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DR to the Cloud?

There is a new webinar recording at Rackware – http://www.rackwareinc.com/webinar-vmware-vcloud-air-migration-dr-best-practices/

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Starwind:

Live Webinar: Building Storage for Availability and Survivability

1 July, 9 am PT / 12 pm ET

Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International LLC

With software-defined storage taking hold both as a model for building data storage infrastructure behind servers and as a template for designing ready-made hyper-converged server/storage hardware nodes, IT planners confront many options for creating a high performance, cost efficient platform for data hosting. Just as important, however, is the design of storage infrastructure for high availability – to protect against hardware and software glitches – and for survivability – to ensure data accessibility in the face of disasters with a broader geographical footprint.

In this Brown Bag webinar, IT-SENSE editor and chief Jon Toigo kicks things off with a discussion of the requirements for building a bullet proof storage infrastructure using software-defined and hyper-converged elements.

He will be joined in the Between Two LUNs segment by storage expert Max Kolomyeytsev from StarWind Software to talk about the availability/survivability of StarWind technology and the resiliency of its latest hyper-converged infrastructure product, developed in connection with xByte Technologies.

Register now!

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StarWind Hyper-Converged Platform (H-CP) Video

StarWind presents a video with Jon Toigo from Data Management Institute talking about the trends in virtualization and where the storage goes.

Watch the video and learn how Hyper-Converged platform can optimize your storage and save up to 40% of costs.

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SAN Must Die!

Do you hate SANs as we hate them? No, seriously? They were great place to store your grandfather’s Oracle database, but why the heck would anyone use them to store Virtual Machine images? SANs were never designed to handle virtualization workload! Also, with today’s high-capacity spindles, PCIe attached flash and 40 Gb Ethernet all being commodities, it’s simpler, faster and cheaper to use virtual shared storage for virtualization purposes. Get your cure to SANs disease free, now, right here.

Technical Paper ‘StarWind Virtual SAN providing repositories for XenServer Pool’

Are you an experienced XenServer and Windows system admin?

Would you like to add StarWind® virtual storage to your XenServer Pool?

Then you surely need some step-by-step instructions!

You are welcome to check this document to find them all here ‘StarWind Virtual SAN providing repositories for XenServer Pool’.

Yet another success by StarWind!

StarWind has recently acquired Citrix XenServer 6.5 Certification, completing the list of certifications, adding to those from ‪‎VMware(vSphere 6.0 & vSphere 5.5 Certifications) and ‪‎Microsoft (Windows Server 2012 R2).

What this means is that ‪StarWind Virtual SAN is eligible for Microsoft, VMware and Citrix support services, being part of HCL.

To achieve this kind of acknowledgement, StarWind Virtual SAN passed a series of tests to prove the product’s compatibility as part of these vendors’ joint solutions.

It’s fair to say that StarWind now has every “MUST HAVE” certification

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Technical Paper: StarWind Virtual SAN® VAAI (vStorage API for Array Integration) Configuration & Performance Guide

This document is aimed to describe how to enable vStorage APIs for Array Integration in the system in order to decrease the workload on the network part and offload certain ammount of hypervisor operations to the storage side. Additionaly it explains how to verify if VAAI works properly.

Check it out here!

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Win a pair of  VMworld 2015 Conference Passes with VMturbo! http://bit.ly/1G09lOH.  There will be 3 drawings:

  • Friday May 29
  • June 19
  • July 10 2015

Win 2 entries for VMworld 2015

To win each time a pair of tickets for VMworld US. Check it out. Great chance for someone that knows that his (her) company won’t pay for the show….  Anyone is eligible (not only US folks), but you must pick the tickets in the US after arrival. Hotel/travel is at your own expenses.

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VFD Participation
I’ll be participating in Virtualization Field Day 5 in Boston. Event organized by Stefen Fosket.

Virtualization Field Day 5 Boston

Most presentations are streamed live on this page, at TechFieldDay.com, and at some delegate and presenter web sites. After the event, the following pages contain video recordings of these presentations.

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2-node VM Storage for Free by StarWind

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Wanted: Hyper-V and VMware Administrator,

  • With no physical shared storage for VMs and no money to buy it
  • Struggling todeploy a cluster for 24/7 operations without spending a buck and is always hurried by his bosses
  • Looking exhausted and irritated with the low budgets,if given any at all
  • Riding with labs, test and development, SMBs or ROBO for a living.Whereabouts – IT departments, remote offices, etc.

Reward: StarWind Virtual SAN Free, the software that creates fault-tolerant VM storage using existing hardware, starting on just two physical hosts running hypervisor. Features free distribution, infinite scaling capabilities, unlimited capacity, allowed production use and unrestricted work time.

Total Configuration Price: $00.000000

Contact [email protected] now to claim your reward!

New Technical Papers:

StarWind Virtual SAN® VAAI (vStorage API for Array Integration) Configuration & Performance Guide

StarWind Virtual SAN® ODX (Off-loaded Data Transfer) Configuration and Performance Tuning Guide

StarWind V2V Converter Update

StarWind V2V Converter allows the user to convert VMs from one format to another, basically “cloning” them and keeping the original copy intact. It comes either with any version of StarWind Virtual SAN, or as a standalone free tool. We have just updated StarWind V2V Converter to version V8 Build 161, adding a number of convenient features.

Starwind V2V Converter

Here is the list of latest improvements:

  • Added support for MS VHDX container format. It requires running on Windows 8/2012 or higher version of Windows.
  • Windows Repair Mode may be activate for converted image, allowing virtual machines to adapt to hardware environment of new hypervisor automatically.
  • Command-line utility extended to support VHDX format and repair mode option.
  • New style of GUI in V2V Converter Wizard.
  • Help file added to installation.

Download StarWind V2V Converter V8 Build 161 here!

Starwind – 4 scenarios of Storage Replication:

Storage Replica with Failover Cluster and File Server Role (Windows Server Technical Preview) http://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/storage-replication-for-failover-cluster-with-file-server-role-on-windows-server-technical-preview/

Storage Replica with Microsoft Failover Cluster and Scale-out File Server role (Windows Server Technical Preview) http://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/storage-replication-for-scale-out-file-servers-on-windows-server-technical-preview/

Storage Replica with Microsoft Failover Cluster and Clustered Hyper-V VM role (Windows Server Technical Preview) http://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/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) http://www.starwindsoftware.com/blog/storage-replica-with-microsoft-failover-cluster-and-guest-vm-cluster-role-windows-server-technical-preview/

Get your Free NFR !!

Free NFR license for New StarWind SAN V8 is available for IT certified professionals.
To get free license is necessary to register here.

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

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