Software-Defined Storage: StarWind Virtual SAN vs Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs VMware Virtual SAN

The article provides comparison of three leading products of the Software-Defined Storage market: Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, VMware Virtual SAN and StarWind Virtual SAN. There are several use cases considered, based on the deployment scales and architectures. Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and VMware Virtual SAN are a perfect choice for bigger SMBs and entry-level enterprises because their licensing is reasonable for typical of these businesses infrastructure types. These solutions are not good with smaller SMBs and ROBOs, being too expensive and a performance overkill for them. The per-host licensing is too expensive for the hyperconverged environment of very big enterprises. Microsoft can … Continue reading Software-Defined Storage: StarWind Virtual SAN vs Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct vs VMware Virtual SAN

Soft Restart Feature – the Great Idea from Microsoft

Let’s talk about the term “chain reaction”. Some of you may think only an unskilled administrator allows this to happen and that normal Fault-Tolerant setups cannot crash. Well, those of you are obviously wrong. Accidents happen and in worst-case scenarios, with multiple servers going into unplanned downtime, even an esteemed IT guru can find his system dead. Remember – there is always a chance higher than zero, and as Murphy’s law states, if something bad can happen, it surely will. Microsoft came up with a nice idea, called “Soft Restart”, which is meant to shorten the time of the server’s … Continue reading Soft Restart Feature – the Great Idea from Microsoft