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17 November

Add to Calendar 17-11-2014 17-11-2014 Live Webinar: Virtual SAN: The "New" Storage Meme for Virtual Server Environments Join storage expert, Jon Toigo, to learn more about Virtual SAN, the capabilities of VMware’s preliminary offering, and the complimentary product from StarWind Software. Jon will be joined by Max of StarWind to dig into the technical details of the product and how it provides storage high availability and fault tolerance and enables cost reduction for businesses of all sizes that are increasingly adopting the VMware vSphere/ESX hypervisor. Register today!

Register here: http://virtualizationreview.com/webcasts/2014/11/starwind-nov17.aspx?partnerref=starwind1
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Live Webinar: Virtual SAN: The "New" Storage Meme for Virtual Server Environments
StarWind Software’s Complimentary Technology for Realizing the Virtual SAN Vision

Monday, November 17, 11:00am PT / 2:00pm ET
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International


Server-side storage, now increasingly called "Virtual SAN" with VMware's adoption of the term in 2014, is not a new idea. The strategy, involving the nodal clustering of locally-installed or direct-attached silicon and magnetic storage, was first articulated by StarWind Software in 2011. StarWind was working to develop a storage architecture that would help early adopters of server hypervisors realize the promised cost efficiencies from their investments. Storage remains a significant cost in server virtualization, creating a barrier for large and especially smaller firms seeking to drive down IT costs while enabling better service levels. And StarWind brings a hardware-minimalistic and flash-friendly solution which compliments the VMware hypervisor delivering a more robust and capable Virtual SAN at a lower cost.

Join storage expert, Jon Toigo, to learn more about Virtual SAN, the capabilities of VMware’s preliminary offering, and the complimentary product from StarWind Software. Jon will be joined by Max of StarWind to dig into the technical details of the product and how it provides storage high availability and fault tolerance and enables cost reduction for businesses of all sizes that are increasingly adopting the VMware vSphere/ESX hypervisor. Register today!

Register here!
9 December

Add to Calendar 09-12-2014 09-12-2014 Live Webinar: How to build Microsoft Scale-Out File Server without SAS JBODs Microsoft Scale-Out File Server is a new efficient storage solution for Hyper-V and SQL.
SoFS uses SMB 3.0 to eliminate all the complexity of traditional shared storage and leverages the clustering capabilities to maintain true storage high availability.
While most of the vendors show how SoFS is configured with shared JBOD storage, we will show you how to configure it with just local storage and zero additional hardware.

Join StarWind expert Max Kolomyeytsev and learn how:
  • How to reduce deployment costs by excluding shared SAS JBOD infrastructure
  • How to enable the use of local high capacity SATA, high speed PCIe SSD, and commodity SATA SSD as storage for SoFS
  • Leverage RAM cache from read-only to a distributed write cache

Register here: http://windowsitpro.com/starwind-software/how-build-microsoft-scale?code=starwindlink1
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Live Webinar: How to build Microsoft Scale-Out File Server without SAS JBODs

Tuesday, December 9, 9 am PT / 12:00pm ET
Featured Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software


Microsoft Scale-Out File Server is a new efficient storage solution for Hyper-V and SQL.
SoFS uses SMB 3.0 to eliminate all the complexity of traditional shared storage and leverages the clustering capabilities to maintain true storage high availability.
While most of the vendors show how SoFS is configured with shared JBOD storage, we will show you how to configure it with just local storage and zero additional hardware.

Join StarWind expert Max Kolomyeytsev and learn how:
  • How to reduce deployment costs by excluding shared SAS JBOD infrastructure
  • How to enable the use of local high capacity SATA, high speed PCIe SSD, and commodity SATA SSD as storage for SoFS
  • Leverage RAM cache from read-only to a distributed write cache

Register here!
11 December

Add to Calendar 11-12-2014 11-12-2014 Live Webinar: Fighting the "I/O Blender" Effect in Virtual Environments / StarWind Software’s Weapon of Choice Is a Log Structured File System (LSFS) A side effect of the massive server workload consolidation enabled by hypervisor-based virtualization has been the addition of 7 to 16 I/O ports per machine to handle the I/O requirements of the hosted apps. But, before the data can be sent to and from storage devices, virtualization administrators often confront a more challenging problem that some have taken to calling the I/O Blender Effect. The I/O Blender effect is seen when multiple virtual machines send their I/O streams at the same time to a hypervisor for processing, increasing random accesses and increasing latency. Some software-defined storage (SDS) architectures are actually making the problem worse by caching raw small logical block writes using flash memory devices, leading to accelerated wear of the device and contributing virtually no improvement in storage I/O performance.

