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

Hyper-V VMs on NFS share? Why hasn’t anyone thought of that earlier? They did, in fact.

Some “wise guy” said he could store Hyper-V Virtual Machines on an NFS share. Sounds really convenient, but why didn’t anyone thought of that before? The problem is – they did, and they all failed. The abovementioned “wise guy” never actually told anyone how he managed to achieve that. Our curiosity outbalanced everything else, so here we are, trying to do what is thought to be impossible by everyone, but claimed to be real by one “hero”. We decided to try three different approaches – as many as there are, in fact. The first is just trying to create a … Continue reading Hyper-V VMs on NFS share? Why hasn’t anyone thought of that earlier? They did, in fact.