Upcoming Events and Webinars

4 – 8 May
Meet StarWind at Microsoft Ignite 2015 at the Booth # 343
Add to Calendar 04-05-2015 08-05-2015 Meet StarWind at Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Booth # 343! Stop by our booth on 5 – 7, May, at 1 pm to hear the lastest news and trends in IT Virtualization from our special guest Jon Toigo and come to know StarWind New product offering of hyper-converged appliance which is native to all Microsoft tools.

After StarWind session enter a raffle to win one of three smarthwatches.

Learn more: https//www.starwindsoftware.com/ms-ignite-landing

Request a chance to schedule a personal meeting with Anton Kolomyeytsev, Founder and CTO, or Joseph Preston, VP of Sales.

Schedule a meeting: https//www.starwindsoftware.com/ms-ignite-landing
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Meet StarWind at Microsoft Ignite 2015 | Booth # 343!

Stop by our booth on 5 – 7, May, at 1 pm to hear the lastest news and trends in IT Virtualization from our special guest Jon Toigo and come to know StarWind New product offering of hyper-converged appliance which is native to all Microsoft tools.

After StarWind session enter a raffle to win one of three smarthwatches.

Learn more

Request a chance to schedule a personal meeting with Anton Kolomyeytsev, Founder and CTO, or Joseph Preston, VP of Sales.

Schedule a meeting





27 May
Add to Calendar 27-05-2015 27-05-2015 Live Webinar: Complete Hyper-Converged Solution for SMBs / ROBOs If your organization is evaluating or starting a Hyper-V deployment, join this webinar to hear the most important considerations when selecting your hardware, storage, management and security solutions. Get best practices from virtualization experts from StarWind, 5nine Software and xByte Technologies to understand how to optimize your hosts, centrally manage and protect your virtualized resources, and get the best performance and availability out of your storage. Consider Hyper-Converged Platform as a simplest step into virtualization world, associated with more than 50% savings and independence from hardware/software vendors.

Win one of 5 books of Aidan Finn “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide”

Register here: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/registration-for-the-webinar
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Live Webinar: Complete Hyper-Converged Solution for SMBs / ROBOs

27 May, 11:30 am PT / 2:30 pm ET

Speakers: Ryan Brown, CEO, xByte Technologies
Alexander Karavanov, Virtualization Security Engineer, 5nine Software
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

If your organization is evaluating or starting a Hyper-V deployment, join this webinar to hear the most important considerations when selecting your hardware, storage, management and security solutions. Get best practices from virtualization experts from StarWind, 5nine Software and xByte Technologies to understand how to optimize your hosts, centrally manage and protect your virtualized resources, and get the best performance and availability out of your storage. Consider Hyper-Converged Platform as a simplest step into virtualization world, associated with more than 50% savings and independence from hardware/software vendors.

Win one of 5 books of Aidan Finn “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide”

Register now!

3 June
Add to Calendar 03-06-2015 03-06-2015 Live Webinar: StarWind Seeks Bounty Hunters, Interested in Protecting the Rights of Hyper-V and Admins Ride with us and see how virtualization projects are developed completely free of charge on existing hardware. With StarWind Virtual SAN Free 2-Node edition for Hyper-V on the loose, this mission becomes a joyride. You don’t have to be deputy sheriff, MCP, MVP, MCT or have any other rank – it’s free for all Hyper-V users now! Just remember the secret password: DUALNODES

Join our webinar and claim your reward!

Win one of 5 books of Aidan Finn “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide”

Register here: https://www.starwindsoftware.com/registration-for-the-webinar-next
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Live Webinar: StarWind Seeks Bounty Hunters, Interested in Protecting the Rights of Hyper-V and Admins

3 June, 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Ride with us and see how virtualization projects are developed completely free of charge on existing hardware. With StarWind Virtual SAN Free 2-Node edition for Hyper-V on the loose, this mission becomes a joyride. You don’t have to be deputy sheriff, MCP, MVP, MCT or have any other rank – it’s free for all Hyper-V users now! Just remember the secret password: DUALNODES

Join our webinar and claim your reward!

Win one of 5 books of Aidan Finn “Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Installation and Configuration Guide”

Register now!

Past Events

23 April

Tap Room Meeting: One Does Not Simply Consider One Shared Storage Product For Hyper-V Environment. Or Does He?

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

One SDS to rule them all,
One SDS to find them,
One SDS to bring them all,
And in the virtualized environment bind them.

Take away!