If you are considering software-defined storage, this is a webcast you don’t want to miss.

Special Offer: Attend the webinar and win a free NFR license of StarWind Virtual SAN!

Register here: http://virtualizationreview.com/webcasts/2014/11/starwind-dec11.aspx?partnerref=starwind1
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Live Webinar: Fighting the "I/O Blender" Effect in Virtual Environments
StarWind Software’s Weapon of Choice Is a Log Structured File System (LSFS)

Thursday, December 11, 11:00 AM PT / 2:00 PM ET
Featured Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International


A side effect of the massive server workload consolidation enabled by hypervisor-based virtualization has been the addition of 7 to 16 I/O ports per machine to handle the I/O requirements of the hosted apps. But, before the data can be sent to and from storage devices, virtualization administrators often confront a more challenging problem that some have taken to calling the I/O Blender Effect. The I/O Blender effect is seen when multiple virtual machines send their I/O streams at the same time to a hypervisor for processing, increasing random accesses and increasing latency. Some software-defined storage (SDS) architectures are actually making the problem worse by caching raw small logical block writes using flash memory devices, leading to accelerated wear of the device and contributing virtually no improvement in storage I/O performance.

The solution isn’t bigger or faster flash memories, but rather a log-structured file system that better organizes, writes and enables a return to sequential accesses. Don’t look for log structuring technology (yet) in the SDS offerings of leading hypervisor vendors--it is still on their product roadmaps. To get it today, you need to look at SDS innovators like StarWind Software whose approach to virtual SAN enables small writes to coalesce before writing them to flash-based caches and that enables most read requests to be handled from the cache directly.

If you are considering software-defined storage, this is a webcast you don’t want to miss.

Special Offer: Attend the webinar and win a free NFR license of StarWind Virtual SAN!

Register here!
17 December

Add to Calendar 17-12-2014 17-12-2014 Live Webinar: Critical vSphere Applications: How to Create HA Shared Storage and Save Money There's an old saying, "All roads lead to Rome," that has special meaning with VMware vSphere. With virtualization, "All roads lead to storage." You can build highly available/DRS clusters, failover clusters, redundant networking, and converged everything, but without 100% storage uptime, your entire virtual environment will fail.

This reliance on perfect storage can mean loads of expensive hardware. But is it possible to build up a highly available shared storage for vSphere with just two servers?

Join Greg Shields of Pluralsight and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software to learn how to create mission-critical shared storage for vSphere supporting RAM caching, log-structuring and data deduplication.

Register here: http://redmondmag.com/webcasts/2014/12/starwind-dec17.aspx?partnerref=starwind1
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Live Webinar: Critical vSphere Applications: How to Create HA Shared Storage and Save Money

Wednesday, December 17, 11:00 AM PT / 2 pm ET
Featured Speakers: Greg Shields, Author Evangelist, Pluralsight
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

There's an old saying, "All roads lead to Rome," that has special meaning with VMware vSphere. With virtualization, "All roads lead to storage." You can build highly available/DRS clusters, failover clusters, redundant networking, and converged everything, but without 100% storage uptime, your entire virtual environment will fail.

This reliance on perfect storage can mean loads of expensive hardware. But is it possible to build up a highly available shared storage for vSphere with just two servers?

Join Greg Shields of Pluralsight and Max Kolomyeytsev of StarWind Software to learn how to create mission-critical shared storage for vSphere supporting RAM caching, log-structuring and data deduplication.

Register here!
18 December

Add to Calendar 18-12-2014 18-12-2014 Live Webinar: Scale Up is History! Is Scale Out the Future for Storage? For many years, the dominant architecture for both compute and storage involved building bigger, faster "scale up" hardware as demand grew. However, efficient web scale companies like Google and Facebook have demonstrated there’s a place for scale-out architectures too.

