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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 [email protected] (CSO of StarWind).

StarWind Software Solution Receives U.S. Army Certificate of Networthiness (CoN)

Now I've never worked for the army/military and I really have no experience with them, but I'm sure that it takes a lot for them to give their stamp of approval on a product or solution.  Also, there must be strict security, compliance, and sustainability requirements that vendors and solutions must meet in order to receive such an honour.  Well, I'm proud to say that one of my sponsors, StarWind Software has met just that and recieved the Certificate of Netwothiness from the US Army.  You can check out the full press release here and while your there you might better go and grab yourself a copy of their free iSCSI SAN.  That's right, you can get the same security, comparability, and sustainability in your organization knowing that the US Army has put their support behind it, and you can get it for free.  Congrats StarWind.

Dedup for your Dedup with #Veeam and #StarWind

Veeam does a great job at running deduplication to save valuable and expensive disk space for your backup storage however it does this per job, meaning all of the VMs within a job will be deduped with each other.  Now, I don't know anyone that has all of their VMs grouped within one single job, most the time their are multiple jobs each containing multiple VMs.  In the latter case you could be saving even more space (and money) if you could only apply deduplication to span across multiple Veeam backup jobs, and now, you can…enter StarWind Software and Global Deduplication. 

StarWind and Veeam have teamed up yet again to provide you as a Veeam customer the ability to save valuable space and money by applying deduplication across your Veeam Backup jobs, and they are doing this for the low low price of free…It's called Global deduplication for Veeam Backup and Replication and you can get it here.
 

 
By utilizing StarWind's iSCSI SAN technology and Veeam's Backup and Replication v6 you can setup your backup repositories inside of Veeam to reside on an iSCSI target provided by StarWind.  This will give you the best of both worlds.  Dedup inside the job from Veeam and more dedup across the repository by StarWind.  Did I mention that this solution was also cross-tested, certified, and fully supported by Veeam and StarWind?  Did I also mention that this solution is FREE to all Veeam customers?
 
Hopefully in the future I will have some time to put this solution together in my lab and do a few tests to see just how much space you can save and when i do I will most certainly post my results here.  For the time being, you can check out a couple of documents; 3 reasons to deploy Global dedup and the Solutions Overview which show some fantastic results and savings (up to 90%!!!!).  Also, I'd love to hear from anyone who has taken advantage of this offer and see just what their results were, leave your comments, questions, results below in the comments area…
 
On a side note, if you are not a Veeam customer you can still check out StarWind's iSCSI SAN for free by going to their product site, registering and downloading.  Also, if you are a vExpert, VCP, VCI, MCP, MCTS, or a MVP you can go and grab yourself a couple of NFR sockets worth of Veeam Backup and Replication for free by filling out the applicable form (VMware / Hyper-V)   No excuses not to try these technologies out now…