21 April

Webinar: Make Your Storage Work For You: VAAI and ODX offload up to 30% of disk operations to the SAN

Speakers: Aidan Finn, Microsoft MVP, Technical Sales Lead at MicroWarehouse Ltd.
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

StarWind always considered virtual storage systems to be valued for uptime, performance and flexibility – take one out and the system is useless. Hypervisor CPU and Networking overhead is a common issue for operations like VM provisioning, migration, and cloning. There should be a way to enhance performance by offloading the unnecessary CPU load and shrinking the SAN traffic. ODX and VAAI features do exactly this by offloading routine disk tasks to the storage array so they will be executed more effectively. That is if your SAN supports one of these features. StarWind Virtual SAN does both – just saying.
Join Aidan Finn and Max Kolomyeytsev at this webinar dedicated to the use of Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) and APIs for Array Integration (VAAI). They will explain exactly how you can greatly enhance the storage system performance and increase VM density with Hyper-V and vSphere.

15 April

Webinar: Critical SQL Server Databases: Provide HA with SQL Server Failover Clustering and Cluster Shared Volumes

Speakers: Edwin Sarmiento, Microsoft SQL Server MVP and Microsoft Certified Master
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software

Highly-Available SQL Server with reliable Disaster Recovery is traditionally hard to achieve but necessary to have. We say it is possible to build a fully redundant SQL Server 2014 cluster with just 2 servers, StarWind Virtual SAN and Cluster Shared Volumes while implementing disaster recovery to several places with minimal RTO and RPO!

Watch the webinar to learn how to use Windows Server Failover Clustering with Cluster Shared Volumes to provide high availability and disaster recovery solutions for mission-critical SQL Server 2014 databases.

It shows how to configure a highly available SQL Server on top of Cluster Shared Volumes and also deal with the best practices and recommendations.

Watch now!

9 April

Tap Room Meeting:
Bluff in Hyper-Converged Stuff, and the Ways to See Through It

Host: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

So you’re out in a hunt for new components to start building a scalable virtualization environment at last. Now watch out, because you’re about to bite the bait set by hyper-converged computing vendors.
Some of the baits look as simple as price or feature, smart set up multiple baits like bluffing claims to be “hardware agnostic” or allowing for both scale up and scale out and then they increase their chance for luck of getting a backdoor to your IT budget.
You want to learn how to avoid these baits and caveats and build a truly robust and scalable virtualization environment without having to sell your car and house?
Watch our Tap Room Meeting and see how StarWind virtual SAN allows to create a highly available and scalable virtualization environment using any hardware and hypervisor of your choice.

Take away!

8 April

Webinar: Avoiding the Snake Oil in Software Defined Storage

Speaker: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International LLC

For the past 18 months, the technology trade press has been filled with articles by vendors and analysts proclaiming the emergence of an entirely new conceptualization of storage infrastructure: software defined storage. In this webinar, IT-SENSE editor, Jon Toigo, looks at the realities of virtual SANs from leading hypervisor vendors – their capabilities and limitations – and how they may be missing the storage requirements of smaller firms and companies that need to support remote and branch offices.

Watch now!

2 April

Tap Room Meeting: VMware and StarWind Virtual SAN: from Two, to Infinity and Beyond

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

Let's put all cards on the table: VMware is good, their VSAN is good. But does it good for all situations?

Get yourself on the most comfortable chair, open the whisky bottle, and watch why is it better to start with two shots instead of сhugging the whole bottle.

Take away!

25 March

Webinar: Scale Out Freely: No Hardware Lock-in

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Scale-out has come up as the technology to meet the constantly increasing demands to storage capacity. Unlike Scale-up it allows scaling horizontally. But it also has some caveats. In most cases you need to stick with specific hardware with none or limited configuration options, which is cost- and efforts- consuming. You have to follow only one scenario – “compute and storage separated” or hyper-converged one, which essentially kills the idea of flexibility. The entry price is also an issue since most of the vendors sell minimum 3 hosts, even if you just need 2 for your environment.

Watch the webinar to learn to avoid these caveats and benefit from:

  • Scale-out and scale up with NO hardware lock-in
  • Scale-out with ANY hypervisor
  • Support “compute and storage separated” and hyper-converged scenarios simultaneously
  • Asymmentric Scale-out

Watch now!

19 March

Tap Room Meeting: No Irish Handcuffs of Windows Server Solutions with StarWind Virtual SAN

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

Sometimes the IT cocktails taste much better rather than pure drinks. Few examples: Arak Typhoon has better aftertaste comparing to pure raki Moscow Mule gets results much faster comparing to pure vodka.
Windows Server may be less expensive and more efficient when talking about speed is mixed with StarWind.

Take away!

12 March

Tap Room Meeting: StarWind drop makes a pint of Microsoft Windows Server environment taste better

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

Sit comfortable in your sits, `cause on this tap room we will have a looong discussion about how exactly StarWind Virtual SAN allows Windows Server based datacenters squeeze out maximum from cost-, performance- and capacity-efficiency.

*Our Tap Room Meeting is the only one where you can make bubbles through a straw*

Take away!