Join us for a discussion on the difference in design and approach between scale up and scale out solutions, focusing on the benefits and disadvantages of each. The presentation will cover both storage and hyper-converged solutions, with a review of the products in the marketplace today, including leading vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

Register here: https://event.on24.com/eventRegistration/EventLobbyServlet?target=reg20.jsp&eventid=906576&sessionid=1&key=6BA26A1285CAD8428519B783F81E5B5F&partnerref=starwind&sourcepage=register
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Live Webinar: Scale Up is History! Is Scale Out the Future for Storage?

Thursday, December 18, 2PM GMT
Featured Speaker: Chris M. Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.


For many years, the dominant architecture for both compute and storage involved building bigger, faster "scale up" hardware as demand grew. However, efficient web scale companies like Google and Facebook have demonstrated there’s a place for scale-out architectures too.

Join us for a discussion on the difference in design and approach between scale up and scale out solutions, focusing on the benefits and disadvantages of each. The presentation will cover both storage and hyper-converged solutions, with a review of the products in the marketplace today, including leading vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

Sign up for this webinar to learn:

  • What are scale out solutions?
  • Differences and benefits of scale out vs traditional scale up solutions
  • Challenges in delivering scale out architectures
  • How scale out helps deliver hyper-converged compute and storage solutions
  • How to decide whether scale out or scale up is right for you
  • Vendor roundup – scale out hardware and software offerings in the marketplace today

Register here!
9 December

Live Webinar: How to build Microsoft Scale-Out File Server without SAS JBODs

Speakers: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Microsoft Scale-Out File Server is a new efficient storage solution for Hyper-V and SQL. SoFS uses SMB 3.0 to eliminate all the complexity of traditional shared storage and leverages the clustering capabilities to maintain true storage high availability. While most of the vendors show how SoFS is configured with shared JBOD storage, we will show you how to configure it with just local storage and zero additional hardware.

Watch the webinar and learn how:
  • How to reduce deployment costs by excluding shared SAS JBOD infrastructure
  • How to enable the use of local high capacity SATA, high speed PCIe SSD, and commodity SATA SSD as storage for SoFS
  • Leverage RAM cache from read-only to a distributed write cache


Watch now!
3 December

Live Webinar: Building The Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster on Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server - Practice

Speakers: Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Experts from 5nine Software and StarWind Software proceeded with their break-out session on the creation of cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster.

The record of the first webinar

Watch now!
20 November

Live Webinar: Protecting Virtual Machines Using Data Replication

Speakers: Matt Price, Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software
Host: Chris M. Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

With a need for 24/7 operations, protecting data in ways that minimize downtime is an essential requirement for all IT departments. Data replication is a key tool that enables virtualization administrators to deliver continuous operations in virtual server environments. There are important considerations which determine where best to implement replication technology.

This webcast discusses the technical options available and how to choose the right product for your needs. Find out:
  • Why data replication is needed in your IT environment
  • A definition of data replication, including the different modes of operation
  • Why array-based replication solutions aren’t ideal for virtualized environments
  • How to choose between volume-based or VM-based replication tools
  • An overview of Veeam Backup and Replication, including replication features
  • An overview of StarWind Virtual SAN, including replication features

Watch now!
13 November

Webinar: Reduce Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Expenses with Windows Server Clustering and Geo-Clustering

Speakers: Michael Otey, senior technical director for Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro,
president of TECA
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Today more than ever businesses of all sizes need the maximum levels of availability and reliability for their business critical applications. It's important to reduce IT expenses and make your business comply with the legal requirements by implementing a comprehensive BC/DR (Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery) strategy. This webcast explains why having an effective disaster recovery plan is so important and how this differs from simple application or server resiliency. Speakers discuss technical issues involved in implementing DR in a virtual server environment and show how using the StarWind Virtual SAN solution can help increase the availability of business critical workloads. Topics covered include:
  • Windows Failover Clustering requirements
  • Quorum, networking and storage considerations
  • Geo-Clustering for disaster recovery
  • Using StarWind Virtual SAN with hyper-converged multi-node scale-out clusters

After attending this webcast you'll be better able to meet your organization's BC/DR requirements for your business critical workloads.

