StarWind Software introduces 3 new releases including free versions of storage virtualization software
November 18, 2012 Leave a comment
StarWind Software has released three new releases of software in November,
Firstly they announced at November 25 the release of the VMware Backup Plug-in, a powerful backup solution for small and medium-sized businesses with growing data storage, backup, and recovery needs.
VMware Backup Plug-in is an agentless backup solution for easy and fast VM backup and recovery, developed specifically for VMware-based environments. It fully supports VMware vSphere 5.1, making StarWind one of the first vendors to support this new hypervisor platform.
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StarWind also announced the release of the new StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V V6 and improved Hyper-V Backup Plug-in.
The new version of StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V is enhanced with the three-node synchronous mirroring of HA storage cluster. The system provides real-time replication and simultaneously updates the three distributed copies of data. The new HA architecture ensures 99.9999% uptime, provides at least 50% higher performance compared to the 2-node configuration, intensifies redundancy, makes the storage resilient against failures, and greatly simplifies the maintenance. Henceforth, you can add high availability to StarWind virtual devices. It is possible to add high availability to the CDP-device, or export the entire physical disk as the HA device. Read more here.
The free editions of storage virtualization software offer an unlimited number of concurrent iSCSI connections and unlimited storage capacity for single-node device. The StarWind free editions with an HA device permit installation on two servers, but are limited in storage capacity to 128 GB. Hence, StarWind allows IT admins to simplify their life by enabling them to save the time and money of their respective organizations, as well as any customer to evaluate this advanced technology in testing labs, for personal use or education.
StarWind free editions offers a unique set of features, including Active-Active High Availability, Data Deduplication, CDP and Snapshots, Thin provisioning and high speed caching, etc. Such features as Asynchronous WAN-replication, SPTI and SAN/NAS cluster file share sharing are offered as paid upgrade options.
“Currently, StarWind is the only vendor offering iSCSI SAN software with the full set of advanced features at no cost,” said Artem Berman, Chief Executive Officer of StarWind Software. “We are making history in the storage industry, since every customer can now deploy StarWind free HA solutions designed for major hypervisor platforms without any hidden costs in order to evaluate the technology and view its benefits in operation.”
If you need a SAN with more storage capacity and extended functionality, you can easily upgrade the free editions to paid versions while preserving the settings and avoiding downtime simply by activating a purchased license key.
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