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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on October 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere Linux Software RAID configuration

StarWind & VMware vSphere users get unrestricted VSAN from StarWind features, storage capacity, and outstanding cost-efficiency. Using StarWind VSAN, the process of deploying VMs, providing fault-tolerant storage, connecting it to hypervisor, and creating highly available VMs becomes a “piece o’ cake!”. But what about software RAID configuration? How not to get lost in a variety of choices between the different RAID levels?

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Posted by Alex Samoylenko on October 23, 2018
Reclaiming guest OS storage in VMware vSAN 6.7 U1 with TRIM/UNMAP process

Everyone knows that modern operating systems write data into the empty blocks but not in the ones that are just marked as deleted. VMware vSAN 6.7 Update 1, TRIM/UNMAP feature to be exact, will help you to easily restore data that marked as deleted. For space-saving concerns, vSAN allows creating thin provisioned disks that grow gradually as they are filled with data.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 16, 2018
Build a Kemp LoadMaster HA Cluster

A Kemp LoadMaster appliance is a critical service for load balancing and application content delivery. Thanks to flexible deployment options for a wide range of hypervisors and cloud platforms, Kemp LoadMaster allows you to distribute user traffic and improve application performance in private and hybrid cloud systems intelligently and efficiently. At the same time, usually Kemp is in front of critical services such as E-mail, web applications, SharePoint and if you lose it, you’ll get service outage. Deploying an HA cluster will solve this problem and provide a high availability, especially for a physical appliance!

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Posted by Paolo Valsecchi on October 11, 2018
Migrate On-Premises Virtual Machines to AWS

Migration of virtual machines is an important feature of virtualization technology that allows applications to move transparently along with their runtime environments between physical machines. AWS Server Migration Service (SMS) allows the migration of one or multiple on-premises virtual machines to AWS in an easy way from a single pane of glass. Plan, automate, and track step-by-step replication of running server volumes with just one tool — the AWS console!

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Posted by Vladan Seget on October 9, 2018
Windows Admin Center for Windows Server 2019 – Getting Started

Windows Server 2019 was released the 4th of October 2019. This was very expected and highly attended release of the latest Microsoft Server Operating system (OS). Microsoft has also released a new free utility called Windows Admin Center (WAC) which can manage your whole production environment via web-based console.

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Posted by Vladyslav Savchenko on October 4, 2018
StarWind rPerf: All-in-one free tool for ensuring the maximum performance level of your RDMA network connections

Nowadays we often meet systems with RDMA connections configured for increasing the performance of the system. Also, it’s not a news that we can meet environments with the different OS installed. In our case, we will be looking into a vital aspect of the process – the performance of RDMA connections. So, let’s have a look at the configuration of RDMA and what we need for building and testing RDMA connections, problems that you possibly can face, and the final part is making it perform in a way that will make us happy. So, let’s start.

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Posted by Romain Serre on October 2, 2018
Deploy a virtual Kemp load-balancer appliance

Kemp provides a product called LoadMaster that provides a load balancer. Load Master is available in physical and virtual appliances. The virtual appliance is also called VLM (Virtual LoadMaster). LoadMaster can be deployed either in On-Prem and in Microsoft Azure. Today I wanted to show you how to deploy a VLM and the first configuration steps.

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Posted by Didier Van Hoye on September 27, 2018
Does low latency, high throughput & CPU offloading require RDMA?

Does low latency, high throughput & CPU offloading require RDMA? What? Blasphemy, how dare we even question this? In my defense, I’m not questioning anything. I am merely being curious. I’m the inquisitive kind. The need for RDMA is the premise that we have been working with ever since RDMA became available outside of HPC InfiniBand fabrics. For us working in the Windows ecosystem this was with SMB Direct. Windows Server 2012 was the OS version that introduced us to SMB Direct, which leverages RDMA.

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Posted by Alex Bykovskyi on September 25, 2018
StarWind Virtual SAN for vSphere

In this article, I discuss what VSAN from StarWind for vSphere is and how to set it up on the hardware RAID. StarWind VSAN for vSphere is a Software-Defined Storage solution that is designed specifically for vSphere environments. It comes as a preconfigured VM template, so just a couple of quick steps are needed to start running your vSphere environment on StarWind VSAN: download the solution, deploy it, and “play”. Here, I want to share some tips and tricks on working with VSAN for vSphere.

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Posted by Sergey Sanduliak on September 20, 2018
Take your backup infrastructure security and cost efficiency to the next level with StarWind Storage Gateway for Backblaze

This article describes StarWind Storage Gateway for Backblaze as a solution to make local backup applications operate seamlessly with a cloud object storage. This all-in-one solution combines the ability of a backup storage pool to offload the backup data to Backblaze B2 cloud storage, and immediately retrieve it – all at a bargain price.

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