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How Software-Defined Storage Enhances Hyper-converged Storage
This paper describes how to conquer the challenges of using SANs in a virtual environment and why organizations are looking into hyper-converged systems that take advantage of Software-Defined Storage as a solution to provide reliable application performance and a highly available infrastructure.
One of thefundamental requirements for virtualizing applications is shared storage.Applications can move around to different servers as long as those servers haveaccess to the storage with the application and its data. Typically, sharedstorage takes place over a storage network known as a SAN. However, SANstypically run into issues in a virtual environment, so organizations arecurrently looking for new options. Hyper-converged infrastructure is a solutionthat seems well-suited to address these issues.
 
By downloading thispaper you will:
 
  • Identify the issues with running SANs in virtualized environments
  • Learn why Hyper-converged systems are ideal for solving performance issues
  • Learn why Hyper-converged systems are ideal for remote offices
  • Discover real world use-cases where DataCore's Hyper-converged Virtual SAN faced these issues
Hyper-converged Infrastructure: No-Nonsense Selection Criteria
This white paper helps you identify the key selection criteria for building a business savvy hyper-converged infrastructure model for your business based on cost, availability, fitness to purpose and performance. Also, it includes a checklist you can use to evaluate hyper-converged storage options.
Hyper-converged storage is the latest buzz phrase instorage. The exact meaning of hyper-converged storage varies depending on thevendor that one consults, with solutions varying widely with respect to theirsupport for multiple hypervisor and workload types and their flexibility interms of hardware componentry and topology.
 
Regardless of the definition that vendors ascribe to theterm, the truth is that building a business savvy hyper-converged infrastructurestill comes down to two key requirements: selecting a combination ofinfrastructure products and services that best fit workload requirements, andselecting a hyper-converged model that can adapt and scale with changingstorage demands without breaking available budgets.
 
Download this paper to:
  • Learn about hyper-converged storage and virtualSANs
  • Identify key criteria for selecting the right hyper-converged infrastructure
  • Obtain a checklist for evaluating options
DataCore Virtual SAN – A Deep Dive into Converged Storage
Topics: DataCore, storage, SAN
This white paper describes how DataCore’s Virtual SAN software can help you deploy a converged, flexible architecture to address painful challenges that exist today such as single points of failure, poor application performance, low storage efficiency and utilization, and high infrastructure costs.

DataCore Virtual SAN introduces the next evolution in Software-defined Storage (SDS) by creating high-performance and highly-available shared storage pools using the disks and flash storage in your servers. It addresses the requirements for fast and reliable access to storage across a cluster of servers at remote sites as well as in high-performance applications.

Download this white paper to learn about:

•    The technical aspects of DataCore’s Virtual SAN solution - a deep dive into converged storage
•    How DataCore Virtual SAN addresses IT challenges such as single points of failure, poor application performance, low storage efficiency and utilization, and high infrastructure costs.
•    Explore possible use cases and benefits of DataCore’s Virtual SAN

Building a Highly Available Data Infrastructure
Topics: DataCore, storage, SAN, HA
This white paper outlines best practices for improving overall business application availability by building a highly available data infrastructure.
Regardless of whether you use a direct attached storage array, or a network-attached storage (NAS) appliances, or a storage area network (SAN) to host your data, if this data infrastructure is not designed for high availability, then the data it stores is not highly available by extension, application availability is at risk – regardless of server clustering.

Download this paper to:
•    Learn how to develop a High Availability strategy for your applications
•    Identify the differences between Hardware and Software-defined infrastructures in terms of Availability
•    Learn how to build a Highly Available data infrastructure using Hyper-converged storage

The State of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) in 2015
Topics: DataCore, storage, SAN, SDS
For the fifth consecutive year, DataCore Software explored the impact of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) on organizations across the globe. The 2015 survey distills the expectations and experiences of 477 IT professionals that are currently using or evaluating SDS technology to solve critical data storage challenges. The results yield surprising insights from a cross-section of industries over a wide range of workloads. The survey was conducted on April, 2015.
For the fifth consecutive year, DataCore Software explored the impact of Software-Defined Storage (SDS) on organizations across the globe. The 2015 survey distills the expectations and experiences of 477 IT professionals that are currently using or evaluating SDS technology to solve critical data storage challenges. The results yield surprising insights from a cross-section of industries over a wide range of workloads. The survey was conducted on April, 2015.

Vembu OffsiteDR Server: Optimize RPO & RTO While Enhancing DR Resilience
Vembu BDR’s data protection solution enhances DRM operations by eliminating all potential single points of failure for restore functions. Using Vembu BDR Suite, IT is able to replicate backup data from multiple BDR Backup servers to a system running OffsiteDR Server within their own data center. As a result, IT garners an alternate system from which to recover protected VMs and physical servers using the same procedures that IT administrators employ on a BDR Backup server.

The ability to configure and deploy high-performance VMs within a vSphere virtual environment continues to put CIO’s under increasing pressure to deal with the rampant bête noire of IT: business continuity. What started with Line of Business (LoB) driven Service Level Agreements (SLAs) requiring IT to meet rigorous Recovery Time and Recovery Point Objectives (RTO and RPO) has grown into an auditable ISO standard (ISO22301) and an emerging software niche for Disaster Recovery Management (DRM) systems.

