StarWind Software Joins Microsoft Virtualization Solutions Program


StarWind Strengthens its Commitment to Microsoft Hyper-V and Virtualization Technologies.

BURLINGTON, MA – April 29, 2009 – StarWind Software, a global leader in storage and iSCSI SAN software, today announced that it has joined the Microsoft Virtualization Solutions program. Becoming a part of Microsoft’s partner ecosystem allows StarWind to deliver robust, complete solutions for virtualized infrastructure to joint customers that run on Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server Clusters for high availability environments.

StarWind's flagship product, StarWind Server 4.0, is an open iSCSI SAN software that converts any 32-bit or 64-bit Windows server into a reliable and powerful SAN. StarWind Server allows customers to deploy a full-featured iSCSI SAN on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 which will optimize both physical and virtualized environments, and will also deliver advanced, enterprise-class functionality. It can be used as shared storage with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V virtualized environments. StarWind also supports Microsoft Windows Server Cluster environments with applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Exchange.

StarWind's iSCSI SAN is the ideal "shared storage" solution for building high availability virtual infrastructures with Microsoft Hyper-V. It is reliable and powerful yet very easy to administer. It turns any industry-standard Windows server into a shared storage solution for Hyper-V and works right over existing networks eliminating the need for high-cost proprietary hardware or networking equipment. Implementing a reliable shared storage with Hyper-V is becoming an industry "best practice."

StarWind provides shared storage and enhances Hyper-V's functionality by:
• Providing an extra layer of protection and higher data availability
• Reducing downtime to near zero with storage redundancy
• Improving hardware utilization by leveraging existing IT infrastructure
• Simplifying storage management for Hyper-V
• Protecting against a single point of failure

"We are excited about the closer relationship with Microsoft and their increased attention to virtualization solutions,” said Zorian Rotenberg, president and CEO of StarWind. “StarWind’s iSCSI SAN software is the perfect complement to Hyper-V environments, providing enterprise class features such as clustering and failover for disaster recovery and business continuity. Customers will find that StarWind is simple to install, easy to administer and very powerful, all at a truly affordable price. “


StarWind Enterprise 4.0 trial version is available for download through the company website at http://www.starwindsoftware.com/download-and-evaluate and takes less than 30 minutes to download and install. A technical whitepaper titled "Using StarWind with MS Server Clusters on Windows Server 2008" is available for download on the StarWind Software website.

Pricing and Availability

StarWind is currently available through authorized channel resellers. For further information, please contact StarWind software at 617-449-7717 or visit the company’s website www.StarWindSoftware.com.

About StarWind Software Inc.

StarWind Software is a leading global provider storage and open iSCSI SAN software. StarWind installs on and converts any Windows Server into a reliable, powerful and scalable SAN and is designed for use with solutions such as Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi and Microsoft Windows Server clusters for databases applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint Server. StarWind is an affordable iSCSI 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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Media Contact:
StarWind Software Inc.
John Welch, 1-617-449-7717
media@starwindsoftware.com 
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