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Have you developed ‘must have all-flash’ or ‘shiny new HCI toy’ syndrome?
Have you developed ‘must have all-flash’ or ‘shiny new HCI toy’ syndrome?John Glendenning examines the rise of all-flash/HCI mania, and explains why a correctly-provisioned and cost-effective approach is a better fit for many businesses. Have you developed ‘must have all-flash’ or ‘shiny new HCI toy’ syndrome? If you have – don’t panic. You’re not alone as many share your affliction and it’s probably not too late […]Read More
New Case Study: The Maho Group
New Case Study: The Maho GroupBased on the picturesque Caribbean island of Sint Maarten, The Maho Group has been an established name in the region’s leisure, real estate, gaming and resort industries for over 35 years. The group’s property portfolio includes a number of locations across a range of Caribbean hot spots, as well as resorts at Maho Beach and […]Read More
StorMagic SvSAN Data Sheet – disponible ahora en Español
StorMagic SvSAN Data Sheet – disponible ahora en EspañolOur SvSAN data sheet is now available in Spanish! StorMagic makes edge computing simple. Our virtual SAN product, SvSAN, is designed specifically for small and large enterprises with one to thousands of locations that require highly available compute and storage at the lowest possible cost. If you’re looking for more information about SvSAN, our SvSAN […]Read More
Meet StorMagic at the Solihull VMUG UserCon
Meet StorMagic at the Solihull VMUG UserConHead over to booth 13 at the Solihull VMUG UserCon to meet the StorMagic team! StorMagic are proud to announce that our team is heading to Solihull this week to attend the upcoming UK VMUG UserCon. If you’re heading to the UserCon on Thursday 16th November, don’t forget to head over to booth 13 to […]Read More
SvSAN White Paper Spotlight
SvSAN White Paper SpotlightOur SvSAN white paper has been updated! Implementing effective edge computing solutions can be challenging. Elevated hardware costs and additional maintenance/deployment challenges mean that expanding your operation can quickly become a headache-inducing experience. StorMagic SvSAN makes virtual SANs simple for edge computing: eliminating the need for expensive and high-maintenance physical SANs and simplifying your edge […]Read More
Is Your Business Ready For Hyperconverged Infrastructure?
Is Your Business Ready For Hyperconverged Infrastructure?Are you looking for hyperconverged infrastructure? Maybe. I suspect that few of you are actually sending out a request for proposal (RFP) for hyperconverged infrastructure. That’s not how, in my experience, most of you who are IT professionals think about solutions. What you do think about is the fact that you have a budget that […]Read More
What’s Stopping You? The Top 3 Misplaced Concerns in Deploying HCI
What’s Stopping You? The Top 3 Misplaced Concerns in Deploying HCIWhere scalability and ease of deployment are key requirements of storage infrastructure for most distributed organizations, hyper-converged infrastructure models are enjoying a lot of attention from technology evaluators. Research from the likes of ESG and TechTarget’s Storage Market Landscape Study concur that adoption of these integrated computing platforms (ICP) is already high and that a […]Read More
Meet the StorMagic team at the Silicon Valley VMUG UserCon
Meet the StorMagic team at the Silicon Valley VMUG UserConThe Silicon Valley VMUG UserCon is about to begin! StorMagic is proud that announce that we will be sending a team to attend the Silicon Valley VMUG UserCon on Wednesday November 8! Head over to booth 23 at the Doubltree by Hilton San Jose, to meet the StorMagic team and find out how your business […]Read More
Hyperconvergence: How distributed enterprises can benefit from the SDS approach
Hyperconvergence: How distributed enterprises can benefit from the SDS approachWhy are organizations choosing hyperconverged infrastructure? For SMEs and distributed enterprises, a hyperconverged infrastructure is an attractive proposition in combining compute, storage, networking and virtualization into something that can be scaled out easily and meet the demands of applications across a variety of sectors. A key component within any appropriate hyper-converged proposition is ‘virtualization’, removing the need […]Read More
Why Build Your Own Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution?
