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.

 

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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.

StarWind SAN V8 Beta 3 is available

StarWind software released StarWind SAN V8 Beta 3.

The software products uses local storage on servers running Windows Server to provide SAN features. It supports features like VMware HA, vMotion, Hyper-V Live Migration etc. It also does replication and deduplication and much more.

This is an interesting storage solution for small and midsized organisaties who do not have the budget for expensive SAN solutions.

This will be the last beta release. A release candidate is expected soon. The final release will probably made available second half of February 2014.

If you are using SAN V8 Beta 1 or Beta 2 you can update by installing Beta 3 over the existing installation.

New in this third beta:

LSFS device:
• Correct processing of device size parameters and usage of available storage of underlying disk.
• Fixed he issue which led to disk write errors (when certain amount of data was written on the device and device files multiplied).

Synchronous replication for LSFS device:
• Fixed snapshot management functionality: creation and deletion of snapshots now works correctly.
• Fixed the issue, where the state of HA node changed to “unsynchronized ” without any reason.

VSS providers:
• Hardware VSS provider is now available for LSF S devices and LSFS devices with synchronous replication.
• Software VSS Provider is now available for LSFS devices.

Asynchronous replication:
• Replication on very slow channels is now possible.
• Mounting of snapshot fixed.
• Replication algorithm fixed.
Minor fixes to the VAAI commands processing implemented.

Release notes are here.

Download the software here

StarWind Runner-Up in Storage, Virtualization, and Cloud Computing (SVC) Awards 2013

 StarWind Software Inc., a leading provider of software-defined storage solutions for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Hyper-V 2012 R2, today announced that the company has been named the first runner-up in two categories: Virtualization Management Product of the Year and Storage Virtualization Product of the Year at the SVC Awards 2013, the world’s most important IT awards. Recognized for its storage virtualization solution, StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS, the company demonstrates strong competitive advantages, proven technology, uniqueness and effectiveness in the virtualization and storage fields.

Since 2003, StarWind has pioneered the iSCSI SAN software industry and is the solution of choice for over 30,000 customers worldwide in more than 100 countries and from small and midsize companies to governments and Fortune 1000 companies.

For more information on StarWind Software Inc., visit: www.starwindsoftware.com

StarWind Software offers a 30% discount if you buy  any StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS edition orStarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V edition by the end of the year and get BIG discounts off list price!*

30% Discount Countdown to 2014!
Upgrade now!   Contact us and take advantage of our special offer now!

* The promo discount cannot be summarized with any other special offers and promotions. The promotional discounts do not apply to renewals, upgrades or Support Plans. Your discount will be that corresponding to the week you send us a Purchase Order. Countries that do NOT qualify for the promotion are: Russian Federation, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.