Starwind has free version - Software Defined Storage for the HCI • StarWind Virtual SAN ® Free . It is managed only with PowerShell but can be monitored with GUI. And certainly, only community support.
We use starwind’s commercial version for cluster of 3 nodes – it just works. Updates comes...
That's basically how Starwind works. Since their Linux-based version does not support the "storage-separate" converged scenario, I have made V2P and run installed it bare-metal on two separate servers. From what I faced, the storage subsystem performs the same as being a passthrough to Starwind...
From what I have fount, 18TB should be assumed as a storage limit for a single node. 4x SSDs/HDDs are max drives per node.
Nutanix Community Edition! be warned: You are going to buy new lab gear!
Building a HCI Lab with Nutanix Community Edition
Being a ThinkPad fan, right no my main workstation is X1G2. However, its predecessor was X230. I think it satisfies your requirements, or make them most. It has/can have a decedent 9-cell battery, i5/i7 2nd gen CPU and two SSDs (mSATA and SATA). It has 2 USB3 ports, can have Bluetooth v4 card...
Actually, for single node you should use either Hardware or Software RAID. NAS and SAN are not about local redundancy. In my opinion h/w RAID preferred. Software RAID is defined by the OS you run on the node – for windows Storage Spaces, for Linux – mdadm or lvm. Running VM inside for single...
You can try StarWind VSAN as a solution for compute and storage scenario. StarWind present storage as iSCSI targets to the hypervisors. They have versions for Windows and for ESXi and provide the really good performance of HA storage. The free version is also available so you can do a test and...
Veeam is one of the best solutions for backups, I am using it for a while and when something going wrong it always working as expected.
I faced only a few issues with Veeam, but they support always was helpful and assist me.
It seems that I have missed the point here :)
Since you did performance tests for Open-E ZFS and StarWind and found that the latter is 2 times faster and you don't like Open-E, then just use StarWind! By the way, they also have Support, which can help you with cluster building ;)
Just FYI, I have got some performance issues with SSDs in RAID5 or parity Storage Spaces. Write performance was about 30 MB/s. Not sure what was reason, either disks or RAID controller, but please make sure that you are getting reasonable numbers after the deployment.
I found a similar thread with ASUS desktop and MSI motherboard issue. Here is the solutions from MSI:
MSI USA - Online Technical Support FAQ
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In any case, first of all, I would suggest contacting SM support.
It should work fine. Here is a link for the configuration steps: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/configure-a-resilient-volume-on-windows-server-2016-using-storage-spaces
The data moving between the tiers performs every 4 hours by the scheduled task.
I believe you are using iPerf for the tests... During the test, check the CPU core usage, it could be a bottleneck.
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