Why Build Your Own Hyperconverged Infrastructure Solution?Hyperconverged Infrastructures (HCI) are a hot topic, it seems that every server vendor in the IT industry is talking about them and have an offering or play in the space. But, what exactly are hyperconverged infrastructures? Simply put, hyper-converged infrastructures are solutions that combine compute, storage, networking and virtualization into a single platform. As with […]Read More
New White Paper: BYO vs. Appliance – A Comparison of HCI Deployment
New White Paper: BYO vs. Appliance – A Comparison of HCI DeploymentNew white paper – available to download now! In line with our November theme (hyperconverged infrastructure deployment), we’re proud to announce the release of our latest white paper: “Build Your Own vs. Appliance – A Comparison of HCI Deployment”. This white paper is ideal for those who are interested in deploying hyperconverged infrastructure and want […]Read More
November Theme Preview: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Deployment
November Theme Preview: Hyperconverged Infrastructure DeploymentNovember is upon us, and so is the latest StorMagic monthly theme: Hyperconverged Infrastructure Deployment! Over the coming weeks, we’ll be posting new content on www.stormagic.com relating to hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) and how it can help your business by supercharging your storage – regardless of the size of your business or number of branches. HCI […]Read More
All-flash arrays, Storage Tiering and Storage Caching
All-flash arrays, Storage Tiering and Storage CachingIT shops are always on the lookout for ways to improve application performance without negatively impacting availability and adding cost or complexity. Of course, adding more servers to the environment could do the trick – but comes at a steep cost and in many cases, added complexity (more servers means more things to manage and […]Read More
Case Study Spotlight: Cisco Secure Ops
Case Study Spotlight: Cisco Secure OpsHigh security that required high availability Cisco’s Secure Ops is a managed cybersecurity solution for Operational Technology networks. Before implementing SvSAN, their original architecture ran in their datacenter and was dependent on non-HA local storage – intended to minimize downtime and provide a good level of performance for their clients. When they revised the architecture […]Read More
Replacing an Old SAN
Replacing an Old SANAging SANs put your business at risk Is your SAN getting old? Is the maintenance becoming increasingly expensive and time-consuming? Has it failed recently? Are you running out of much-needed capacity? If the answer to any of the above questions is ‘yes’, then perhaps you’re already looking into replacing your old SAN with a newer […]Read More
Case Study Spotlight: ITsjefen AS
Case Study Spotlight: ITsjefen ASMission: improve system performance ITsjefen AS is a hosting and managed services provider based in Tronheim, Norway. As part of their mission to offer impeccable highly available service to their customers, Solutions Architect Anders Kringstad realised that they needed to improve system performance. After reviewing the hyperconverged market – and deeming usual suspects unsuitable – […]Read More
Simple Storage for Complex Companies
Simple Storage for Complex CompaniesStorage can quickly become complicated as businesses branch out Large organizations know more than most about how difficult it can be to ensure continuity of business operations. Maintaining business up time across multiple branch offices is a big challenge, even for the most experienced of IT administration teams. ‘Inevitability’ is an IT administrator’s sworn enemy. […]Read More
Check out our new Case Study: ANA Aeroportos
Check out our new Case Study: ANA AeroportosHigh-flying storage in Portugal’s top airports ANA Aeroportos manages 10 of Portugal’s biggest and busiest airports including the capital’s largest, Humberto Delgado Airport. As the airport authority for some of Europe’s most important transportation hubs, ANA needed a reliable and flexible solution that fit within their budget constraints. That’s where SvSAN came to the rescue […]Read More
VMUG Boston 2017: Meet the StorMagic team!
VMUG Boston 2017: Meet the StorMagic team!VMUG Boston is just around the corner! StorMagic is heading to Boston on October 19 for the latest iteration of the city’s VMware User Group meeting! Head over to booth 17 on Thursday to meet the StorMagic team and find out how you can harness the power of SvSAN to achieve your storage goals. Click […]Read More
Missed our last webinar? Full recording and presentation slides now available!