Watch now!
11 November

Live Webinar: Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster Using Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Speakers: Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Experts from 5nine Software and StarWind showed how to create a cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster.
They discussed the best practices on how to:
  • Benefit from highly available Hyper-V failover cluster
  • Simplify the cluster and VM management using 5nine Manager for Hyper-V
  • Cut costs, increase resilience and minimize hardware footprint with StarWind Virtual SAN
  • Adopt the needs of your environment with easy scale up and scale out

Watch now!
6 November

Webinar: How to Reduce Disaster Recovery Expenses up to 50%
DR & BC Best Practices for Virtual Environments

Speaker: Chris M Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

Want to reduce IT expenses and help your business comply with the legal requirements? To do so, you’ll need to implement a comprehensive Business Continuity / Disaster Recovery (BC / DR) strategy.

Learn why having an effective disaster recovery plan is so important and the additional protection one gets you over simple application or server resiliency. We’ll discuss the technical details involved in implementing a DR strategy in a virtual server environment that includes the StarWind Virtual SAN solution.

Watch now!
28 - 31 October

StarWind Virtual SAN at TechEd 2014 Europe

We were glad to meet and talk with everyone who visited our booth at TechEd 2014 in Barcelona!
Congratulations to the winners of our sessions – Andrew Vickers, Senior Analyst of Newcastle University and Andrew Waples, IT Director of Rugby School!

You can download a free version of StarWind Virtual SAN to create a software-defined storage native to Hyper-V.
Learn more


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14 - 16 October

StarWind at VMworld 2014 Europe

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at VMworld 2014 in Barcelona! It was a great pleasure to meet you and to have a chance to talk!
Congratulations to our winners - Andrey Kovtun, Raiffeisen Bank Aval; Hendricus Kramer, PepperByte; Alexey Zakharov, Inline Group!

Also, as you may know, during the event we presented FREE Virtual SAN for vSphere! Free Virtual SAN is available for download.

Learn more
 
9 October

Webinar: How to Achieve High Availability and Protection from External Threats for Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Speakers: Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

View this webcast to learn how to achieve high availability and protection from external threats for Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Discover best practices on how to:
  • Leverage extensibility of Hyper-V virtual switch to provide efficient network security
  • Improve performance and protection with virtual firewall and agentless antivirus using 5nine Cloud Security
  • Achieve true high availability and Hyper-V cluster resilience with StarWind Virtual SAN
  • Minimize the number of hardware components while leveraging configuration reliability

Watch now!
1 October

Webinar: StarWind Virtual SAN break-out session: Hyper-converged storage for Hyper-V clusters

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Watch the demonstration of StarWind Virtual SAN to see the software from a user’s perspective. Learn how to configure a fault-tolerant Hyper-V cluster using just two commodity servers and no extra hardware.

Watch now!
30 September

Webinar: VEEAM Backup & Replication vs. StarWind Virtual SAN: Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Run Entirely by RTO / RPO Numbers

Speakers: Ryan Post, Inside Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software
Host: George Crump, Senior Analyst, Storage Switzerland, LLC

Should I use VEEAM Backup & Replication to meet my disaster recovery plan needs? Or should I use StarWind Virtual SAN for business continuity? Or should I use both? Two products or not.
Watch StarWind and Veeam collaborate webinar to find out how to pick the right tools to meet the business continuity challenges and take full control of your RTO and RPO.

Watch now!
24 September

Webinar: Software-Defined Storage Architecture: Optimizing Business Value and Minimizing Risk in Microsoft/VMware Storage Strategies

Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International

Sifting through the marketing hype from VMware and Microsoft regarding their "server-side software-defined storage models" can be almost as challenging as understanding the underlying technical issues that software-defined storage seeks to solve. What is needed is a clear headed analysis of the storage challenges created by virtual server computing, the benefits and limitations of competing software-defined approaches to addressing them, and what alternatives exist that might provide highly available and scalable storage capacity in a business-savvy way. Learn more

In this webcast, storage expert Jon Toigo:
  • Provides a brief retrospective on the drivers of software-defined storage
  • Delivers a snapshot of the current approaches of the leading hypervisor vendors for delivering SDS architecture
  • Identifies the key requirements that have yet to be met

Watch now!
16 September

Webinar: New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers

Speaker: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO

What is the trick to supporting growth for your Microsoft environment without breaking your budget, or causing performance problems? Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) is the Microsoft solution for enabling a flexible, scalable resilient data infrastructure supporting Windows, Hyper-V and SQL Server environments.
Watch this webinar with Greg Schulz, Founder of Server and StorageIO to learn how to scale with stability of Microsoft SOFS environments including:

