Finally, StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance is available on Linux allowing you to save costs on Windows licensing. Being hypervisor-agnostic, StarWind VSA easily integrates into any IT infrastructure as a fully pre-configured virtual machine ready for deployment and operation. It simply installs in any existing environment requiring no specialized SAN skills and is managed using StarWind Web console or thick client allowing to control the entire storage infrastructure from a centralized console.
Join our Tap Room Meeting on April 27 11 am PT / 2 pm ET to see all benefits of the StarWind Linux-based VSA.
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Meet StarWind Virtual Storage Appliance on Linux
Deploying a 2-node StarWind VSAN Free for VMware ESXi 6.5
StarWind Virtual SAN Free allows deploying a 2-node cluster providing a highly available storage for your virtual machines to Hyper-V or ESXi hypervisor for free. When deploying multi VSAN Free nodes, the data is synchronized across the network between the nodes. StarWind VSAN Free can be deployed in a hyperconverged model where VSAN Free is installed on hypervisor nodes or in a disaggregated model with separated compute and storage resources. StarWind VSAN Free management capabilities include PowerShell, with StarWind Management console available as a 30-day trial.
Read the full article by Romain Serre, a Senior Consultant at Lyon to learn how to deploy a 2-node StarWind VSAN Free for VMware ESXi 6.5 on Windows Server 2016 Core Edition.
StarWind brings its software defined storage to Linux
StarWind gets closer to Linux users by providing them with special Linux-based Virtual Storage Appliance version combining the underlying OS and preinstalled StarWind Virtual SAN, allowing to save money on Windows Licensing when it’s unnecessary.
StarWind VSA is compatible with any hypervisor, be it Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESXi, Xen or KVM and can be managed via a Web Management Console while additionally containing a StarWind vCenter plugin allowing to manage the product directly from vCenter Server.
Read the full article by Vladan Seget, IT and Virtualization consultant to learn more about StarWind Virtual SAN on Linux
Comparing SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AGs) and Basic Availability Groups (BAGs): Cost and Features
AlwaysOn Basic Availability Groups (BAG) supported in SQL Server Standard Edition and AlwaysOn Availability Groups (AG) introduced in SQL Server Enterprise Edition were designed to create a replicated environment with improved failover capabilities. However, the two types provide different capabilities while also requiring different licensing costs.
Read the full article by Shashank Singh, Microsoft MVP, and SQL Server Architect to learn more about BAG and AG cost and functionality differences.
Migrating VMs becomes a piece of cake with a proper Virtual Machine Converter
Migrating your VMs from one hypervisor to another may be quite a complicated task if there’s no decent virtual machine converter at hand. Fortunately, there are various V2V tools allowing to turn this process into a simple thing. But, when choosing a V2V converter, there are several factors you should take into consideration.
Read the full article to learn how to choose a V2V converter that will become a perfect fit for your needs.
RE: Managing Hyper-V
StarWind is currently working on the new product - a flexible and customizable web-based platform which will allow users get the full control over their IT infrastructures from a single HTML5 graphical interface including S2D, Failover Clustering and Hyper-V. More information to be found in a nearby thread: https://mangolassi.it/topic/14114/help-starwind-to-pick-the-name-for-the-upcoming-product
Build a highly fault-tolerant IT infrastructure with StarWind HyperConverged Appliance
StarWind HyperConverged Appliance utilizes Local Reconstruction Codes, Replication, and Grid Architecture to provide an ultimate fault tolerance rate while delivering sustained high performance. With StarWind HCA, the whole infrastructure remains operational even after multiple disk or node failures. In case a failure occurs, applications are automatically recovered to working cluster disks or nodes, allowing to easily withstand a failure of more than 50% of the cluster nodes.
Watch our video to learn how to get uncompromised resiliency with StarWind HCA
Using Powershell for Hyper-V VMs Automatic Deployment in Windows Server 2016
With PowerShell, automatic deployment of Hyper-V VMs in Windows Server 2016 becomes a piece of cake
No doubts, commercial software for automatic VM deployment is great, but it may be too expensive comparing to the goals that need to be achieved. That’s where PowerShell kicks in. With PowerShell commands, the creation and configuration of Hyper-V virtual machines in Windows Server 2016 become a fairly simple thing. But, what is more important, you can create a script which deploys VMs of the same configuration automatically.
Read the full article by Boris Yurchenko, a Support Engineer at StarWind, to learn how to automate your VMs deployment with PowerShell in Windows Server 2016.
S stands for security. Find out which certificate ensures the connection safety.
Installing an HTTPS certificate is just a tip of the iceberg. This certificate has a huge number of options that usually are hidden deep inside config files. Actually, these tiny details allow distinguishing a site that can be rendered vulnerable via HTTPS downgrade attack and the one that is really secure.
Read the full article by Gary Williams, a virtualization, storage, and Windows systems administrator, to achieve the highest security.
StarWind reveals new backup storage technology at Storage Field Day 15
StarWind team will take the floor at Storage Field Day 15 to reveal new awesome backup storage technologies: Virtual Tape Library with Cloud and Object storage and backed by ProActive Support! Our speaking slot is the first in line: March 9, 8-10 am PT, don’t miss it!
