StarWind Software Becomes IBM Business Partner

StarWind To Offer Open iSCSI SAN on IBM Servers making Leading Storage Virtualization Solution Available to IBM Server Customers and VARs

Burlington, Mass. – March 19, 2009 – StarWind Software, the global leader in storage virtualization and iSCSI SAN software, today announced it has joined IBM's PartnerWorld technology alliance program. By becoming an IBM partner, StarWind is further enhancing its relationship with IBM and is taking the step to integrate its signature StarWind iSCSI SAN software with IBM servers such as IBM x3655 and IBM BladeCenter to provide its channel partners with more choices and flexibility for their customers' SAN and virtualization deployments.

As part of the PartnerWorld program, StarWind and IBM commit to working together on joint marketing, collaborative selling, software integration and performance optimization. The relationship will deliver enhanced disaster recovery and business continuity for IBM customers. StarWind will enable IBM customers to cluster their IBM System X servers running Windows Server 2008 for high availability and disaster recovery allowing StarWind iSCSI SAN to function as shared storage for server clusters, offering enterprise-class features such as CDP & Snapshots and Mirroring & Replication.

"We are pleased to join the PartnerWorld network to market our joint solutions to customers. IBM customers can now run StarWind iSCSI SAN on high-performance IBM System X servers for disaster recovery and virtualization projects," said Zorian Rotenberg, President and CEO, StarWind Software. "Our partnership with IBM not only broadens our reach but also provides IBM customers with one of the most advanced, reliable and affordable iSCSI SAN solutions available today."

StarWind iSCSI SAN Server 4.0, is a cost-effective, open iSCSI SAN software solution that can be installed on a high-performance server such as IBM x3655 running Windows Server 2008, converting it into a reliable, powerful, and full-featured SAN. Designed to work with leading virtualization solutions such as VMware ESX, StarWind iSCSI SAN supports IBM System X and IBM BladeCenter servers listed within VMware ESX Hardware Compatibility List (HCL). The combination of IBM x3655s with its 1.8 TB hot-swap, high-performance, serial-attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives or 4.5 TB hot-swap SATA drives with StarWind iSCSI SAN is an ideal choice for high I/O and transactional applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, and Oracle. StarWind also supports IBM’s AIX iSCSI Initiator.

IBM's PartnerWorld is a marketing and enablement ecosystem designed to create new revenue and market opportunities for IBM's Business Partners and provide customers with e-business solutions including products, services, technologies and financing. The partnership provides StarWind with access to IBM's customers and partners and assures IBM customers that StarWind iSCSI SAN has passed rigorous testing with IBM System X servers.

IBM customers can download StarWind iSCSI SAN 4.0 trial at the company website www.StarWindSoftware.com which takes less than 20 minutes to download and install.

About StarWind Software Inc.
StarWind Software is a leading global provider of reliable, powerful and affordable iSCSI SAN and storage virtualization solutions. StarWind Server is an iSCSI SAN software that converts any Windows Server into a powerful SAN and is designed for use with solutions such as 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 IP 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 pioneered the iSCSI SAN industry and has been the solution of choice for thousands of global customers in over 50 countries, from small and mid-size businesses, to governments, and to Fortune 1000 clients.

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