Missed our last webinar? Full recording and presentation slides now available!Missed our last webinar? Full recording and presentation slides now available on-demand! Last week, we hosted the latest in our StorMagic webinar series: “A New Alternative to All-Flash Arrays: Predictive Storage Caching”. We hope all of our attendees had a great time – it was fantastic to host so many interested people, and receive so […]Read More
Close the performance gap with Predictive Storage Caching
Close the performance gap with Predictive Storage CachingNew white paper – available to download now! In the spirit of our October theme, we’re proud to announce the release of a brand new Predictive Storage Caching-related white paper: “Closing the Performance Gap – SvSAN Caching”. This white paper is the perfect introduction for those wanting to learn about the practical applications of Predictive […]Read More
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It
If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It“If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” My old man used to drill this statement into me like a copper screw, living firmly by the timeless adage of “if you mess with it, you’re going to break it”. For the most part he was right – everything I played with as a kid often ended […]Read More
Welcome to the Edge: the Need for IoT Edge Computing
Welcome to the Edge: the Need for IoT Edge ComputingIoT is on the rise . . . The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic right now, experiencing dramatic growth driven by the increasing number of devices being used, from sensors, actuators and valves in a chemical factory to home automation control systems (Nest, Apple HomeKit, Phillips Hue) to wearable fitness trackers (Fitbit, […]Read More
IP EXPO Europe 2017 Round-Up
IP EXPO Europe 2017 Round-UpIP EXPO Europe: “Europe’s #1 Enterprise IT Event” For 2 days last week, ExCeL London was transformed into a veritable tech oasis. Showcasing everything from cutting-edge new software (which naturally included SvSAN) to TV’s very own Brian Cox, IP EXPO Europe provided something for everyone – and no one left the event feeling disappointed. The […]Read More
October Webinar: A New Alternative to All-Flash Arrays
October Webinar: A New Alternative to All-Flash ArraysLooking for an alternative to expensive all-flash arrays? Throughout October, StorMagic will be exploring all-things related to Predictive Storage Caching. As well as posting new blogs and whitepapers, we’re hosting the next installment of our StorMagic webinar series: “A New Alternative to All-Flash Arrays: Predictive Storage Caching”. Join StorMagic storage expert and systems engineer Luke […]Read More
October Theme Preview: Predictive Storage Caching
October Theme Preview: Predictive Storage CachingOctober is just around the corner . . . To mark StorMagic SvSAN being selected as one of the ‘Top 25 IoT Solution Providers of 2017’, we celebrated by promoting IoT themed content throughout September. If you missed out on any of our September IoT articles – ranging from its application in manufacturing to new […]Read More
Mitigating the impact of Green IT initiatives on high availability
Mitigating the impact of Green IT initiatives on high availabilityOrganizations all over the world are becoming more reliant on technology in order to operate as the demand for IT resources continues to grow exponentially. And yet, many IT managers are trying to meet the challenge of reducing carbon footprints without sacrificing performance or productivity. In this blog, we share several tips on how businesses […]Read More
Industrial IoT: From Monitoring Things to Monitoring a Process
Industrial IoT: From Monitoring Things to Monitoring a ProcessIndustrial IoT is a natural extension of historical process control systems. In the past, each machine or system had its own monitoring and alerting function, to signal when conditions were out of tolerances for that particular machine. To monitor a process across multiple stages, however, often required the person responsible for process control and quality […]Read More
IP EXPO Europe 2017: StorMagic to Attend ‘Europe’s Number 1 Enterprise IT Event’
IP EXPO Europe 2017: StorMagic to Attend ‘Europe’s Number 1 Enterprise IT Event’The IP EXPO story so far Since the first event in 2005, IP EXPO has grown to become known as one of the largest and most exciting enterprise IT event series in Europe. Initially launched as a cloud computing event, the Expo now encompasses 6 distinct events under one roof: Cloud and Infrastructure Europe, Cyber […]Read More
Could your disaster recovery plan be less than adequate?
Could your disaster recovery plan be less than adequate?Many disaster recovery plans (DRPs) focus attention on the “big” threats that have the largest impact such as natural disasters and man-made events. While these are all important and need to be both addressed and planned for, the probability of some of these events occurring could be extremely low. Sonny Bennett looks at where organizations […]Read More
Evolution of Storage: Part 5 – Into the future – Software-defined storage
Evolution of Storage: Part 5 – Into the future – Software-defined storageStorage technologies have been constantly evolving over the past few decades, from dedicated application resources, through server consolidation, to the latest innovations in space saving and performance such as thin provisioning, caching using SSD or RAM, and data deduplication. This technological development has lent itself to the requirements of large data center environments, yet largely […]Read More
Leveraging the Internet of Things? The cloud is not your holy grail
Leveraging the Internet of Things? The cloud is not your holy grailEven if you have rudimentary estimating capabilities and you spend a little time doing back of the napkin calculations, you’ll quickly figure out that the notion that “all data is going to the cloud” is patently absurd. In the world of the industrial Internet of Things (IoT), data is collected “in the field.” And in […]Read More
Evolution of Storage: Part 4 – Rise of the (virtual) machines – Server virtualization
Evolution of Storage: Part 4 – Rise of the (virtual) machines – Server virtualizationStorage technologies have been constantly evolving over the past few decades, from dedicated application resources, through server virtualization, to the latest innovations in space saving and performance such as thin provisioning, caching using SSD or RAM, and data deduplication. This technological development has lent itself to the requirements of large data center environments, yet largely […]Read More