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Mobile Device Management Systems Importance for Remote Work
Having unmanaged remote endpoints, overall, and in remote work specifically, can lead to unauthorized data access, data leakage, or even worse security compromise cases. Mobile Device Management solutions will allow you to tailor security policies, push security policies, settings and software on your employee remote-access devices, and identify potential vulnerabilities.
Read the new article by Benoit Voirin, a cybersecurity consultant, about the importance and benefits of Mobile Device Management solutions for your cybersecurity in novel conditions of remote work.
StarWind Success Story: Adopt the latest business-oriented technology solutions
Synergium, an international translation and localization company, needed to introduce cutting-edge translation technology badly to accelerate its business growth. However, its SAN implementation represented a single point of failure (SPOF) putting in jeopardy not only the possibility of new technology implementation but also the data security and business continuity. StarWind helped Synergium to eliminate a SPOF issue and create a highly available IT environment allowing for up-to-the-minute translation technology adoption.
Find out how Synergium was able to finally introduce the innovative translation technology successfully thanks to StarWind solving its SPOF problem and helping it to create a highly available storage pool at no extra costs.
Enterprise Storage Forum Top 20 HCI Vendors 2021
Enterprise Storage Forum (ESF), a knowledge platform for CTOs, storage admins and architects, published its Top 20 Hyperconverged Infrastructure Vendors 2021. StarWind and its HyperConverged Appliance (HCA), unsurprisingly, were included in the list as well. ESF highlights financial and technical benefits reported by StarWind users.
Check out the new Enterprise Storage Forum Top 20 HCI Vendors 2021 to see a buying guide to HCI solutions and who are considered among the best along with StarWind.
StarWind VSAN: User-Favorite SDS on TrustRadius in 2021
StarWind Virtual SAN is a user-favorite software-defined storage (SDS) solution on TrustRadius. Our customers love that VSAN is hypervisor-agnostic, provides good value, easy implementation, high performance, and comes with excellent support! Users saw reduced costs and prefer StarWind SDS to other alternatives.
Download our intuitive StarWind VSAN Trial that takes just a few minutes from download to full use and play around to see what all the hype is about 😉
How to Add Multi-Factor Authentication to Your Linux SSH
Cybersecurity threats increase by the day, especially, with the widespread adoption of remote work. To reduce compromise odds, you can add multi-factor authentication to any applications that require logging in. Adding a token-based security layer, for example, to your Linux SSH will boost your chances against threats via the network.
Read the new article by Karim Buzdar on how to set up multi-factor authentication for SSH on Linux now.
StarWind Success Story: LighChange Finds Its Dream HA Provider
LightChange was looking for a real-time storage replication provider for its customer, an Internet service provider (ISP). The ISP had two geographically disparate SANs, the 2nd one being for an imperfect failover only. Thanks to StarWind, LightChange was able to repurpose both SANs into full production while also achieving flawless HA ready for any disasters.
Find out how LightChange repurposed the existing infrastructure into an HA storage pool without having to buy any new expensive proprietary components thanks to StarWind.
StarWind Success Story: NCOL Internet attains clarity in business management
NCOL Internet, a Canadian custom web application provider, had an IT infrastructure consisted of on-premises Windows servers kept in sync with Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) and Hyper-V on top. The company's IT budget was burdened by time-consuming and costly operations associated with managing many DFS installations. With StarWind, NCOL Internet gets a cost-effective and easy-to-handle solution to its problems saving over $30K on business development and growth.
Find out how NCOL Internet builds the IT infrastructure humming along smoothly and achieves simplicity and clarity in business operations with StarWind.
Enhance Azure Portal Security with Multi-Factor Authentication
You can increase your Azure Portal Security by configuring Conditional Access, an Azure Active Directory (AD) Premium P1 feature, to enforce multi-factor authentication. The feature collects various signals from user IP location to group membership, allows you to see them in real-time, and decide whether to allow or deny application access to AD or allow limited access.
Read the article by Romain Serre, a Microsoft MVP, on how to configure the Conditional Access feature to impose multi-factor authentication to tighten your Azure AD security.
T_HQ on StarWind’s Dedication to Best Price-Quality HCI
Usual misconceptions about hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) don’t apply to StarWind. We make HCI appropriate and beneficial for deployments of any size, optimizing their IT infrastructure resources to increase ROI. Our HCI Appliances are all-flash with top-shelf components offered at accessible prices. And, finally, we tailor each HCI appliance to each client without extra costs, licensing tiers, or other BS.
Read the new T_HQ article on how StarWind breaks all stereotypes by offering cutting-edge HCI appliances with unrivaled performance that comes at SMB price.
How to Schedule Maintenance and Auto-Upgrade for AKS
Microsoft has recently added two new features to help with your daily Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) work. The first feature allows you to schedule maintenance windows every week to minimize workload impact. The second one offers different auto-upgrade variations where you can tweak what’ll happen to your existing version, when, and how.
Read the new guide by Florent Appointare, a Microsoft Engineer, on how to use the new scheduled maintenance and auto-upgrade features for your AKS cluster work.