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StarWind Software Releases Major Update to Unbreakable StarWind iSCSI Storage Solution

New StarWind 5.5 provides built-in heartbeat feature, fast synchronization option and improved performance

Burlington, Mass. – December 1, 2010 - StarWind Software Inc., a global leader in storage virtualization and a pioneer in iSCSI storage, today announced the release of StarWind 5.5, an iSCSI platform which turns any industry-standard x86 or x64 Windows server into a fail-safe, fault-tolerant storage device that will be continuously available even in the event of failure.

With this new release, StarWind is adding the new Heartbeat feature to its storage management software portfolio to guarantee synchronization channel stability by controlling synchronization channel loss situation without an additional network card being implemented. This new feature solves a single point of failure problem and prevents an isolation mode by choosing which node stays online serving the client’s requests and which node is alive but must stop serving until full recovery of synchronization channel. StarWind new version 5.5 key features include fast synchronization option for devices with write-back cache mode. This ensures that after restoring the state of one node failure, data synchronization will be performed much faster compared to the usual full synchronization mechanism. Thus recovery process will take less time than ever before.

“We continue to improve our solution to ensure that StarWind’s customers get the best value for their money. With this particular release StarWind made one more step to overtake the leadership in SMB storage market.“ said StarWind’s CEO Artem Berman.

About StarWind Software Inc.
StarWind Software is a global leader in Storage Virtualization and iSCSI storage for small and midsize companies. StarWind's flagship product is a storage virtualization software platform that turns any industry-standard Windows Server into a fault-tolerant, fail-safe iSCSI SAN. It is designed for use as networked storage for VMware, Hyper-V, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and other server applications configured in server clusters. StarWind Software is focused on providing small and midsize companies with affordable high availability technology which was previously only available in high-end storage products. The advanced, enterprise-class features include Synchronous Mirroring with Automated Failover and Failback, Remote Replication across a WAN, CDP and Snapshots, Thin Provisioning and Virtual Tape Array (VTA). Since 2003, StarWind has pioneered the iSCSI industry and has been the solution of choice for over 30,000 global users in over 100 countries, from small and midsize companies, to governments, and Fortune 1000 companies. For additional information regarding StarWind Software, please visit


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