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StarWind iSCSI SAN&NAS V6 Enhanced by VMware Backup Plug-in

on Tuesday, 28 August 2012. Posted in General

StarWind iSCSI SAN&NAS V6 Provides Top-Grade High Availability and Unmatched Storage Efficiency

StarWind Software Inc., an innovative provider of storage virtualization software and VM backup technology, announced today the release of the new StarWind iSCSI SAN&NAS V6 and VMware Backup Plug-in Release Candidate.

The new version of StarWind storage software is improved by a three-node High Availability (HA) architecture that completely eliminates single point of failure and ensures business continuity with 99.9999% uptime and 50% higher performance*. Now, a high availability device can use different types of StarWind devices for storing data such as deduplicated device, thin-provisioned snapshot and CDP device, or DiskBridge device.

StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS v6 introduces the N+1 configuration that allows for building an on-site two/three-node HA cluster with off-site replication. The built-in WAN Replication creates a “last resort” disaster recovery site that can be located miles away from the main datacenter. StarWind WAN acceleration technology is based on deduplication, snapshots, and compression, in which their combined power ensures 50x-100x reduction of transmitted data and allows for the use of a slow WAN connection.

Furthermore, among the enhancements are new features such as clustered scale-out NAS and data deduplication. Clustered NAS (NFS & CIFS/SMB) is configured on top of the highly available iSCSI SAN. StarWind consolidates file and block level data in the common storage pool, thereby creating unified SAN/NAS storage. Consolidated storage simplifies configuration and maintenance and increases storage utilization rates.

StarWind in-line target-site data deduplication allows for saving up to 90% of disk space. As a result, StarWind maximizes resource utilization and minimizes disk space consumption.

Along with a release of the new version of its main storage software, StarWind introduces a powerful VMware Backup technology that is included as a plug-in. VMware Backup Plug-in Release Candidate is a robust and multi-functional backup solution for easy and fast VM backup and recovery that delivers affordability, cross-hypervisor support, agentless architecture, and built-in global deduplication.
The VMware Backup Plug-in stores VMware virtual machine data in the original VMDK file format. Besides the full VM backup, this technology provides an incremental backup option. It stores only those blocks that have changed since the last backup operation and ensures a considerable reduction of storage space requirements. VMware Backup Plug-in is integrated with StarWind Centralized Management Console that enables managing backup and storage from a single window.

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