structuring for performance increase reasons,[19] Veeam Software VM backup and replication, VM management and so on.,[20] essentially a "private-cloud-in-a-box".[21][22]


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.[23] It started providing early adopters with initially free software offerings in 2009 [24][25] and doing this up to now.[26][27][28][29]

In mid-April 2014 StarWind Software closed round B of investment from Almaz Capital and AVentures Capital.[30][31][32][33][34] StarWind is headquartered in Middleton, Massachusetts, USA.

StarWind iSCSI SAN software had reviews [35] such as ZDNet,[36] OpenBench Labs,[37] AnandTech,[38] TechRepublic,[39][40] and Microsoft TechNet.[41] In 2009 StarWind Software won the Sprout Award from Everything Channel at XChange '09.[42]

In 2013 Western Digital had OEM-ed StarWind iSCSI engine for their WD Sentinel DX4000 and RX4100 lines of NAS appliances.[43]

In December 2013 StarWind Software nearly won both "Storage Virtualization Product of the Year" and "Virtualization Management Product of the Year" titles from SVC Awards with Emulex LightPulse Gen 5 Fibre Channel HBA by Emulex and Cisco UCS Director (formerly Cloupia) by Cisco products in front.[44]

Late 2014 StarWind Software was a runner up for "Storage Virtualization Product of the Year" with Zerto replication suite winning nomination.[45]

In September 2015 StarWind, IBM and FalconStor had one confirmed customer transfer from their solutions to DataCore.[46]

In 2015 StarWind was referenced as one of the rapidly growing hypercoverged companies together with Nutanix and SimpliVity.[47]

In 2015 StarWind Software was nominated and came to final for "Virtualization / Software Defined Storage Product of the Year".[48]


  1. ^ "How To Break Free From Tier 1 SAN Vendors". Steve McMurray @ InformationWeek. 
  2. ^ "Whatever Happened to the VDI Revolution?". Jon William Toigo @ Virtualization Review. 
  3. ^ "Exchange 2007 SP1 SCC using Server 2008 StarWind iSCSI ". Elan Shudnow @ ShudNow.NET. 
  4. ^ "Set Up a SQL Server 2008 Cluster". Denny Cherry @ SQL Server Pro. 
  5. ^ "Hyper-V Live Migration: A Step-by-Step Guide". Michael Otey @ Windows IT Pro. 
  6. ^ "Low-cost VMware shared storage options, decision factors". David Davis @ TechTarget. 
  7. ^ "Hyper-V vs. vSphere: Which One's Better for Your Private Cloud?". Paul Schnackenburg @ Virtualization Review. 
  8. ^ "Handling Virtual Storage Challenges". Drew Robb @ Enterprise Storage Forum. 
  9. ^ "Open Source Storage Options". Jimmy Ray Purser @ Network World. 
  10. ^ "Virtualisation and disaster recovery: DR features in Hyper-V". Chris Evans @ Computer Wheekly. 
  11. ^ "Hyper-converged infrastructure systems deliver storage in a bundle". Chris Evans @ TechTarget. 
  12. ^ "Hyperconvergence: Hype and Promise". Jon William Toigo @ Virtualization Review. 
  13. ^ "Super Micro SuperServer Delivers the Power". Paul Ferrill @ ServerWatch'. 
  14. ^ "Cisco doesn't make hyper-converged gear, but if it did, it'd probably look like this". Chris Mellor @ The Register. 
  15. ^ "Let... the SAN shine: 2013 – the year of virtual storage area networks". Trevor Pott @ The Register. 
  16. ^ "DIY Storage: Picking the Right SAN Software". Jasmine McTigue @ Network Computing. 
  17. ^ "Software-based replication techniques break hardware chains". Chris Evans @ TechTarget. 
  18. ^ "Defining Software-Defined Storage". Howard Marks @ Network Computing. 
  19. ^ "The struggle between virtual machine performance and storage". Jon William Toigo @ TechTarget. 
  20. ^ "Software-defined storage vendors team, fate uncertain". Jon William Toigo @ TechTarget. 
  21. ^ "My Own Private Cloud". Paul Schnackenburg @ Virtualization Review. 
  22. ^ "SME storage challengers emerge one feature at a time". Trevor Pott @ The Register. 
  23. ^ "Far from politics, Russian money still fuels US startups". Adrien Henni @ East-West Digital News. 
  24. ^ "StarWind provides two free virtualization solutions". David Marshall @ InfoWorld. 
  25. ^ "StarWind offers free iSCSI software". Dave Simpson @ InfoWorld. 
  26. ^ "Converting Hyper-V VMs to VMware". Rod Trent @ Windows IT Pro. 
  27. ^ "DIY converged server software defined storage on a budget". Greg Schulz @ Data Center Journal. 
  28. ^ "Windows Server 2012: Building a Two-Node Failover Cluster". Michael Otey @ Windows IT Pro. 
  29. ^ "How to perform a virtual desktop migration between Type 1 hypervisors". Mike Nelson @ TechTarget. 
  30. ^ "ABRT Venture Fund Portfolio". ABRT Venture Fund. 
  31. ^ "StarWind Secures Funding for Hyper-V Software-Defined Storage Development". TheVARGuy. 
  32. ^ "AVentures Capital Invests in Ukrainian Startups Augmented Pixels and StarWind". Natasha Starkell @ GoalEurope. 
  33. ^ "Boston Roundup: Consumer United, StarWind, ezCater, Threat Stack". Curt Woodward @ XConomy. 
  34. ^ "Tech sector leading Ukraine's pro-European revival". Padraig Belton @ BBC News. 
  35. ^ "iSCSI on the Cheap". Chris Wolf @ Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine. 
  36. ^ "StarWind Software claims "Zero to SAN in 30 Minutes"". Dan Kusnetzky @ ZDNet. 
  37. ^ "How to jumpstart SAN + LAN convergence". Jack Fegreus @ InfoStor. 
  38. ^ "Affordable storage for the SME". Johan De Gelas @ AnandTech. 
  39. ^ "Building a robust test-lab at home with virtualization". Brad Bird @ TechRepublic. 
  40. ^ "Network-based storage options for robust home labs". Rick Vanover @TechRepublic. 
  41. ^ "Toolbox: New Products for IT Professionals.". Greg Steen @ Microsoft TechNet. 
  42. ^ "8 Hot New Startups At XChange '09". CRN Staff @ CRN. 
  43. ^ "Western Digital Sentinel DX4000". Trevor Pott @ The Register'. 
  44. ^ "SVC Awards 2013 Winners and Runners Up". SVC Awards. 
  45. ^ "SVC Awards 2014 Winners and Runners Up". SVC Awards. 
  46. ^ "Bradford Grammar School". Antony Adshead @ Computer Weekly. 
  47. ^ "Storage an investment magnet as 2014 funding soars to $1.79bn". Simon Robinson @ Computer Weekly. 
  48. ^ "SVC Awards 2015 Short List". SVC Awards. 

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