Finally, StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance is available on Linux allowing you to save costs on Windows licensing. Being hypervisor-agnostic, StarWind VSA easily integrates into any IT infrastructure as a fully pre-configured virtual machine ready for deployment and operation. It simply installs in any existing environment requiring no specialized SAN skills and is managed using StarWind Web console or thick client allowing to control the entire storage infrastructure from a centralized console.
Join our Tap Room Meeting on April 27 11 am PT / 2 pm ET to see all benefits of the StarWind Linux-based VSA.
Register now: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/dedicated-live-demo-session
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Meet StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance on Linux
Deploying a 2-node StarWind VSAN Free for VMware ESXi 6.5
StarWind Virtual SAN Free allows deploying a 2-node cluster providing a highly available storage for your virtual machines to Hyper-V or ESXi hypervisor for free. When deploying multi VSAN Free nodes, the data is synchronized across the network between the nodes. StarWind VSAN Free can be deployed in a hyperconverged model where VSAN Free is installed on hypervisor nodes or in a disaggregated model with separated compute and storage resources. StarWind VSAN Free management capabilities include PowerShell, with StarWind Management console available as a 30-day trial.
Read the full article by Romain Serre, a Senior Consultant at Lyon to learn how to deploy a 2-node StarWind VSAN Free for VMware ESXi 6.5 on Windows Server 2016 Core Edition.
StarWind brings its software defined storage to Linux
StarWind gets closer to Linux users by providing them with special Linux-based Virtual Storage Appliance version combining the underlying OS and preinstalled StarWind Virtual SAN, allowing to save money on Windows Licensing when it’s unnecessary.
StarWind VSA is compatible with any hypervisor, be it Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Xen or KVM and can be managed via a Web Management Console while additionally containing a StarWind vCenter plugin allowing to manage the product directly from vCenter Server.
Read the full article by Vladan Seget, IT and Virtualization consultant to learn more about StarWind Virtual SAN on Linux
Comparing SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AGs) and Basic Availability Groups (BAGs): Cost and Features
AlwaysOn Basic Availability Groups (BAG) supported in SQL Server Standard Edition and AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AG) introduced in SQL Server Enterprise Edition were designed to create a replicated environment with improved failover capabilities. However, the two types provide different capabilities while also requiring different licensing costs.
Read the full article by Shashank Singh, Microsoft MVP, and SQL Server Architect to learn more about BAG and AG cost and functionality differences.
Migrating VMs becomes a piece of cake with a proper Virtual Machine Converter
Migrating your VMs from one hypervisor to another may be quite a complicated task if there’s no decent virtual machine converter at hand. Fortunately, there are various V2V tools allowing to turn this process into a simple thing. But, when choosing a V2V converter, there are several factors you should take into consideration.
Read the full article to learn how to choose a V2V converter that will become a perfect fit for your needs.
RE: Managing Hyper-V
StarWind is currently working on the new product - a flexible and customizable web-based platform which will allow users get the full control over their IT infrastructures from a single HTML5 graphical interface including S2D, Failover Clustering and Hyper-V. More information to be found in a nearby thread: https://mangolassi.it/topic/14114/help-starwind-to-pick-the-name-for-the-upcoming-product
Build a highly fault-tolerant IT infrastructure with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance utilizes Local Reconstruction Codes, Replication, and Grid Architecture to provide an ultimate fault tolerance rate while delivering sustained high performance. With StarWind HCA, the whole infrastructure remains operational even after multiple disk or node failures. In case a failure occurs, applications are automatically recovered to working cluster disks or nodes, allowing to easily withstand a failure of more than 50% of the cluster nodes.
Watch our video to learn how to get uncompromised resiliency with StarWind HCA
Using Powershell for Hyper-V VMs Automatic Deployment in Windows Server 2016
With PowerShell, automatic deployment of Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2016 becomes a piece of cake
No doubts, commercial software for automatic VM deployment is great, but it may be too expensive comparing to the goals that need to be achieved. That’s where PowerShell kicks in. With PowerShell commands, the creation and configuration of Hyper-V virtual machines in Windows Server 2016 become a fairly simple thing. But, what is more important, you can create a script which deploys VMs of the same configuration automatically.
Read the full article by Boris Yurchenko, a Support Engineer at StarWind, to learn how to automate your VMs deployment with PowerShell in Windows Server 2016.
S stands for security. Find out which certificate ensures the connection safety.
Installing an HTTPS certificate is just a tip of the iceberg. This certificate has a huge number of options that usually are hidden deep inside config files. Actually, these tiny details allow distinguishing a site that can be rendered vulnerable via HTTPS downgrade attack and the one that is really secure.
