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What does VMTurbo, Starwind, Unitrends and the Habs have in common? Friday shorts that’s what!

And another installment of Friday Shorts – a spot for me to share some awesomeness I’ve found on the interwebs, upcoming events and info from some awesome blog sponsors, and just random thoughts around events and news that might not quite fit within the niche of this blog – basically a mashup of my brain!

First up – free passes to VMworld

VMTurboLogoSmVMworld is sneaking up faster than you think!  Have you got your conference pass yet?  If not why not help ease the pain on your company by letting VMTurbo pick up the conference pass for you?  Along with ensuring performance and maximizing efficiency in your data center the folks at VMTurbo are doing their best put a full VMworld US conference pass in the hands of three people – you can sign up here and the drawings for the three passes take place on May 29th, June 19th, and July 10th!  Good luck!

More freebies from Unitrends

unitrendsSo VMTurbo has you covered for the conference pass how’s about getting a little money to help cover the travel costs from Unitrends (trust me you will need it – the prices of hotels are crazy this year in San Fran).  Just this week Unitrends released Unitrends Free – a completely free, full featured backup solution for up to 1TB of data – I reviewed it here if you missed it!  Anyways, asides from putting a completely free backup product into your lab or data center Unitrends has a gig going right now where you can win a $1500 Visa Giftcard, just for downloading and registering FREE software.  You have till the end of June on this one so best get signed up!

Upcoming Starwind webinar

starwind_softwareStarwind Software, a long time mwpreston.net sponsor and creator of Starwind Virtual SAN have a webinar coming up on May 20 titled Snapshots vs Replication – chosing the right data protection strategy, presented by Chris Evans. If your interested I definitely recommend checking it out as making the choice between snapshots and replication and/or both are key in developing a fool proof data protection strategy!  Also, if you haven’t checked out Starwind Virtual SAN I would take a look at it as well.  I’ve used their free version in the lab numerous times for different projects!

EMC virtual VNX

EMC-LogoConference season is among us and with that comes a slew of releases and announcements.  One that caught my attention coming out of EMCworld was the release of a community edition of the VNXe software.  Shipped as an OVA you can simply load it into your environment and get the functionality and software stack of a VNXe, but without the dedicated storage hardware and controllers.  I love messing around with all different types of storage and VSA’s in the lab so I’ll for sure be looking at this a little closer!

Au reviour les habitants

priceAnd last but not least, and certainly the saddest news of the week is the second round exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs for my beloved habs!  Honestly the bleu, blanc, et rouge had a great season, picking up 110 points and finishing 2nd overall in the eastern conference.  Their goalie, Carey Price had a career year – picking up nominations for both the Hart (League MVP) and Vezina (Best Goalie), and more than likely will take both these trophies home this summer.  That said expectations around hockey in Montreal are high and a second round exit overshadows all the success that they had!  Anyways we know Carey probably doesn’t care about those two trophies and is now out of the running for the only one he wanted.  All that said the Habs have a great core, and they are young – so hopefully we see improvements for years to come – they will need to pick up another top 6 forward though if they want to go anywhere in the post season!  At the end, they are now on the links and hopefully that means a little more time for me to work on this blog :)  Au revoir! Ole!

A slew of announcements from Starwind Software

November 15th was a pretty big day for the teams over at StarWind Software.  Three press releases came out from the company yesterday dealing not only with their iSCSI SAN solution but they are now a player in the backup space.  First off the recently released iSCSI SAN with High Availability is now available for the low low price of FREE!  There are some restrictions on the amount of data within the free edition however it’s still a great piece of technology to pull down and try!  Full press release is here.

Next up is the backup announcements.  A new version of their Storage Software and a Enhanced Backup for Windows Server Hyper-V is out now.  Again, another press release here.  Also last but certainly not least is the Backup Solution for VMware has now also been launched with full support for vSphere 5.1 – once more, press release here.

