Critical vSphere Applications: How to Create HA Shared Storage and Save Money

Date: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at 11:00 AM PT

Speakers: Greg Shields, Author Evangelist, Pluralsight

Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

There’s an old saying, “All roads lead to Rome,” that has special meaning with VMware vSphere. With virtualization, “All roads lead to storage.” You can build highly available/DRS clusters, failover clusters, redundant networking, and converged everything, but without 100% storage uptime, your entire virtual environment will fail.

This reliance on perfect storage can mean loads of expensive hardware. But is it possible to build up a highly available shared storage for vSphere with just two servers?

Join Greg Shields of Pluralsight and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software to learn how to create mission-critical shared storage for vSphere supporting RAM caching, log-structuring and data deduplication. Register today!

If your readers cannot attend the webinar, they can register to view the recorded version at their convenience.

Starwind News: In December we offer End-of-the-Year Hot Offers:

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Fighting the “I/O Blender” Effect in Virtual Environments

StarWind Software’s Weapon of Choice Is a Log Structured File System (LSFS)

Thursday, December 11, 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET

Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International

A side effect of the massive server workload consolidation enabled by hypervisor-based virtualization has been the addition of 7 to 16 I/O ports per machine to handle the I/O requirements of the hosted apps. But, before the data can be sent to and from storage devices, virtualization administrators often confront a more challenging problem that some have taken to calling the I/O Blender Effect. The I/O Blender effect is seen when multiple virtual machines send their I/O streams at the same time to a hypervisor for processing, increasing random accesses and increasing latency. Some software-defined storage (SDS) architectures are actually making the problem worse by caching raw small logical block writes using flash memory devices, leading to accelerated wear of the device and contributing virtually no improvement in storage I/O performance.

The solution isn’t bigger or faster flash memories, but rather a log-structured file system that better organizes, writes and enables a return to sequential accesses. Don’t look for log structuring technology (yet) in the SDS offerings of leading hypervisor vendors–it is still on their product roadmaps. To get it today, you need to look at SDS innovators like StarWind Software whose approach to virtual SAN enables small writes to coalesce before writing them to flash-based caches and that enables most read requests to be handled from the cache directly.

If you are considering software-defined storage, this is a webcast you don’t want to miss.

Special Offer: Attend the webinar and win a free NFR license of StarWind Virtual SAN!

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 Scale Up is History! Is Scale Out the Future for Storage?

Thursday, December 18, 2PM GMT

Chris M. Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

For many years, the dominant architecture for both compute and storage involved building bigger, faster “scale up” hardware as demand grew. However, efficient web scale companies like Google and Facebook have demonstrated there’s a place for scale-out architectures too.

Join us for a discussion on the difference in design and approach between scale up and scale out solutions, focusing on the benefits and disadvantages of each. The presentation will cover both storage and hyper-converged solutions, with a review of the products in the marketplace today, including leading vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

Sign up for this webinar to learn:

  • What are scale out solutions?
  • Differences and benefits of scale out vs traditional scale up solutions
  • Challenges in delivering scale out architectures
  • How scale out helps deliver hyper-converged compute and storage solutions
  • How to decide whether scale out or scale up is right for you
  • Vendor roundup – scale out hardware and software offerings in the marketplace today

Register here:



Building The Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster on Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server – Practice

Wednesday, December 3, 11 am ET / 4 pm GMT

Featured Speakers:Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Experts from 5nine Software and StarWind Software proceed with their break-out session on the creation of cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster. Join them to continue receiving the essential insight.

webinar Dec3If you haven’t seen the first webinar – be sure to check it out right here (


Live Webinar: How to build Microsoft Scale-Out File Server without SAS JBODs

Thursday, December 9, 9 am PT / 12:00pm ET
Featured Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Microsoft Scale-Out File Server is a new efficient storage solution for Hyper-V and SQL.
SoFS uses SMB 3.0 to eliminate all the complexity of traditional shared storage and leverages the clustering capabilities to maintain true storage high availability.
While most of the vendors show how SoFS is configured with shared JBOD storage, we will show you how to configure it with just local storage and zero additional hardware.

webinar Dec9

Join StarWind expert Max Kolomyeytsev and learn how:

  • How to reduce deployment costs by excluding shared SAS JBOD infrastructure
  • How to enable the use of local high capacity SATA, high speed PCIe SSD, and commodity SATA SSD as storage for SoFS
  • Leverage RAM cache from read-only to a distributed write cache




Starwind – 4 scenarios of Storage Replication:

Storage Replica with Failover Cluster and File Server Role (Windows Server Technical Preview)

Storage Replica with Microsoft Failover Cluster and Scale-out File Server role (Windows Server Technical Preview)

Storage Replica with Microsoft Failover Cluster and Clustered Hyper-V VM role (Windows Server Technical Preview)

Storage Replica with Microsoft Failover Cluster and Guest VM Cluster role (Windows Server Technical Preview)

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Starwind 8

  • Massive Scale-Out storage architecture
  • Creates fault tolerant shared storage with unlimited number of nodes
  • Asynchronous WAN-replication
  • Ensures efficient disaster recovery plan
  • L2 Flash Cache
  • Works with RAM as a L1 cache to boost the efficiency
  • In-line deduplication and thin provisioning with space reclaim
  • Reduces storage expenses dramatically and accelerates VM storage performance
  • Simplified and improved GUI
  • Provides Windows Server 2012 style, step-by-step wizards and support of PowerShell scripting
  • Support of SMI-S interface for integration with Windows System Center R2
  • Makes cloud storage administration easier
  • Log-Structured File System (LSFS)*
  • Eliminates random writes for VM storage