September 9th, 2012 by Lyle Smith
StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS V6 Updated for VMware
StarWind Software Inc, provider of storage virtualization software and VM backup technology, has announced the release of the new StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS V6 and VMware Backup Plug-in Release Candidate. This update is improved by a three-node High Availability (HA) architecture, which is completely eliminates single point of failure and ensures business continuity with 99.99% uptime with 50% higher performance. Additionally, a high availability device can now use different types of StarWind devices for storing data including a deduplicated device, thin-provisioned snapshot and CDP device, or DiskBridge device.
StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS v6 launches the N+1 configuration, which allows for building an on-site two/three-node HA cluster with off-site replication. Its 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. Their combined power ensures 50x-100x reduction of transmitted data as well as a slow WAN connection.
Additional features include a 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, which creates unified SAN/NAS storage. Consolidated storage simplifies configuration and maintenance while increasing storage consumption rates.
StarWind maximizes resource consumption and minimizes disk-space consumption by StarWind's in-line target-site data deduplication, which allows for saving up to 90% of disk space.
VMware Backup Plug-In
StarWind has also introduced a powerful VMware Backup technology plug-in. The VMware Backup Plug-in Release Candidate is a robust and multi-functional backup solution for efficient VM backup and recovery, and delivers affordability, cross-hypervisor support, agentless architecture, and built-in global deduplication.
Besides the full VM backup, it also provides an incremental backup option by storing only those blocks that have changed since the last backup operation. As a result, it ensures a considerable reduction of storage space requirements. VMware Backup Plug-in is integrated with StarWind Centralized Management Console, which enables managing backup and storage from a single window.