10 March

Webinar: Microsoft Hyper-V: 4 Things You Should Know to Ensure Storage HA and Security

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

Data protection, storage security and 24/7 operations are minimum requirements for every IT infrastructure. Virtualization offers many benefits, but it makes these three items absolutely crucial for business continuity. All Hyper-V administrators must deliver storage high availability (HA), properly secure the virtual environment and have redundant disaster recovery plans in place.

5nine Cloud Security, 5nine Manager and StarWind Virtual SAN can help you:

  • Secure and protect stored data
  • Simplify network administration
  • Increase storage HA
  • Reduce expenses

Watch now!

5 March

Tap Room Meeting: Virtual Tape Library: VTLize You Backup Infrastructure

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department of StarWind Software Inc.

Backup Exec, Data Protection Manager, Veeam are included into the good old recipe of backup “to-tape” strategy. But a few drops of StarWind VTL may change the taste of traditional blend making it perfect.

Join our Tap Room for VTL workshop to learn how to accomplish the backup stategy on a new recipe.

Take away!

3 March

Webinar: 10x faster back-ups: Virtual Tape Libraries

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Tapes will never die. They are ideal for long-term vaulting and are an absolute winner in the capacity/price competition versus any disk storage.

But even being long lasting and cost-effective, tapes are considerably slower compared to even commodity hard disks. As amounts of data used by companies are constantly growing, tape backup speed becomes a major vulnerability in modern BC and DR strategies. As soon as a backup job exceeds its backup window, it starts consuming application performance during business hours. The problem is solved by rebuilding and extending the tape backup infrastructure, but it’s extremely cost-consuming. Or you can implement Virtual Tape Library to complement physical tape storage.

Watch the webinar to learn how to:

  • Shrink backup window by implementing Disk-to-Disk-to-Tape strategy using fast and cost-effective SATA as a primary backup storage
  • Keep up with regulatory requirements without disrupting IT infrastructure work
  • Replace physical tape with VTL completely

Watch now!

19 February

Tap Room Meeting: Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces: Get Rid of I/O Blender

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department of StarWind Software Inc.

To blend or not to blend, that is the question!
Whether tis Nobler in the mind of suffer
The I/O blender and bottlenecks of outrageous Fortune,
Or to take StarWind against a Sea of troubles?

…the only tap room that welcomes laughing out loud from under the table.

Take away!

18 February

Hyper-V Failover Clustering: Virtualizing ROBOs without Breaking the Bank

Speakers: Howard Marks, Founder and Chief Scientist, DeepStorage
Ryan Post, Inside Systems Engineer, Veeam Software, Inc.
Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Regardless of whether you call them stores, branch offices, plants or something else, remote sites present a unique set of engineering challenges. Customer facing applications require high availability but replicating the solutions we use in the data center to tens, or thousands of sites would cost more than the GDP of a small country.

Hyper-converged architectures, which turn server local storage into highly available, shared storage, promise to be more affordable, but some appliance solutions cost as much or more than the traditional server and SAN solutions.

This webinar explores how StarWind Virtual SAN can fulfill the promise of hyper-convergence providing a highly available platform for virtual machines while Veeam Availability Suite v8 protects it from the unexpected.

Watch now!

12 February

Tap Room Meeting: Create your ultimate blend of Microsoft Hyper-V and StarWind Virtual SAN

Host: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Blending IT solutions together is somehow similar to blending good scotch.
For that you need to have a 6th sense and the ability to predict not just for tomorrow, but for years ahead.
On this session we’ll show you what happens when you blend 2 servers with Windows Server 2012 R2, Hyper-V, and StarWind Virtual SAN.
This technological blend maintains a truly impressive palate:

  • High availability of your mission critical applications
  • Complete redundancy with just 2 Hyper-V servers
  • Performance unbeatable by dedicated storage solutions

Join our Tap room meeting to find out how to create your ultimate blend of Hyper-V virtualization and StarWind Virtual SAN.

StarWind encourages to virtualize responsibly!

Take away!

10 February

Webinar: How to Optimize Microsoft Hyper-V Failover Cluster and Double Performance

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

High availability in a virtualized workload may require to sacrifice failover cluster performance. Using an optimized for virtualization approach on data storage and virtual machines placement and protection will give you desired boost of performance.

Watch the webinar to learn how to:

  • Achieve true Hyper-V cluster high availability with just 2 Hyper-V hosts and zero storage hardware
  • Boost Hyper-V cluster performance by configuring automatic dynamic optimization
  • Effectively track VMs resources usage
  • Save an extra 30% of Hyper-V cluster resources by utilizing agentless antivirus

Watch now!

5 February

Tap Room Meeting: Just 2 VMware servers to enable Fault Tolerance of the entire system. Really

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

Tap room #4 will highlight the magic of enabling the business continuity with only two shots. StarWind Virtual SAN™ brings complete data protection by integrating with the existing infrastructure. That is for free, we swear.

