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StorMagic SvSAN: Modern, Virtualized Storage for Banks and Financial Organizations

Banks and financial services organizations are faced with unique challenges when it comes to IT solutions and managing data. In regard to data storage in particular, financial institutions are often plagued with expensive and outdated architecture, slow speeds, and disruptive downtime. As these organizations begin researching ways to upgrade and modernize their IT, they are […]

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Encryption – A Beginner’s Guide

Virtualized storage, or storage virtualization, is a technological concept developed within the past few decades. It enables organizations to remove the traditional boundaries of physical storage devices, by abstracting the disks and drives, and presenting them as a single, centralized pool of storage capacity.

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Edge in a Box: Simple, Cost-Effective and Lean Solution Delivers 100% Uptime for Any Edge or Small Datacenter Location

Together, StorMagic, Schneider Electric, and HPE are revolutionizing the way edge computing environments manage their IT systems. We’ve collaborated to launch a new, all-inclusive solution called “Edge in a Box.” This one-of-a-kind offering enables edge sites to process, manage, and store data in minutes, with one of the leanest solutions on the market. Its low […]

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Meet Security and Regulatory Requirements with SvKMS and Nutanix Encryption

As technologies produce new means of creating, using, and benefiting from vast data stores, they also confront new security risks and regulatory requirements — especially for sensitive data.   Nutanix is a cloud computing company, leading the market in hyperconverged infrastructure appliances and software-defined storage. Nutanix’s software delivers a full infrastructure stack that integrates compute, virtualization, […]

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The Evolution of Software-Defined Storage and the Virtual SAN

Hyperconvergence and software-defined-storage (SDS) have come a long way in recent times and branched into areas that were thought impossible, just a few years ago.  IT has always been about eliminating single points of failure. Roll back to the 90s and early 00s when companies ran their applications and services on bare-metal servers; the idea […]

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Virtualized Storage – A Beginner’s Guide

Virtualized storage, or storage virtualization, is a technological concept developed within the past few decades. It enables organizations to remove the traditional boundaries of physical storage devices, by abstracting the disks and drives, and presenting them as a single, centralized pool of storage capacity.

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Virtual SAN – A Beginner’s Guide

A virtual storage area network (SAN) is a software-based component that provides a virtualized ‘pool’ of storage to multiple virtual machines (VMs) and applications. In order to achieve this, data is passed (shared) between servers over a network using a protocol such as iSCSI or fibre channel.

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An Introduction to Regulatory Compliance and Data Protection

With personal data becoming more important and bountiful in a digital and virtual world, the importance of regulatory compliance and data protection, storage, and management has also increased. Major regulations exist in several specific sectors, including, in the US, healthcare (HIPAA and HiTech), financial services (PCI-DSS and GLBA), biotechnology (FDA) and the energy industry, and […]

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Hardware vs. Software RAID: How to Make a Wise Choice

Rapid developments in digital and mobile technologies are making edge computing more prevalent and critical to the success of businesses across a wide range of industries. Organizations that are implementing edge computing technology are commonly faced with deciding which is better suited for their environment – hardware or software RAID. But how do you know […]

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Mt. Hood Ski Resort Reduces Hardware Requirements and Costs by 33% with StorMagic SvSAN

Based in Oregon, Mt. Hood Meadows Ski Resort offers visitors skiing, snowboarding, and panoramic views from its 7,300-foot elevation. The resort was previously utilizing a physical SAN appliance to manage its point-of-sale transactional data. They decided to update and virtualize their IT environment with HPE StoreVirtual, which was later discontinued. Earlier this year, StorMagic’s SvSAN virtual […]

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Looking to Reduce Your IT Budget? Consider Switching to a Virtual SAN

There are a number of benefits associated with transitioning from traditional, physical storage infrastructure and switching to a virtual SAN (virtual storage network). However, one of the most notable and advantageous for organizations, at the edge and beyond, is the significant cost savings delivered by making the switch.  Traditional datacenter models require a physical NAS […]

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Best Practices For Encryption Key Management When Storing Data in the Cloud

The proliferation of cloud-based services has radically simplified day-to-day data management and decreased overhead costs for many businesses. It is currently estimated that more than 60% of organizations have moved to cloud-based data systems, with many using the cloud to store sensitive information. At the same time however, cloud technology has brought with it a […]

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Ecommerce Merchants: Stay Resilient in the Face of Downtime and Cyber Threats

