StarWind webinars on Hyper-V & on Software-Defined Storage Architecture

StarWind Software has two webinars planned:

  • New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers
  • Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

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New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers

Tuesday, September 16, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO

What is the trick to supporting growth for your Microsoft environment without breaking your budget, or causing performance problems? Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) is the Microsoft solution for enabling a flexible, scalable resilient data infrastructure supporting Windows, Hyper-V and SQL Server environments.
Attend this webinar with Greg Schulz, Founder of Server and StorageIO to learn how to scale with stability of Microsoft SOFS environments including:

  • Explore SOFS issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Scaling SOFS with flexibility and resiliency
  • Leverage RAM and flash SSD as a write-back cache
  • Server side PCIe, SAS and SATA storage options
  • Stretch your budget further using less hardware
  • Flexible networking with your server and storage
  • Boosting performance and increasing flash SSD life
  • Reduce your data footprint impact with deduplication

Link for registration: http://w.on24.com/r.htm?e=844957&s=1&k=A5630C9D2A97320C3C6BD7724D8E2A74&partnerref=starwind

The other webinar is:

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Live Webinar: Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

Tuesday, September 24, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International

Sifting through the marketing hype from VMware and Microsoft regarding their “server-side software-defined storage models” can be almost as challenging as understanding the underlying technical issues that software-defined storage seeks to solve. What is needed is a clear headed analysis of the storage challenges created by virtual server computing, the benefits and limitations of competing software-defined approaches to addressing them, and what alternatives exist that might provide highly available and scalable storage capacity in a business-savvy way.

In this webinar, storage expert Jon Toigo:

  • Provides a brief retrospective on the drivers of software-defined storage
  • Delivers a snapshot of the current approaches of the leading hypervisor vendors for delivering SDS architecture
  • Identifies the key requirements that have yet to be met

Special Offer: Attend the webinar and get a chance to win FREE 6-month NFR license key for StarWind Virtual SAN!

Link for registration: http://virtualizationreview.com/webcasts/2014/09/starwind-software-defined-storage-architecture.aspx?partnerref=sw5

 

Webinar: Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster Using Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server

 Webinar: Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster Using Free Microsoft Hyper-V  Server

 Tuesday, September 9, 2:00 pm ET / 11:00 am PT
 Featured Speakers: Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Join virtualization experts from 5nine Software and StarWind to learn how to create a cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster.
Discover best practices on how to:

  • Benefit from highly available Hyper-V failover cluster
  • Simplify the cluster and VM management using 5nine Manager for Hyper-V
  • Cut costs, increase resilience and minimize hardware footprint with StarWind Virtual SAN
  • Adopt the needs of your environment with easy scale up and scale out

Registration page: http://redmondmag.com/webcasts/2014/08/starwind-sep9.aspx?partnerref=starwind4

 

Win VMworld 2014 pass by attending webinar ‘Hardware agnostic Virtual SAN for VMware ESXi Free’

StarWind has a free webinar at August 7 / 2pm ET / 11am PT on Hardware agnostic Virtual SAN for VMware ESXi Free’

Unlock the full value of hardware agnostic, server-based storage for VMware ESXi Free environments with software defined storage management solutions.  Join this webinar to learn how to address cost, service, growth,  and flexibility challenges in a VMware environment.  We’ll teach how to remove complexity, use less hardware, and reduce both CapEx and OpEx.  This is all while enhancing flexibility, improving service and system resiliency, and delivering disaster recovery without compromise.

This webinar is ideal for any IT pro in a Small Medium Business (SMB) or Remote Office Branch Office (ROBO) of a larger organization along with managed service providers (Cloud, Internet and Web) that are using VMware in their solutions.

Join us to explore how to address challenges in VMware ESXi Free environments without busting your budget, breaking service levels, or adding complexity!

VMworld 2014 US Giveaway BONUS: Win a full conference pass or one of 5 expo passes to VMworld US 2014 by attending this webinar! (You must attend the entire webinar to be eligible; all 6 winners will be drawn at random at the end of the webinar).

Registration here. 

StarWind seminar on Virtual SAN for Hyper-V

 

Max Craft, Solution Engineer, StarWind Software, Inc.      LIVE WEBINAR on Thursday, May 15
10:00 AM EDT
FEATURED SPEAKER:
Max Craft
, Solution Engineer, StarWind Software, Inc.

Uptime is crucial for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Traditionally, it takes large investments to ensure uninterrupted workplace productivity.
Join StarWind’s FREE webinar to find out how our Virtual SAN for Hyper-V solves the uptime issue without breaking the bank:

  • Minimalistic Hardware Footprint. Only two hypervisor nodes are needed: no SAN, no NAS, no SAS JBOD, no voting third node, and no Ethernet switches. As there’s less hardware to buy and maintain, both CapEx and OpEx are reduced, resulting in improved ROI.
  • Simplicity. Neither advanced SAN management skills nor special training is required. StarWind’s Virtual SAN is a native Windows application that’s easy to setup and manage for any Hyper-V administrator.
  • Uncompromised Performance. A less expensive solution that brings even better performance.

 

Register for Webinar   Click here to register for this webinar

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This is a sponsored blogposting.

StarWind V8 Release Candidate Is Available Now!

StarWind Software released the Release Candidate of  StarWind V8. The functionality and architecture of this software is similar to VMware VSAN. It can be installed on both Hyper-V and ESXi and converts local storage to a distributed shared storage.

General availability is expected in Q2 2014

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Download the RC here.

It offers three products that share a common engine:

  • StarWind SAN – a unique system that allows you to create a high-performance and fault-tolerant shared storage on commodity hardware, saving $$$.
  • StarWind VSAN – a virtual SAN sharing a server with Hyper-V on parent partition. Convenient and as easy to manage as any Windows software.
  • StarWind VSA – a virtual storage appliance that merges with VMware and runs in a VM, making your system more efficient and convenient to use.

It is scalable to an unlimited number of nodes, optimized for flash as the primary storage, with its own LSFS and upgraded asynchronous replication.

StarWind SAN, the flagship product, runs on commodity servers’ hardware and converts them into high-performance, fault-tolerant SAN at a fraction of the cost and complexity associated with traditional SAN-based storage infrastructures. With its integrated VSA builder and scale-out architecture, StarWind SAN became the first solution running on Windows that creates clusters of multiple hypervisor hosts without separate physical shared storage (unlike SAS (JBOD), FC or iSCSI). With this release, StarWind supports the latest versions of both VMware and Microsoft platforms.

StarWind virtual SAN (VSAN) is a leading software defined storage for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0. The functionality and architecture of this software is similar to VMware VSAN. It runs inside parent partitions of hypervisor hosts and turns their directly attached storage (DAS) into fault-tolerant SAN. StarWind VSA follows the VMware VSA concept also, and operates inside a VM on the ESXi host, creating a fault-tolerant shared storage of the hypervisor resources.

StarWind V8 RC presents high-performance caching that allows affordable MLC SSDs to be used as level-2 flash cache and fast RAM to be used as level-1 cache. StarWind utilizes solid-state disks / flash cards as the primary storage with a dedicated flash-aware Log-Structured File System (LSFS).

Another major advantage over multiple virtual storage solutions is built-in asynchronous WAN-replication, which ensures effective disaster recovery. StarWind’s support of WAN-acceleration technologies also enables data replication over slow and cheap connections.

StarWind V8 RC includes a set of powerful experimental features including: LSFS, which eliminates the I/O blender effect; synchronous replication for clustered LSFS devices; and in-memory operation, which creates a HA cluster with one node running on RAM-disk.