Big congrats to the teams over at StarWinds on a crazy launch day :)

Happy Birthday mwpreston dot net

As you’ve probably already guessed from the name of this post mwpreston dot net is finally in the books as being one year old. Honestly this is a fairly big accomplishment for me. It’s been a long ride since those first few blog posts (Hey, Who’s the new guy? and VMworld 2011 and the community that surrounds it)  Before starting this blog I have tried on numerous occasions to start others, all sort of falling by the wayside and ending up with me just giving up! So what was my key to obtaining success with this one? I’m not really sure, I think just sticking with it and comitting the time to try to get at the very least one post a week out there. Finally I started to get some readers, then the sponsors came and its been a great ride since then!

So what has the first year entailed for this blog? Well, for starters I’ve had some great sponsors (Veeam, PHD Virtual, AppAssure, Starwind and BitRefinery) come on board. This definitely helps cover costs of hosting and gear that it takes to produce the content. I’m very grateful to have them on the site! Secondly this blog played a pivotal role in my reciving the vExpert designation for 2012. I can’t tell you how much that award means to me. To be recognized by the company who’s technology you have so much passion for is amazing and humbling. And lastly (but most certainly definetly not even close to least) this blog has given myself the avenue to share back any knowledge I can with the community that I love and have learned so much from! A community that has brought me from your standard sysadmin, to a VCP, to a VMworld attendee to a vExpert! Its truly awesome to be able to share, engage, and participate within this group!

And to close out this wonderful birthday I have a few tidbits of stats to share…

That’s really all I have for now. Although some of the numbers are low I’ve very proud of the success I’ve had thus far and very grateful for my readers and their comments they have left.  Thank you all so much for reading and Ill do my best to continue to blog as much and as often as I can.

New StarWind Whitepaper – Why Is 3-Way Synchronous Mirroring Better Than 2-Way?

StarWind Software, a global leader in storage management and SAN software for small and midsize companies (or in the community terms – the company with the iSCSI SAN) has released a new whitepaper titled ;’Why Is 3-Way Synchronous Mirroring Better Than 2-Way?’

This white paper describes the difference between 3-and 2-way synchronous mirroring – capabilities that are both available in the StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS solution. The document outlines the advantages of the 3-node high availability storage cluster that provides cost efficiency, increased reliability, and higher performance compared to 2-node HA.  You can go and grab a copy of it here.  While your there, you might as well grab yourself a copy of their FREE iSCSI SAN and try it out to see if it has a fit for you.

StarWind Software and Windows Server 2012 SOFS – No need for extra hardware!

One of the new features coming out inside of Windows Server 2012 is the ability to create what's called a Scaled Out File Server.    The Scale-Out File server is basically and active/active cluster solution in which all file servers can serve SMB client requests, so long as the scaled-out file shares are hosted on shared storage.  StarWind Software for years have been providing a software solution for shared storage, eliminating the need for expensive SAN or unreliable NAS hardware. Starwind has issued a press release stating their involvement with the Scaled Out File Server and how they can basically take the directly attached storage from the nodes, and simply turn that into shared storage for your clustered environment, eliminating the need to purchase additional hardware to support the new Microsoft feature.  Certainly this could be a great option for a SMB looking to provide some high availability without breaking the bank!  You can check out the full press release here.

More StarWind News – and more free lisenses!!!!

Are you a VMware vExpert, VMware Certified Instructor (VCI), Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), Citrix Technology Professional (CTP) or a Citrix Certified Instructor (CCI)?  If so you are in luck!!!  StarWind Software, the makers of the innovative iSCSI SAN software announced that they are now giving away NFR license keys of their High Availability SAN solutions to the groups listed above.  No way you say, yes way, you can head on over to this form to claim your copy of the StarWind iSCSI SAN, StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V as well as the new VM Backup solution that they have.

It's great to see companies like this recognize the time that individuals from those communities put into 'spreading the word' and make it easier for all of us to gain access to the technologies that we need access to.  It makes everything so much easier when you arn't dealing with multiple trial licenses and expirey dates.  You can check out the official press release here.

One note, you only have until the end of September to get over there and get your keys, so go sign up, and if the form is too tricky for you simply send a message over to Roman Shovkun roman.shovkun@starwindsoftware.com (CSO of StarWind).