Starwind Software offers Free NFR licenses for your lab.
If you're vExpert, MVP, MCT, VCI, CCI, CTP you can apply for a Free 12 months NFR license of HA iSCSI SAN Software from Starwind.
It's definitely one of the easiest iSCSI solution to setup when building VMware lab. In less than 5 min you can have up and running an iSCSI target by installing Starwind iSCSI SAN. It's an excellent way to quickly learn the configuration steps for iSCSI connectivity between a SAN storage device and iSCSI software initiator on the ESXi side.
With the HA solution you'll need two physical hosts in order to demonstrate the HA capabilities. But you can also use VMs in order to test that functionality. Note that this NFR license is meant to be used in labs or for demos only. Not in production.
Starwind has got an enterprise-class features including Automated HA Storage Node Failover and Failback (High Availability),Replication across a WAN, CDP and Snapshots, Thin Provisioning and Virtual Tape management.
A quick quote from the announce:
Starwind Software offers free license keys of its best-of-breed High Availability SAN solutions to VMware vExperts, VMware Certified Instructors (VCI), Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVP), Microsoft Certified Trainers (MCT), Citrix Technology Professionals (CTP), and Citrix Certified Instructors (CCI). The not-for-resale (NFR) license keys are available for non-production use, including: course development, training, lab testing, evaluation, and demonstration purposes. The offer includes such solutions as StarWind iSCSI SAN and StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V both enhanced with a powerful VM Back-up Plug-in.
Read the full press release here.
You can claim your free license from this link or by contacting directly Roman Shovkun, CSO at StarWind (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Starwind Software