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StarWind Releases iSCSI SAN 4.0, Support for Virtualized Environments and Windows Server Clusters

Affordable Storage Virtualization Solution with Enterprise-Class Features, Reliability, Manageability and Data Protection

BURLINGTON, Mass., February 18, 2009 – StarWind Software, a leading global provider of storage virtualization software, today released the fourth generation of its signature StarWind Server iSCSI SAN to the mainstream market. The new version includes advanced features such as CDP & Snapshots, Mirroring & Replication and Thin Provisioning, and is optimized for Windows Server clusters and for virtualized environments including VMware ESX, VMware ESXi and Microsoft Hyper-V.

"We are really excited to release the new version of our flagship StarWind Server product. It is the most cost-effective iSCSI storage solution for small and midsize companies that offers high performance and enterprise-class features at an affordable price," said Zorian Rotenberg, president and CEO, StarWind Software. "In today's environment, our customers are looking for products that do more with less and StarWind is the ideal IP SAN solution that delivers for this need."

StarWind Server 4.0 is an iSCSI Target that installs on any Windows server and converts it into a high-performance SAN. It can be installed with VMware ESX and VMware ESXi or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualized environments and can be used for consolidation and data migration. The product allows customers the ability to run inside a VM itself. StarWind also supports Microsoft Windows Server Cluster environments with applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Exchange. Additionally, it supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) networks for environments where speed is critical.

New features in StarWind Server 4.0 include:

•    CDP & Snapshots – Customers can simplify Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery operations with point-in-time live snapshots. A storage administrator can access snapshot copies to recover individual files or folders from the volume, or rollback an entire volume to a point prior to failure.

•    Mirroring & Replication – System administrators can protect critical data using remote asynchronous replication and synchronous mirroring between SAN servers. Software mirror (RAID1) and iSCSI replication enable volume/site recovery for uninterrupted operations and business continuity in case of disk failure or a disruptive event.

•    Thin Provisioning – Now customers can increase storage utilization by using storage only when they need it instead of buying extra disks ahead of time. Thin Provisioning allocates only as much space as is necessary for data being written on that volume, reducing costs and storage requirements while raising efficiency.

•    Virtual Tape Library (VTL) – VTL allows customers to substitute or complement tape backup with significantly faster and simpler disk-based backup and recovery without disruption to existing infrastructure.  Designed to replace traditional disk-to-tape backup with more robust disk-to-disk solution which can also facilitate disk-to-disk-to-tape process by storing large volume of data on a single, manageable system.

“We invested a lot of time and effort in evaluating which IP SAN had the necessary features to work with virtualized environments and which we could really rely on” said Bernard Bene, a Systems Engineer at L-3 Communications. “We identified that StarWind gave us a lot for a very affordable price and we’re very happy with it. There was nothing else out there with comparable functionality and reliability at this price.”

Pricing and Availability

StarWind Server 4.0 is available immediately, with North American prices starting at $995 USD for the base IP SAN, and $2,995 USD for the Enterprise Edition which includes CDP & Snapshots, Mirroring & Replication, Thin Provisioning and VTL features.  More information, including free trial downloads, is available at http://www.starwindsoftware.com/starwind-server.

About StarWind Software Inc.

StarWind is a leading global provider of reliable, powerful and easy-to-use iSCSI SAN storage products. StarWind Server is a software iSCSI Target that converts any Windows server into a high-performance SAN and is specifically designed for use with VMware ESX and VMware ESXi, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Microsoft Windows Server clusters for databases applications such as Oracle, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint Server. StarWind is an affordable SAN solution and combines an ease of use with enterprise-class features such as Mirroring and Replication, CDP and Snapshots, Thin Provisioning and Virtual Tape Library (VTL). Since 2003, StarWind has been the solution of choice for thousands of customers in over 50 countries, from small and mid-size businesses, to governments, and to the Fortune 1000 clients. For additional information regarding StarWind Software, please visit www.StarWindSoftware.com.

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John Welch, 1-617-449-7717
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