StorMagic Named as a Top 25 IoT Solution Provider in 2017
StorMagic Named as a Top 25 IoT Solution Provider in 2017CIO Applications Magazine recently announced its Top 25 IoT Solution Providers of 2017, and StorMagic has been included in the list. Software-defined storage has a key part to play in the adoption and expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT). The sheer volume of data generated by IoT applications continues to rise unabated and the […]Read More
Evolution of Storage: Part 3 – Server consolidation and shared SAN/NAS storage
Evolution of Storage: Part 3 – Server consolidation and shared SAN/NAS storageStorage technologies have been constantly evolving over the past few decades, from dedicated application resources, through server consolidation, to the latest innovations in space saving and performance such as thin provisioning, caching using SSD or RAM, and data deduplication. This technological development has lent itself to the requirements of large data center environments, yet largely […]Read More
Evolution of Storage: Part 2 – Dawn of shared storage – JBOD arrays
Evolution of Storage: Part 2 – Dawn of shared storage – JBOD arraysStorage technologies have been constantly evolving over the past few decades, from dedicated application resources, through JBOD arrays, to the latest innovations in space saving and performance such as thin provisioning, caching using SSD or RAM, and data deduplication. This technological development has lent itself to the requirements of large data center environments, yet largely […]Read More
VMware’s new HCI Acceleration Kit (almost) hits the mark
VMware’s new HCI Acceleration Kit (almost) hits the markYesterday at VMworld Las Vegas, as part of their major news release for the day, VMware announced a new HCI offering targeted at distributed IT environments – the HCI Acceleration Kit. We at StorMagic agree with almost everything they are talking about – except the complexity and cost. VMware’s new HCI solution requires three physical […]Read More
Evolution of Storage: Part 1 – Dedicated Application Resources
Evolution of Storage: Part 1 – Dedicated Application ResourcesToday, organizations are able to choose from a wide variety of technologies when it comes to deploying new storage architecture. Software-defined storage solutions such as StorMagic SvSAN have paved the way for a more cost effective, simple and space-conscious approach to storage – one that contrasts greatly with the physically large and expensive technologies of […]Read More
Why Now is the Time for an SDS First Strategy
Why Now is the Time for an SDS First StrategyServer virtualization transformed the datacenter and radically simplified server and application deployment. Server utilization became much more efficient, and provisioning new systems much simpler. Because it brought so many benefits to IT, companies began adopting a virtualization first policy as early as 2007. Big organizations like the State of California CIO’s office implemented a virtualization […]Read More
Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 3
Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 3StorMagic CEO, Hans O’Sullivan, examines the release of Windows Server 2016 and with it, Storage Spaces Direct in this three part series of blogs. Part 3 explores where StorMagic and other vendors fit now that Microsoft have entered the market. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions have been around for several years and with Microsoft’s Windows Server […]Read More
Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 2
Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 2StorMagic CEO, Hans O’Sullivan, examines the release of Windows Server 2016 and with it, Storage Spaces Direct in this three part series of blogs. Part 2 delves into the details of Storage Spaces Direct. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions have been around for several years and with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 launch that includes Storage Spaces […]Read More
Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 1
Software-defined storage goes mainstream with the release of Windows Server 2016 – Part 1StorMagic CEO, Hans O’Sullivan, examines the release of Windows Server 2016 and with it, Storage Spaces Direct in this three part series of blogs. Part 1 focuses on the history of software-defined storage. Software-defined storage (SDS) solutions have been around for several years and with Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 launch that includes Storage Spaces Direct, […]Read More
StorMagic’s SvSAN – Targeting HCI’s ROBO Sweet Spot
StorMagic’s SvSAN – Targeting HCI’s ROBO Sweet SpotHoward Marks from Deep Storage and frequent writer for Network Computing discusses how StorMagic’s approach to software-defined storage is designed to keep costs low while improving performance and maintaining highly available clusters. Over the past ten years hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has gone from leading edge technology to become the fastest growing method for building an IT […]Read More
StorMagic joins The Home Depot Foundation in supporting veterans and their families
StorMagic joins The Home Depot Foundation in supporting veterans and their familiesStorMagic’s CEO and Technical Services Director lend a hand to Home Depot’s charity initiative. As part of The Home Depot Foundation’s work to improve the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families, StorMagic recently sent CEO, Hans O’Sullivan and Technical Services Director, Luke Pruen to help construct playhouses for veterans’ families as […]Read More
Managing IoT Data at the Edge of the Enterprise
Managing IoT Data at the Edge of the EnterpriseStorMagic chairwoman Sally Duckworth explains why the masses of data generated by the Internet of Things matters for data storage and management – both at the edge of the enterprise in remote and branch sites, and within the datacenter. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings and other items […]Read More
What to Expect in 2017 for Software-Defined Storage
What to Expect in 2017 for Software-Defined StorageStorMagic CEO Hans O’Sullivan offers his insight into what he believes will be the trends in software-defined storage over the course of 2017. The storage market is in the midst of a revolution: the biggest shift in storage technology since networked attached storage was introduced over 30 years ago. Software-defined storage (SDS) — a technology […]Read More

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