Take away!

3 February

Webinar: Microsoft SQL server deployment price reduced thrice with StarWind Virtual SAN

Speaker: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

SQL AlwaysOn Availability Groups were the ultimate answer for anyone looking to cluster his database workloads for around seven years. And now shared-nothing local storage clustering makes it possible to build Microsoft SQL Server cluster using standard licensing and AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances to achieve true database high availability.
This introduces some serious advantages over the traditional AlwaysOn AG approach:

  • No SQL server enterprise licenses needed
  • Dramatically simplified configuration
  • No need for physical SAN or NAS storage

Watch the webinar to learn the new SQL clustering best practices.

Watch now!

29 January

Tap Room meeting: StarWind-flavored Hyper-V cluster and single malt Microsoft technologies

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

SoFS is now the trending Microsoft shared storage technology. So is StarWind Virtual SAN™ of StarWind Software. Both are great, but which one suits you best?
Sit back, make yourself comfortable and discuss it with Anatoly Vilchinsky, Head of Support Department at StarWind Software. You will learn the best cases for implementation scenarios and will see the StarWind Virtual SAN live demo.

Take away!

22 January

Tap Room meeting: Build a highly available Hyper-V cluster with just 2 physical servers using Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces

Host: Max Kolomyeytsev, Product Manager, StarWind Software Inc.

Building a Hyper-V cluster may seem a lofty goal if you only have 2 physical servers and no storage hardware.
See the record of the meeting to learn how to configure Microsoft clustered storage spaces without dedicated storage hardware and how to then deploy a Hyper-V cluster using this storage. All with just 2 physical servers.

Take away!

21 January

Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces and StarWind Virtual SAN: For a Complete Software-Defined Storage Solution

Speakers: Jon Toigo, Toigo Partners International LLC,
Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

Microsoft is enabling software-defined storage to work with its own hypervisor computing meme, building on its SMB 3.0 protocol and Storage Spaces technology. While the approach has its merits, building from the familiar to newer storage architectures, the resulting storage infrastructure is more of a scale out NAS than a Virtual SAN. With StarWind Virtual SAN technology, complimentary to Microsoft Hyper-V, a Virtual SAN may be implemented in a virtual Microsoft environment that delivers better resource utilization and greater overall cost efficiency.
Watch the webinar which elucidates the strengths and limitations of Microsoft Clustered Storage Spaces and how a Virtual SAN from StarWind Software can complement and improve on the infrastructure.

Watch now!

15 January

Tap Room meeting: Configuring High Availability on the VM level using just two Hyper-V nodes

Host: Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of Support Department, StarWind Software Inc.

First Tap Room meeting in 2015 took place in a relaxed atmosphere hosted by Anatoly Vilchinskiy, Head of the Support Department at StarWind Software Inc.
Watch how couple of StarWind pints can do single malt Hyper-V flavor even better.

Take away!

18 December

Scale Up is History! Is Scale Out the Future for Storage?

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.

Watch the webinar to learn the difference in design and approach between scale up and scale out solutions, focusing on the benefits and disadvantages of each. The presentation covers both storage and hyper-converged solutions, with a review of the products in the marketplace today, including leading vendors such as Microsoft and VMware.

Watch now!

17 December

Critical vSphere Applications: How to Create HA Shared Storage and Save Money

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?

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

Watch now!

11 December

Fighting the "I/O Blender" Effect in Virtual Environments StarWind Software’s Weapon of Choice Is a Log Structured File System (LSFS)

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.

Watch now!

9 December

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

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

Watch now!

3 December

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

Protecting Virtual Machines Using Data Replication

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

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!

17 November

Webinar: Virtual SAN: The "New" Storage Meme for Virtual Server Environments. StarWind Software’s Complimentary Technology for Realizing the Virtual SAN Vision

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 complements the VMware hypervisor delivering a more robust and capable Virtual SAN at a lower cost.

Watch the webinar to learn more about Virtual SAN, the capabilities of VMware’s preliminary offering, and the complementary product from StarWind Software.

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

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.

Join our webinar to 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.

During the webinar you'll learn:

  • The business need for BC/DR
  • Why BC/DR is different from simple hardware resiliency
  • Strategies for implementing BC/DR based on application and business Service Level Objectives
  • Choosing between storage array and hypervisor based recovery solutions
  • Choosing between VM-level and LUN-level recovery solutions
  • Technical solutions for BC/DR with virtual servers, including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere and open source platforms
  • Vendor roundup - 3rd Party recovery solutions for virtual environments

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

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

Speakers: 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

Speakers: 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

Speakers: 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

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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

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2 September

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

Speakers: 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.

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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.

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20 August

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

Speakers: 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

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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.

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