Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces and StarWind Virtual SAN: For a Complete Software-Defined Storage Solution

January 16, 2015

Date: Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET
Speakers: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International LLC, Anatoly Vilchinskiy, StarWind Software Inc.

Microsoft is enabling software-defined storage to work with its own hypervisor computing meme, building on its SMB 3.0 protocol and Storage Spaces technology. While the approach has its merits, building from the familiar to newer storage architectures, the resulting storage infrastructure is more of a scale out NAS than a Virtual SAN. With StarWind Virtual SAN technology, complimentary to Microsoft Hyper-V, a Virtual SAN may be implemented in a virtual Microsoft environment that delivers better resource utilization and greater overall cost efficiency.

Join us for this discussion of the strengths and limitations of Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces and how a Virtual SAN from StarWind Software can complement and improve on the infrastructure.

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Every Thursday StarWind Software invites you to the Tap Room!

January 12, 2015
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In a relaxed atmosphere StarWind hosts will serve you the best recipe of StarWind Virtual SAN and will demonstrate step by step how to consume it, so that to favour its best features.

Thursday, January 15, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, StarWind Software Inc.

Join the first Tap Room meeting, sit back, relax and see the software benefits from the user stand point. Watch how couple of StarWind pints can do single malt Hyper-V flavor even better.

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

December 12, 2014

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

If you cannot attend the webinar, register to view the recorded version at your convenience.

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

December 10, 2014


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.

If you cannot attend the webinar, register to view the recorded version at your convenience.

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

December 3, 2014

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

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 for StarWind Virtual SAN!

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

December 2, 2014


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.

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

If you cannot attend the webinar, register to view the recorded version at your convenience.

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End-of-the-Year Hot Offers from StarWind!

December 1, 2014


The year is almost over and StarWind has exciting offers for You!

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The year is almost over! To help meet your business goals but stay within your payment schedule and budget, StarWind provides financial flexibility by offering special payment terms - 90 days net upon signing the invoice!
Buy any StarWind product edition to build a fault-tolerant, high-performing Virtual SAN by December 31, 2014 and pay later!

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We are so confident in the quality of our product and its functionality that we grant unconditional 30-day money back guarantee - no hassles, no questions asked!
This cooling-off period is designed to ensure that you are 100% satisfied with your purchase of StarWind Virtual SAN solution and to remove any risk from your purchase. So go ahead, sign up!
The offer is valid for StarWind Virtual SAN editions purchased December 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014. Request must be postmarked within 30 days after order placement.

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

November 18, 2014


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.

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If you haven’t seen the first webinar - be sure to check it out right here


Protect Virtual Machines Using Data Replication

November 14, 2014


With a need for 24/7 operations, protecting data in ways that minimize downtime is an essential requirement for all IT departments. Data replication is a key tool that enables virtualization administrators to deliver continuous operations in virtual server environments. There are important considerations which determine where best to implement replication technology.

This webinar discusses the technical options available and how to choose the right product for your needs. You will learn:

  • Why data replication is needed in your IT environment
  • A definition of data replication, including the different modes of operation
  • Why array-based replication solutions aren’t ideal for virtualized environments
  • How to choose between volume-based or VM-based replication tools
  • An overview of Veeam Backup and Replication, including replication features
  • An overview of StarWind Virtual SAN, including replication features

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Virtual SAN: The “New” Storage Meme for Virtual Server Environments

November 5, 2014


Server-side storage, now increasingly called “Virtual SAN” with VMware’s adoption of the term in 2014, is not a new idea. The strategy, involving the nodal clustering of locally-installed or direct-attached silicon and magnetic storage, was first articulated by StarWind Software in 2011. StarWind was working to develop a storage architecture that would help early adopters of server hypervisors realize the promised cost efficiencies from their investments. Storage remains a significant cost in server virtualization, creating a barrier for large and especially smaller firms seeking to drive down IT costs while enabling better service levels. And StarWind brings a hardware-minimalistic and flash-friendly solution which compliments the VMware hypervisor delivering a more robust and capable Virtual SAN at a lower cost.

Join storage expert, Jon Toigo, to learn more about Virtual SAN, the capabilities of VMware’s preliminary offering, and the complimentary product from StarWind Software. Jon will be joined by Max of StarWind to dig into the technical details of the product and how it provides storage high availability and fault tolerance and enables cost reduction for businesses of all sizes that are increasingly adopting the VMware vSphere/ESX hypervisor.

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