Ecommerce has become a critical pillar of the global economy. Prior to the current pandemic, 2 billion people were buying from over 7 million online businesses according to etailinsights. As COVID-19 has progressed, brick-and-mortar businesses around the globe have adopted many new precautions and regulations to keep their customers safe. This includes transitioning to primarily, […]

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VMware Fault Tolerance vs. High Availability

Businesses today depend heavily on their IT systems to keep everyday operations up and running. Many organizations require minimal to zero disruption to applications and services, in order to maintain productivity and profitability. However, eliminating IT downtime entirely and achieving true high availability is often easier said than done. What is Fault Tolerance? Fault Tolerance […]

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TorIX Eliminates Downtime and Improves Performance Rates with StorMagic SvSAN

Toronto Internet Exchange (TorIX) is a non-profit organization created to directly connect the internet traffic of Canadian businesses via local network infrastructure. TorIX was previously using a VMware installation without replication, and wanted to find a new solution that reduced hardware dependency to decrease costs and complexities. Their sights were set on a hyperconverged solution […]

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High Availability – A Beginner’s Guide

High Availability (HA) describes a system that can sustain long periods of continuous operation, and remain operational, even if a part of the system is no longer in service. Decreased downtime, the elimination of single points of failure, and replication and distribution of data across multiple locations, are all contributing factors that come together to create a high availability infrastructure.

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Infographic: StorMagic MSP Program

StorMagic’s MSP Program addresses the pain points faced by service providers when offering a key management service to their customers. The MSP Program allows StorMagic SvKMS encryption key management to be integrated into an MSP’s suite of services, delivering differentiated data security through a unique high margin offering. Find out more about the key benefits […]

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IoT and Security: Protecting Data in the Internet of Things

The internet of things (IoT) – the interconnection of everyday devices via networks that facilitate interactions, including the exchange of data – is an ever-present force in the contemporary world. Whether in our personal or professional lives, we seem to always be “connected” to IoT endpoints.  The growth of these types of network capacities comes […]

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All-Flash vs. Hard Disk Drives: Which Are Best Suited for the Edge?

One of the hottest debates in the IT world centers around all-flash versus traditional hard disk drives. Once seen as a luxury, reserved for corporations like Google, Facebook, and the NSA, solid-state disk (SSD) drives have shifted to become almost commonplace in both enterprise and consumer technology. The need for increased performance and smaller footprints […]

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SvKMS: Differentiated Data Security for MSPs

Organizations around the globe are creating, sharing, and storing vast amounts of data every day. As technology evolves and that data continues to grow, securing it is becoming more and more critical for businesses looking to keep their most valuable assets safe.  It’s no secret that cybersecurity has become an essential component within IT environments. […]

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Key Management – A Beginners Guide

Key management refers to the process of creating, using, storing, exchanging, archiving, discarding, and replacing cryptographic keys in an encryption system. Its purpose is to secure an organization’s keys, and to prevent cybercriminals or unauthorized individuals from accessing and corrupting sensitive data that has been protected through encryption.

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StorMagic SvSAN Compatibility with VMware vSphere 7.0

Many of today’s organizations are modernizing their traditional IT infrastructure, in an effort to save money, improve performance, and reduce downtime. They are taking steps to virtualize their environments by replacing their clunky, physical IT equipment, with virtualized systems that enable the hyperconvergence of compute, networking, and storage resources.  Storage virtualization enables the pooling of […]

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Infographic: Talking Shop with StorMagic

SvSAN provides the most simple and lightweight virtual SAN solution on the market, significantly reducing costs per site. This makes it the perfect storage infrastructure solution for retailers of all sizes. Find out why Sheetz Inc., Autohaus Gruppe Seitz and allnatura chose to deploy SvSAN in their stores. Read more about SvSAN for Retail, or browse […]

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Infographic: SvSAN for Large Retailers

SvSAN provides the most simple and lightweight virtual SAN solution on the market, significantly reducing costs per site. This makes it the perfect storage infrastructure solution for large retailers who have hundreds or thousands of individual store locations. Find out why a leading US home improvement retailer and a European supermarket chain both chose to […]

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StorMagic SvSAN: A Proven Storage Solution for Retail

Retail businesses around the globe are faced with several common challenges when it comes to managing IT. While these challenges are common within retail environments, they are unique in comparison with other industries, and require specialized solutions to address them.   Some of these challenges are:  Minimal Space: Retail stores often have limited rack and floor […]

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Hyperconvergence – A Beginners Guide

Hyperconvergence is a term used to describe the consolidation of computing, networking, and storage resources, into a single, streamlined datacenter architecture. Traditional datacenter architecture requires specialist hardware, with each piece designated for a specific function, whereas hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) utilizes simplified hardware and software components.

