Microsoft Ukraine and StarWind Software Introduce a Unique Solution for Business Virtualization

Affordable Virtualization is a joint project by Microsoft Ukraine and StarWind that will provide Ukrainian SMBs and corporations with comprehensive cost-effective solutions for virtualization.


Wakefield, MA – August 15, 2013 - StarWind Software, storage virtualization software provider, and Microsoft Ukraine, the Ukrainian branch of the multinational corporation that delivers the world’s leading software solutions, introduce an exclusive joint offer – a solution for business virtualization. This offer enables customers to accelerate physical-to-virtual migration, provides reliable data protection, simplifies storage management and reduces overall IT costs.

The affordable offer from Microsoft Ukraine and StarWind allows customers to buy two Windows Server 2012 licenses with a 15% discount, and a StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V license with a 50% discount.

StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V is a software product that creates iSCSI-based shared storage for Hyper-V virtual environments. The software is installed on two Hyper-V servers and requires only one StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V license to create a fault-tolerant cluster. With this solution customers get a wide range of functions that enable business continuity and disaster recovery without external data storage or additional hardware. StarWind SAN fully supports Microsoft technologies, such as Live Migration and HA Clustering.

Microsoft Ukraine and StarWind offer two options to suit the scale of the business and customer requirements: SMBs are recommended the Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition (which allows two VMs on one hypervisor) and StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V with 4TB storage capacity; large companies are recommended the Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition (which allows an unlimited number of virtual machines) and StarWind Native SAN for Hyper-V with unlimited storage capacity.

This offer is available only through the distribution network of MUK Corporate Group till September 15, 2013.

“Together with Microsoft Ukraine we are very pleased to introduce a powerful and affordable solution for business virtualization,” says Phil Montgomery, StarWind Software CEO. “We are sure this solution will be popular. And hope that in a while it will become available in other European countries as well as in North America.”

“Affordable Virtualization is a unique solution for the Ukrainian IT market,” says Roman Shovkun, StarWind Software Vice President of Sales in EMEA. “Earlier, virtualization was estimated to cost tens of thousands of dollars, and only large companies could afford it. With our joint solution, virtualization becomes affordable for everyone.”

"This collaboration with Microsoft, the world leader in software development, is strategically important and high-priority for us. This joint solution demonstrates the quality of our products, increases the credibility of our company and raises brand awareness," says Irina Makarova, StarWind Software Marketing Vice-President in EMEA.

“This offer will be of particular interest to customers who want to protect their data, take advantage of virtualization and fault-tolerance, as well as get up-to-date powerful tools with zero hardware investment,” says Dmitry Turchin, Microsoft Ukraine Head of Business Group Servers.

About Microsoft Ukraine
Microsoft Ukraine is the Ukrainian branch of the multinational computer technology company. This branch was established in 2003 with its head office in Kiev. The company aims are: to develop the software market, to promote Microsoft products, to support partners and customers, to introduce and localize the company’s innovations and to implement social projects in Ukraine.

In 2008 Microsoft Ukraine joined the Association of Information Technology Enterprises of Ukraine and in 2009 it became a member of the Microsoft Government Security Program. In 2010 the company won the Ukraine national contest "Philanthropist of the Year" in the International Company category. In March 2012, a number of Microsoft products obtained the Certificate of Compliance from the Ukraine State Service for Special Communication and Information Protection.

About StarWind Software Inc.
StarWind Software is a globally known provider of storage management and SAN software for small and medium-sized companies. StarWind's flagship product is a storage solution that can make any standard Windows Server into a fault-tolerant iSCSI SAN. StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS is certified for use in VMware, Hyper-V, XenServer and Linux/Unix environments.

StarWind Software provides high availability, business continuity and disaster recovery technologies which were previously available only in high-end storage products. Advanced enterprise-level features offered by StarWind include: Automated Failover and Failback (High Availability), Deduplication, Continuous Data Protection (CDP) and Thin Provisioning.

StarWind has been a pioneer in the iSCSI SAN software industry since 2003. Today the company is the solution of choice for over 30,000 users worldwide, including small and medium-sized businesses, government agencies and Fortune 1000 companies.

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