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StorMagic SVSAN Storage Virtual Appliance Surpasses 1,000th Download

StorMagic®, a fast-growing developer of iSCSI SAN management software for virtualized server environments, today unveiled the results of its promotion following the launch of the SvSAN™ storage virtual appliance. Over the past six weeks, the website has been inundated with requests for the software, and, as a result, users have downloaded more than 1,000 copies of SvSAN.

“We came across the StorMagic SvSAN promotion and decided to try it out, because the software addresses a need that we have been unable to meet for some time,” said Jacob Cooper, president and owner of Cooplabs. “The SvSAN passed the test with flying colors; building the SAN with the VMware ESX host’s internal drives was very straightforward and, after only a few minutes, we were up and running.”

Many features of the StorMagic SvSAN have had a strong reception; from the VMware vCenterTM integration capability that allows end users to manage their datastores, RAID and iSCSI SAN right from within VMware vCenter, to using VMware VMotionTM without the need to purchase an expensive SAN, the feedback has been impressive. The StorMagic SvSAN high-availability option has also been a hit with end users. “To be able to create a high-availability infrastructure with shared storage for less than $2,000 is rather unique. To have it include responsive and thorough technical support is indispensable,” said Joel Hurford, a principal at Mitsis LLC.

“If you need any more proof that the VMware world needs a simple easy way to make storage-related problems all but disappear, just look how fast StorMagic’s product has taken off,” commented Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group.  “More than 1,000 people have already downloaded their stuff, and the word back is nothing short of stunning. These guys could attain cult status at this rate.”

“We are impressed with the response that the SvSAN has triggered; it shows that there is a marked need for an easy-to-use solution that allows small to mid-size organizations to build a cost-effective, virtual SAN,” said Mike Stolz, vice president of marketing at StorMagic. “Many organizations that downloaded the software as part of the promotion are already implementing it in their VMware ESX environment, and are leveraging the internal disk drives as a virtual SAN.”

The channel community also welcomed the StorMagic SvSAN, because it addresses a huge gap in the SMB space. The solution has allowed resellers to target many unutilized VMware ESX hosts without the required shared storage to perform advanced tasks such as VMware VMotion, Single Operation Provisioning and automatic HA discovery.

The StorMagic SvSAN is available today through a worldwide network of channel partners at an MSRP starting at US$995 for a single virtual appliance license and 2-Terabyte capacity management license; capacity management licenses are available for 4, 8 and unlimited terabyte configurations. Qualified customers can get a promo key for free access to the StorMagic solution (not a trial version) by visiting

Published Wednesday, April 01, 2009 6:40 AM by David Marshall
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