Webinar: Scale Out Freely: No Hardware Lock-in

March 12, 2015

Date: 25 March, 11 am PT / 2 pm ETSpeaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.Scale-out has come up as the technology to meet the constantly increasing demands to storage capacity. Unlike Scale-up, it allows scaling horizontally. But it also has some caveats. In most cases you need to stick to specific hardware with none or limited configuration options, which is cost- and efforts- consuming. You have to follow only one scenario – “compute and storage separated” or hyper-converged one, which essentially kills the idea of flexibility. The entry price is also an issue since most of the vendors sell minimum 3 hosts, even if you just need 2 for your environment.Join Max Kolomyeytsev to learn to avoid these caveats and benefit from:- Scale-out and scale up with NO hardware lock-in- Scale-out with ANY hypervisor- Support “compute and storage separated” and hyper-converged scenarios simultaneously- Asymmentric Scale-outRegister!


Tap Room Meeting: ‎StarWind‬ Drop Makes a Pint of ‪Microsoft‬ Windows Server Environment Taste Better

March 11, 2015

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department of StarWind Software Inc.Sit comfortably in your seats, `cause at this tap room we will have a looong discussion about how exactly StarWind Virtual SAN allows Windows Server based datacenters squeeze out the maximum from cost-, performance- and capacity-efficiency.*Our Tap Room Meeting is the only one where you can make bubbles through a straw*Book a table here!


StarWind March Discount Countdown and 30-Day Money Back Guarantee

March 6, 2015

StarWind Software is introducing a March Discount Countdown and a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee special offer!So, when buying StarWind Virtual SAN, you are automatically benefiting from both campaigns!March Discount Countdown OfferThe faster you take advantage of this offer, the more you save.The Discount begins at 20%, and will decrease by 5% every week until the end of the month.So, act fast, and maximize your discount!March 1st-8th: 20%March 9th-15th: 15%March 16th-22nd: 10% March 23rd-31st: 5%Please either contact your existing StarWind representative, email sales@starwind.com or submit the request form.30-Day Money Back Guarantee OfferStarting from March 5, 2015 on, StarWind is providing a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee* to all new customers due to our confidence in the quality of StarWind Virtual SANIf you, as a new customer, are not satisfied with the product*, we will refund the price paid within 30 days after the order placement.Do not hesitate, request the quote, or contact StarWind Sales team at sales@starwind.com*The Money Back Guarantee offer is based on the product not meeting technical specifications, which must be confirmed by our engineering staff.


Webinar: Microsoft Hyper-V: 4 Things You Should Know to Ensure Storage HA and Security

March 5, 2015

Date: Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 8 am PT / 11 am ET / 3 pm GMTSpeakers:

  • Alexander Karavanov, Director of Sales Engineering, 5nine Software
  • Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Data protection, storage security and 24/7 operations are minimum requirements for every IT infrastructure. Virtualization offers many benefits, but it makes these three items absolutely crucial for business continuity. All Hyper-V administrators must  deliver storage high availability (HA), properly secure the virtual environment and have redundant disaster recovery plans in place.Join us and learn how to:

  • Secure and protect stored data
  • Simplify network administration
  • Increase storage HA
  • Reduce expenses

Register now!


A Story of Successful Deployment of StarWind Virtual SAN in Education

March 5, 2015

Every day our company solves a number of complicated and long lasting IT infrastructure related problems of different businesses.

That is why we tend to call the finished projects “Success Stories”. By presenting them, we explain in what way StarWind Software assisted IT-specialists in multiple spheres.

We believe that Education and IT always “go together”.  IT, belonging to one of the fastest growing industries, requires intellectual resources, which are mainly supplied by the Education sector. At the same time, the Education sector is fully supported by the newest developments in IT and is unable to progress without deploying its results into the daily activity.

So, one of our Education-related customers, The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point, contacted us because of the necessity to create the highly available virtual storage appliance (5 GB), which could protect the intellectual data for educational and personal purposes.

After experiencing the multiple scenarios, when one of the servers’ storage capacities run out and there was a pressing need of purchasing and bringing online of an extra one, the university IT staff started to look for an alternative solution.