  • Explore SOFS issues, challenges and opportunities
  • Scaling SOFS with flexibility and resiliency
  • Leverage RAM and flash SSD as a write-back cache
  • Server side PCIe, SAS and SATA storage options
  • Stretch your budget further using less hardware
  • Flexible networking with your server and storage
  • Boosting performance and increasing flash SSD life
  • Reduce your data footprint impact with deduplication

Watch now!
9 September

Live Webinar: Building a Highly Available Hyper-V Cluster Using Free Microsoft Hyper-V Server

Speakers: Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Virtualization experts from 5nine and StarWind tell how to create a cost effective and highly available Hyper-V failover cluster.
Discover best practices on how to:

  • Benefit from highly available Hyper-V failover cluster
  • Simplify the cluster and VM management using 5nine Manager for Hyper-V
  • Cut costs, increase resilience and minimize hardware footprint with StarWind Virtual SAN
  • Adopt the needs of your environment with easy scale up and scale out

Watch now!
2 September

Webinar: New Microsoft Storage Best Practices for Hyper-V & SQL Server: SMB 3.0 and Scale-Out File Servers

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Windows Server 2012 R2 does SMB 3.0 as a new generation of fast and convenient storage for Hyper-V and SQL server.
Watch this webcast to learn how to build a robust and cost effective SoFS cluster with maximum performance and minimum hardware footprint.


Watch now!
24 - 28 August

StarWind at VMworld 2014 US | booth # 401

Thanks to everyone who visited our booth at VMworld 2014 US! We hope that stand-up sessions with our special guest Greg Schulz, Founder of StorageIO, were interesting for you. If you didn’t have a chance to attend VMworld US or you missed one of Greg Schulz's sessions, we invite you to watch this video.

Also, as you may know, we presented FREE Virtual SAN for vSphere at VMworld US! Free Virtual SAN is available for download.
Learn more
20 August

Webinar: Hyper-Converged or Compute and Storage Separated - Which is Best for Virtualization

Speaker: Chris M Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

Hyper-converged solutions are all the rage these days, with startup vendors making great advances in the marketplace. There are advantages to merging compute and storage into a single package, but are there benefits to keeping the storage and compute layers separate too?

From this webinar, you will learn:
  • Market overview and definition of hyper-converged and non-hyper-converged solutions
  • Issues with using legacy "monolithic" storage with virtual environments
  • A view of distributed storage solutions
  • A definition of scale out storage architectures including software-only solutions

Watch now!
7 August

Webinar: Hardware agnostic Virtual SAN for VMware ESXi Free

Speakers: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Unlock the full value of hardware agnostic, server-based storage for VMware ESXi Free environments with software defined storage management solutions. Learn how to address cost, service, growth, and flexibility challenges in a VMware environment.

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30 July

Webinar: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2: Deduplication, Backup & Primary VM Storage

Speakers: Ryan Post, Inside Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Data deduplication is not a lofty feature anymore, and nowadays it becomes synonymous with storage for virtualization environments. With a variety of deduplication solutions available on the market it’s often hard to distinguish which one fits your environment best.

Watch this webinar to learn more about why, when, and especially how to use data deduplication efficiently in different virtualization scenarios.


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23 July

Webinar: Going Hyper-Converged with Software Defined Storage

Speaker: Chris M Evans, Independent Consultant, Langton Blue Ltd.

As the concept of hyper-convergence (combining compute, networking and storage) continues to gain acceptance and adoption, Chris Evans and Max Kolomyeytsev discuss what features to expect from hyper-converged solutions and how they can be delivered exclusively through software. As well as a technical discussion of the issues, this webcast looks at vendor implementations from VMware’s VSAN to StarWind Virtual SAN platform.

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13 - 17 July

Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014

StarWind will be a sponsor at Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 in Washington D.C.
Come and visit us on stand # 2320.


2 July

Webinar: Software Defined Storage: Save money, use less hardware

Speakers: Greg Schulz, Founder, StorageIO
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Unlock the full value of server-based storage for Hyper-V environments with software defined storage management solutions. View this recorded webinar to learn how to address economic, service, growth, flexibility and other business and technology challenges in a Microsoft Hyper-V environment.

Watch now!
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