StarWind iSCSI Target Server


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Product information

StarWind is an advanced, software-only iSCSI Target implementation for Microsoft Windows. StarWind enables anyone to quickly install and configure a complete IP SAN solution on commodity hardware allowing you to pick and choose the best components (cpu, network, cache, etc...) suitable for your environment without being locked in to the hardware provided by a vendor.

A software SAN solution allows you to have the best-of-breed hardware. It takes significant resources for a hardware SAN provider to write custom drivers and modules for each hardware component in the SAN, which means that the hardware often lags technological advances, sometimes by more than a year. Furthermore, upgrade paths for the hardware are virtually non-existent requiring you to purchase another SAN system from the same vendor.

In many cases, StarWind does not require you to buy new hardware because you can take advantage of your existing Ethernet and IP network infrastructure while leveraging server and storage resources that you already own. And if you do have to make any additional purchases, you only need a standard off-the-shelf hardware rather than the high priced of proprietary hardware or networking gear seen in traditional SANs, including Fibre Channel.

With StarWind, you decide when you want to upgrade the hardware and you decide which vendor is best for your environment. Because StarWind uses the drivers provided by the vendor for Windows, as long as the hardware has a Windows driver, it will work with StarWind! Building our technology on top of Windows not only allows us to support the widest range of hardware, but with the substantially improved driver stack, the performance of writing directly to the hardware vs writing through the stack is virtually insignificant. The bottleneck is no longer Windows and the drivers, but the speed of your physical network and the hardware.

Product Benefits

  • Eliminates the need for expensive, proprietary storage
  • Transforms any Windows server or any Virtual Machine itself into a SAN
  • Consolidate and Virtualize Storage and Servers
  • Leverage shared storage to optimize VMware and Hyper-V environments
  • Enhance Server Cluster environments with centralized storage
  • Efficient failover of SQL Server and Exchange environments
  • Improve Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Plans
  • Leverage Existing Network Infrastructure
  • Create Mirrored Fail-Safe Volumes
  • Automatic transparent failover
  • Failback capabilities with fast synchronisation
  • Support for SCSI persistent reservation commands
  • Replicate Mission Critical Data with both Synchronous and Asynchronous support
  • 3-node high availability with active nodes, 99.999% availability!
  • On-the-fly global data de-duplication technology
  • Support for thin provisioning
  • Support for CDP and snapshot generation
  • Support for up to 512TB of storage
  • Wire speed performance achieving over 1,000,000 IOPS!

Virtualisation Support

  • Hyper-v, VMWare and Citrix certified
  • Agentless Architecture
  • Backups stored in Hyper-V and VMware native formats (VHD, VMDK)
  • Global Deduplication
  • Single-click Backup
  • Sandbox mode

Potential uses

Project Uses Cases
  • Server Virtualization
  • Business Continuity
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Server Clustering
  • Shared Storage
  • VMware ESX and ESXi
  • MS Hyper-V Server
  • Citrix XenServer
  • MS SQL Server
  • MS Exchange Server
  • Commercial
  • Financial Services
  • Heathcare
  • Government
  • SMB

Starwind server

A Better SAN

Traditional proprietary SANs require substantial investments for new equipment, the facilities to house it, expensive networking gear to carry the data, and costly personnel training. But a new class of high-performance SANs requires none of these things. Introducing a more efficient and cost-effective IP SAN solution:  the iSCSI SAN from StarWind Software.

Enterprise-level performance at an affordable SMB price

StarWind StarWind puts high-performance, high-capacity SANs within the reach of any organization’s IT budget. Our IP SAN solution enables small- and medium-size companies to reap the benefits of enterprise-level solutions without the costs associated with their implementation and administration.  That’s the StarWind advantage.

Unlimited potential

While it’s reducing your total cost of data storage ownership, StarWind doesn’t skimp on performance, SAN services for storage provisioning or data protection. Microsoft VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Services) compatible dynamic volume snapshots and automatic incremental backups make disaster recovery and backup initiatives a breeze. All this and as many Terabytes as you want.


StarWind iSCSI Target is a powerful and reliable SAN for small and midsize businesses, governments and Fortune 1000 clients.

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To order your StarWind iSCSI Target or to get pricing for StarWind, please contact our sales team at