Seeing the excess storage space on some servers, while others were running out of it, the university IT staff decided to go for clustered file server option.

The cost of StarWind plus the flexibility to deploy the Virtual SAN software on any server using any disk drives made StarWind the clear choice for the university. Absence of hardware lock-in and the scalability to keep pace with the growing storage demands were important decision factors to stick with this solution.

As a result, StarWind optimized the storage capacity, achieved high data availability and saved money for the university IT department!

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To read  other Success Stories, please follow this link.


10x faster back-ups: Virtual Tape Libraries

February 26, 2015

Date: 3 March, 11 am PT / 2 pm ET

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

Tapes will never die. They are ideal for long-term vaulting and are an absolute winner in the capacity/price competition versus any disk storage.

But even being long lasting and cost-effective, tapes are considerably slower compared to even commodity hard disks. As amounts of data used by companies are constantly growing, tape backup speed becomes a major vulnerability in modern BC and DR strategies. As soon as a backup job exceeds its backup window, it starts consuming application performance during business hours. The problem is solved by rebuilding and extending the tape backup infrastructure, but it’s extremely cost-consuming. Or you can implement Virtual Tape Library to complement physical tape storage.

Join StarWind Product Manager, Max Kolomyeytsev, and learn how to:

  • Shrink backup window by implementing Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape strategy using fast and cost-effective SATA as a primary backup storage,
  • Keep up with regulatory requirements without disrupting IT infrastructure work
  • Replace physical tape with VTL completely

Register now!


Tap Room Meeting: How to get more from Microsoft ‪SoFS‬ with ‪‎StarWind‬

February 24, 2015

Host: Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department of StarWind Software Inc.Imagine there is no CapEx, Neo.This Thursday we will taste the single malt scotch while discussing how exactly StarWind helps to improve the IT infrastructure for Microsoft fans and users. Our base line here – piece of cake.

*The only place where it’s allowed to put the elbows on the table while dining*Order a table!


Webinar: Server-Side Caching as an Alternative to All-Flash Arrays

February 20, 2015

Date: 25 February, 11 am ET / 4 pm GMTSpeakers:

  • Chris M. Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd
  • Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Improving application performance is all about getting more I/O from the storage. But does that mean you have to buy an expensive all-flash storage array? Not at all.Server-side caching solutions use local RAM and Flash, show better performance and prove to be more cost effective than external shared storage appliances.Join Chris Evans and Max Kolomyeytsev to learn about:

  • The Pareto principle or 80/20 rule and the working set
  • How server-side caching solutions work
  • Benefits and disadvantages of server-side caching
  • Implementing caching in virtual environments (in the guest and host)
  • Implementing caching in non-virtual environments
  • Choosing the right hardware product and what’s available on the market today
  • Vendor roundup

Register here!


Tap Room Meeting: Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces: Get Rid of I/O Blender

February 17, 2015

Date: Thursday, February 19, 2015 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EET

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

To blend or not to blend, that is the question!Whether tis Nobler in the mind of sufferThe I/O blender and bottlenecks of outrageous Fortune,Or to take StarWind against a Sea of troubles?

…the only tap room that welcomes laughing out loud from under the table.Book a table!


Hyper-V Failover ‪Clustering‬: ‪‎Virtualizing‬ ROBOs without Breaking the Bank

February 13, 2015

Date: Feb 18, 2015 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ETSpeakers:

  • Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage
  • Ryan Post, Inside Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.
  • Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Regardless of whether you call them stores, branch offices, plants or something else, remote sites present a unique set of engineering challenges. Customer facing applications require high availability but replicating the solutions we use in the data center to tens, or thousands of sites would cost more than the GDP of a small country.Hyper-converged architectures, which turn server local storage into highly available, shared storage, promise to be more affordable, but some appliance solutions cost as much or more than the traditional server and SAN solutions.This webinar will explore how StarWind Virtual SAN can fulfill the promise of hyper-convergence providing a highly available platform for virtual machines while Veeam Backup and Replication protects it from the unexpected.Register here!