Read the full article by Gary Williams, a virtualization, storage, and Windows systems administrator, to achieve the highest security.
StarWind reveals new backup storage technology at Storage Field Day 15
StarWind team will take the floor at Storage Field Day 15 to reveal new awesome backup storage technologies: Virtual Tape Library with Cloud and Object storage and backed by ProActive Support! Our speaking slot is the first in line: March 9, 8-10 am PT, don’t miss it!
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Tape, Disk, or VTL: Deciphering the Best Backup Method
Safeguarding your data is crucial in today's digital landscape, but with so many backup options available, how do you choose the right one? Our latest article dives into data backup, comparing tape, disk, and virtual tape library (VTL) technologies.
Discover their pros and cons, costs, performance, and more in the new article by StarWind Pre-sales Engineer Anton Vovchuk.
StarWind Success Story: Consolidate storage infrastructure with StarWind VSAN
eHealth Africa Solutions, an international non-governmental organization, faced the challenge of effectively managing the VSAN storage pool within the existing standalone XCP-ng virtual host infrastructure. The organization required a storage solution that could effectively manage storage pools within its existing infrastructure. By deploying StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN), eHealth Africa Solutions effectively consolidates its storage infrastructure, enhances storage management capabilities, and achieves scalability across multiple technical domains, thereby improving operational efficiency and reducing costs.
Breaking Down Barriers: XCP-ng Offers Open-Source Power Over VMware
Considering a switch from VMware? Whether you're a small business tightening the budget or an enterprise seeking greater flexibility, XCP-ng, an open-source XenServer-based virtualization platform, offers a compelling alternative to VMware.
Read more about why XCP-ng might be the solution for you in the new article by Vladan Seget, a virtualization expert, for StarWind.
StarWind Success Story: Build a fault-tolerant infrastructure with StarWind VSAN
RAM Company, a U.S.-based solenoid manufacturer, faced downtime and maintenance challenges due to the lack of shared storage and seamless failover capabilities in its three independent Hyper-V hosts. The company needed a shared storage solution for its Hyper-V hosts to minimize downtime during maintenance. By deploying StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN), RAM Company creates a fault-tolerant IT environment, seamlessly migrates VMs during maintenance, reduces downtime to zero, and ensures continuous uptime of its critical production systems.
Broadcom Acquired VMware: Does KVM Have a Chance?
Join our upcoming webinar to analyze potential impacts, explore alternative virtualization platforms like Proxmox VE, and address the most pressing concerns.
Register now: https://starwind.com/s/b
Immutability Matters: Boost Your Backup Strategy with StarWind VSAN & Veeam B&R
Worried about keeping your business data safe from ransomware and similar threats? Discover how to set up StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) as an immutable backup repository for Veeam B&R in just a few clicks
Follow the step-by-step guide by Vlad Savchenko, StarWind Pre-sales Engineer.
StarWind Success Story: Build a highly available infrastructure with StarWind
SabreTech Consulting LLC, a U.S.-based managed IT services provider (MSP), faced recurring storage outages and instability with Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in its production environment, posing a significant risk to its operations and client satisfaction. The company needed a stable and reliable storage solution to address its issues. By deploying StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN), SabreTech Consulting LLC builds a highly available and fault-tolerant IT infrastructure, optimizes its production environment, ensures consistent uptime, and minimizes storage outages, thereby enabling seamless delivery of services to its clients.
Minimize Downtime, Maximize Efficiency: Learn About vSphere 8's vMotion Feature
vSphere 8 now offers the vMotion Application Notification feature, aimed at improving application migrations. Interested in the technical aspects?
Explore our guide for implementation details by Valdan Seget, a virtualization expert, for StarWind.
StarWind Success Story: Build a hyperconverged infrastructure with StarWind
Triada Networks, a U.S.-based IT solutions provider, encountered performance bottlenecks and scalability limitations within its existing IT infrastructure, particularly with Hyper-V hosts and direct-attached storage. The company required a scalable and performance-enhancing solution to address its IT challenges. By implementing StarWind HCI Appliance (HCA), Triada Networks seamlessly builds a hyperconverged IT infrastructure and achieves improved performance, scalability, and operational efficiency, ultimately delivering enhanced business value to its clients.
Save Big on Cloud Storage Costs: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Backblaze B2, Wasabi
Are you tired of overspending on storage solutions that don't quite fit your budget? We've done the research for you and compiled a comprehensive comparison of some of the top cloud storage providers: AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Backblaze B2, and Wasabi.
Find the perfect fit for your budget and storage needs in the new article by Kevin Soltow, a Storage Consultant, for StarWind.