For this analysis, openBench Labs assessed the performance and functionality of the Vembu OffsiteDR Server, a DRM device that increases the resilience of recovery processes. Their initial intent was to examine the ability to restore data in the event of a catastrophic failure in vSphere environment, including:

  • A VM running BDR Backup server,
  • an ESXi host, and
  • a SAN device.

The full capabilities of Vembu OffsiteDR Server, however, quickly revealed that the device had a much broader operational impact. With the installation of OffsiteDR Server on an external physical server, they were free to configure end-to-end backup and restore operations in a way that optimized RTO and RPO for all business-critical application scenarios running in vSphere test environment.

In openBench lab's test environment, the combination of Vembu OffsiteDR Server deployed on a physical server with a Vembu BDR Backup server deployed on a VM provided a value proposition that extended far beyond the enhancement of DRM recovery resilience. With OffsiteDR Server installed on a physical server, they were able to optimally leverage VM and physical server platforms to easily implement all of the data protection functionality provided by Vembu BDR Suite, leverage all of the performance optimizations available to VMs in a vSphere environment, and do so in the most cost-effective system configuration.

StarWind Cloud VTL for AWS and Veeam Installation and Configuration Guidance
This technical paper provides information on how to deploy StarWind Cloud VTL and configure the integration with Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).
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StarWind Virtual Tape Library (VTL) is a feature of StarWind Virtual SAN that eliminates the need for the physical tape by emulating industry-standard tape hardware and keeping all data on inexpensive, fast and high-capacity spinning disks. It is designed for SMB and Enterprise that either look to get rid of physical tapes completely or are willing to accelerate the backup process and add an extra level of protection. Even with explosive data growth, StarWind VTL fits the backup job into reasonable time-frame by accelerating it, so the process does not overlap with production time.

This guide is intended for experienced StarWind users, Windows system administrators and IT professionals who would like to configure StarWind Virtual SAN® solution. It provides step-by-step guidance on how to create the VTL device and configure replication with Amazon Web Services.

StarWind Manager
StarWind Manager is a software solution developed to assist system administrators in performing their basic routine duties. StarWind Manager helps implementing, managing and monitoring Software-Defined Storage systems built with such solutions as StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct, and Ceph.

StarWind Manager is a software solution that provides the ability to control the storage infrastructure regardless of hardware or software utilized. Thus, you can build your storage system using such Software-Defined Storage solutions like StarWind Virtual SAN, Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct and Ceph. StarWind Manager easily integrates into any existing infrastructure providing customers with a single control panel to manage it.

The first version of StarWind Manager comes as a “Preview Release”, and thereby supports only the first three features, while the others will be available in the upcoming releases:

·         Web-based interface

StarWind Manager provides a unified web-interface that allows monitoring your Software-Defined Architecture built with StarWind Virtual SAN, S2D or Ceph.

·         Server Health Monitoring

The software allows monitoring your server health irrespective of the hardware used to build the infrastructure. The web-based interface will provide the information on the CPU, memory, disk and storage utilization, as well as IOPS and latency.

·         Support for SDS platforms

As of now, StarWind Manager allows you monitoring the S2D infrastructure. In the upcoming releases, the software will be monitoring and managing the architecture built using StarWind Virtual SAN and Ceph storage platforms.

·         REST architectural paradigm

Designed with REST API, StarWind Manager allows adjusting the interface, as well as reconfiguring and creating plugins.

·         Hypervisor support

In addition to storage management, the software will allow you managing Microsoft Hyper-V hosts.
Ease of Management and Flexibility Lead to Long-Term Relationship for IGEL at Texas Credit Union
Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union was looking for a more powerful endpoint computing solution to deliver e-mail and core financial applications through its Citrix-based infrastructure to its end-users, and IGEL’s Universal Desktop thin clients and Universal Management Suite (UMS) software fit the bill.

Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union is more than just a bank. It is a financial cooperative intent on helping its members save time, save money and earn money. Over the years, the credit union has grown from providing financial resources to military service members and their families to serving hundreds of thousands of members across Texas and around the world. RBFCU has a presence in three major market areas — Austin, Dallas and San Antonio — and has more than 55 branches dedicated to serving members and the community.

First and foremost, RBFCU is people. It’s the more than 1,800 employees who serve members’ needs each day. It’s the senior team and Board of Directors that guide the credit union’s growth. It’s the members who give their support and loyalty to the credit union each day.

To help its employees provide the credit union’s members with the highest levels of services and support, Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union relies on IGEL’s endpoint computing solutions.

StarWind Swordfish Provider
StarWind Swordfish Provider simplifies management, monitoring and scaling of infrastructures based on StarWind Virtual SAN as well as environments where StarWind VSAN is combined with solutions from different vendors. Swordfish API is included in StarWind VSAN installation package, eliminating the need for a third-party software to administrate the infrastructure, and making StarWind deployment really simple.

In order to simplify the daily routine of IT and storage administrators, StarWind has added the support of Swordfish API to StarWind Virtual SAN. This allows managing, monitoring, allocating and scaling StarWind VSAN-based infrastructures and more complex setups combining StarWind VSAN and other solutions.  

StarWind Virtual SAN can be managed without any additional software such as PowerShell, WMI, SMI-S agent, Web GUI etc.

StarWind deployment and management becomes extra simple since Swordfish API is included as a part of StarWind Virtual SAN installation.

StarWind Virtual SAN easily integrates into any environment and allows easily communicating with the environment without specialized APIs and CLIs knowledge.