Well, look at that.  Things are on the up for this blog.  I wanted to take the chance to give a big welcome to yet another new sponsor StarWind Software.  I'm very excited to welcome StarWind to this blog as I have used their iSCSI SAN software in my lab and it is awesome!  Especially considering the price…FREE!  That's right, Free!  They do have some more enterprise ready solutions that you can purchase which come with some other features (which I would certainly recommend for production), but honesty, with the free edition you get deduplication, snapshots, clones, CDP, thin provisioning and much more…  You have no reason not to try it, head on over to StarWinds' product page and pull it down for yourself.  To top it off, Starwinds iSCSI San has actually been nominated in a couple of categories in the 2012 Storage Awards; Storage Virtualization Product of the Year and Storage Magazines 'One to Watch' award.  The media release can be found here.

Aside from the SAN solutions Starwind do offer a variety of other products as well, such as Backup and Recovery for Hyper-V, V2V converters, iSCSI initiators,etc.  Perhaps one of the most interesting products which is to be released in the future is the Backup and Recovery for VMware.  You can sign up to be notified once it is ready here, or just follow the advertisement on the right hand side of this page to the correct location.

So a big welcome and thank you to StarWind Software!