‪Snapshots‬ VS ‪Replication:‬ Choose the Right Data ‪Protection‬ Strategy

May 5, 2015

Date: 20 Мay, 11 am ET / 4 pm BST 
Speakers: Chris M. Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Both snapshots and replication form an important part of any data protection strategy. It’s essential to know when and why each method should be used. In this ‪‎webinar we will discuss the benefits and disadvantages of both replication and snapshots, highlighting when to use each technique to implement a foolproof data protection regime.

You will learn:
• How snapshots and replication work in a virtual server environment
• How snapshots can deliver quick onsite recovery
• How to use replication for offsite data protection

Register now!


2-node Free VM Storage by StarWind

April 30, 2015

Wanted: ‪Hyper‬-V and ‪VMware‬ Administrator,

  • With no physical shared storage for VMs and no money to buy it
  • Struggling to deploy 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 license@starwind.com now to claim your reward!



One Does Not Simply Consider One Shared Storage Product For Hyper-V Environment. Or Does He?

April 20, 2015

Date: 23 April, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, ‪‎StarWind‬ Software Inc.

- One ‪SDS‬ to rule them all,

- One SDS to find them,

- One SDS to bring them all,

- And in the virtualized environment bind them.

*Virtualize responsibly!‬


A Story of Successful Deployment of StarWind Virtual SAN in Telecommunication

April 15, 2015


Have you ever been in a situation when sitting in your office or at home, suddenly, you realize that there is no Internet or telephone connection? What would you do? Would you call your provider or try to fix the problem on your own?

The main question, however, would be: “Which second after the disappearance of the main means of modern communication will you see the level of influence they have on your life?”

For some time now, most of the world population has agreed that these means of communication have taken over one of the top positions in the hierarchy of people’s needs. Thus, even the slightest interruption in its normal functioning can cause a serious damage to the image of a company providing these services.

StarWind Software, in its turn, being a virtualization software developing company has a great example of cooperation with a representative of the telecommunication market, a company called LocalTel Communications.

One of the reasons ‪‎LocalTel‬ contacted StarWind was a difficult to manage IT infrastructure, which, in the process of utilizing, started to lack storage capacities.

The IT department specialists were also experiencing issues with the HA iSCSi synchronization.

As a result, the overall state got worse by with numerous failures and increased costs spent on purchase of software patches and firmware updates in an attempt to fix the problem.

The main goal LocalTel Communications pursued with the help of StarWind Virtual SAN was the IT infrastructure with the high level of redundancy and reliability.

At first, LocalTel deployed ‪‎StarWind‬ on the spare storage server and performed primary testing. Later the IT department decided to add an active server to the existing StarWind configuration. However, during the migration, a raid controller failed and it had to be replaced. Nevertheless, even after having lost 1 node, StarWind infrastructure continued to run smoothly. So the IT specialists had time to fix the problem and were able to bring it back without interrupting the migration process. Finally, the third server was added to the cluster.

So, currently, LocalTel utilizes about 200 active VMs, which range from idle to very high I/O requirements. Moreover, with the 3-node HA virtual machine storage, the company achieved advanced data protection and availability. With StarWind Virtual SAN, LocalTel’s IT infrastructure can now easily perform data replication without causing any disruptions to the company’s activity.

Thus, having deployed StarWind Virtual SAN, LocalTel Communications has got the highly available and reliable, as well as scalable shared SAN storage, which has furthermore fit the company’s budget.

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Make Your Storage Work For You: VAAI and ODX offload up to 30% of disk operations to the SAN

April 9, 2015

Date: 21 April, 11am PT / 2pm ET

Speakers: Aidan Finn, Microsoft MVP, Technical Sales Lead at MicroWarehouse Ltd. & Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

StarWind always considered virtual storage systems to be valued for uptime, performance and flexibility – take one out and the system is useless. Hypervisor CPU and Networking overhead is a common issue for operations like VM provisioning, migration, and cloning. There should be a way to enhance performance by offloading the unnecessary CPU load and shrinking the SAN traffic. ODX and VAAI features do exactly this by offloading routine disk tasks to the storage array so they will be executed more effectively. That is if your SAN supports one of these features. StarWind Virtual SAN does both – just saying.

Join Aidan Finn and Max Kolomyeytsev at this webinar dedicated to the use of Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) and APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). They will explain exactly how you can greatly enhance the storage system performance and increase VM density with Hyper-V and vSphere.

Register here!


Critical SQL Server Databases: Provide HA with SQL Server Failover‪ ‎Clustering‬ and Cluster Shared Volumes

April 6, 2015

Speakers: Edwind Sarmiento, Microsoft ‪SQL‬ Server MVP and Microsoft Certified Master Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Highly-Available SQL Server with reliable Disaster Recovery is traditionally hard to achieve but necessary to have. We say it is possible to build a fully redundant SQL Server 2014 cluster with just 2 servers, ‪#StarWind‬ Virtual SAN and Cluster Shared Volumes while implementing disaster recovery to several places with minimal RTO and RPO!

We will look at how to configure a highly available SQL Server on top of Cluster Shared Volumes and also discuss best practices and recommendations.

Register now!


‎Taproom‬ Bluff in Hyper‬-Converged Stuff and the Ways to See Through It

April 3, 2015

Date: 9 April, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

Host: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

So you’re out in a hunt for new components to start building a scalable‪ ‎virtualization‬ environment at last. Now watch out because you’re about to bite the bait set by hyper-converged computing vendors. 
Some of the baits look as simple as price or feature, smart set up multiple baits like bluffing claims to be “hardware agnostic” or allowing for both scale up and scale out and then they increase their chance for luck of getting a backdoor to your IT budget.

Do you want to learn how to avoid these baits and caveats and build a truly robust and scalable virtualization environment without having to sell your car and house?

Join our Tap Room Meeting and see how StarWind virtual SAN allows to create a highly available and scalable virtualization environment using any hardware and hypervisor of your choice.

*Virtualize responsibly!


Meet StarWind Team at MS Ignite 2015!

March 30, 2015

Request a chance to schedule a personal meeting with Anton Kolomyeytsev, StarWind Founder and CTO, or Joseph Preston, VP of Sales at Microsoft Ignite 2015.

See you at MS Ignite 2015!


Tap Room Meeting ‎VMware‬ and ‪‎StarWind‬ Virtual SAN: from Two to Infinity and Beyond

March 27, 2015

Let’s put all cards on the table: VMware is good, their VSAN is good. But is it good for all situations? Get yourself on the most comfortable chair in the Tap Room, open the whisky bottle, and our host will tell you why it is better to start with two shots instead of drinking off the whole bottle.*The only Tap Room, where no one will snatch your cocktail if you leave it on a table.Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.Virtualize properly!


Win the Full Conference Pass for the Microsoft Ignite 2015!

March 25, 2015

Attend or register for any ‪‎StarWind‬ ‪‎webinar‬ or ‪Tap Room‬ Meeting till 16 April and take a chance to win the Full Conference Pass for Microsoft‪ ‎Ignite‬ 2015!The winner will be announced at StarWind blog, and on Facebook and Twitter pages on the 20th of April!win_ms_ignite_470_246-2