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Edge Computing – A Beginners Guide

Edge computing is a term used to describe decentralized IT infrastructure. In an edge computing environment, applications, computation, and data storage are all carried out near the source of the data (i.e. at the “network edge”), as opposed to in the cloud or at an offsite datacenter. By processing data locally and minimizing the distance between devices and servers, edge computing delivers improved performance, requires less bandwidth, and reduces latency.

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Introducing, StorMagic’s New StoreVirtual Instant Rebate Program

At the end of 2019, HPE announced the EOL of its StoreVirtual VSA product family. In March, they confirmed that they would be reselling StorMagic SvSAN through their HPE Complete Program, as the official replacement for StoreVirtual. StorMagic SvSAN, our state-of-the-art VSA offering, is the ideal replacement for StoreVirtual. It simplifies storage for edge environments, […]

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Bringing the Edge to the Core: Meet Our New Victoria Team

Earlier this month, StorMagic acquired KeyNexus, an innovator and designer of encryption key management solutions. Together, StorMagic and KeyNexus are dedicated to delivering modern, virtualized storage and security solutions to customers at the edge and beyond.   Several new employees have joined the StorMagic family, through the acquisition of KeyNexus. We are excited to have these […]

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Software-Defined Storage – A Beginners Guide

Software-defined storage (SDS) is a form of storage virtualization. It significantly improves the simplicity and flexibility of data storage management by introducing a software layer, independent from the physical storage hardware (i.e. disks and SSDs). Subsequently, software-defined storage solutions allow more freedom in managing the way data is stored and retrieved.

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Bringing the Edge to the Core: StorMagic Launches SvKMS

StorMagic is thrilled to announce that it has acquired KeyNexus, an innovator and designer of encryption key management solutions. Together, StorMagic and KeyNexus are dedicated to delivering modern security solutions for the edge, datacenter, and cloud.  This acquisition encompasses several exciting updates for StorMagic, its partners, and customers. These include the growth of our team, […]

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Video: StorMagic Acquires KeyNexus

StorMagic announced that it has acquired KeyNexus, an innovator and designer of encryption key management solutions. The acquisition combines two organizations committed to removing IT complexities for customers at the edge and beyond.  StorMagic also announced the availability of SvKMS, its first modern, virtualized key management software solution. SvKMS delivers affordable enterprise-grade key management for […]

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StorMagic Receives 5 Stars in the 2020 CRN Partner Program Guide

Each year, CRN releases its Partner Program Guide, to provide information solution providers with details on the partner programs of over 250 IT vendors. Participating vendors receive a score (from one to five) assessing their proficiency in several categories, including: investments in program offerings, partner profitability, partner training, education and support, marketing programs and resources, […]

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Why Virtual Storage is Ideal for the Public Sector

Today’s organizations are generating more data at the edge than ever before, and are grappling with processing and managing that data, in a cost-effective, efficient manner.  Government agencies are no exception to this trend; however, they have unique requirements when it comes to data storage in terms of compliance and regulations, accessibility, and IT support. […]

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Stop Worrying and Start Enjoying Cluster Upgrades

Introducing: The New SvSAN Cluster Aware Upgrade Feature Experienced administrators know that IT upgrades can be tricky, and that cluster upgrades specifically can be intimidating and even dangerous. We know a little bit about cluster upgrades, having done our fair share both in the lab and with customers. That being said, we still tend to say […]

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Infographic: SvSAN and HPE

StorMagic is now part of the HPE Complete program, meaning you can buy StorMagic SvSAN and HPE as a complete end-to-end, validated solution, in a single product order. SvSAN and HPE is a tried-and-tested formula, deployed by businesses to maintain high availability in mission-critical systems. Read about how three European businesses have deployed StorMagic SvSAN […]

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3 Factors Prompting Retail Stores To Modernize Their In-Store IT

For modern retailers, managing a growing brand is no simple task. While their main goals may be to produce quality products, provide excellent customer service, and work towards growing profits, several other key factors are coming into play as technology advances. Maintaining an online presence through things like social media, virtual shopping, and digital advertising, […]

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#ICYMI: StorMagic Secures Validation for HPE ProLiant Servers

Edge computing environments require affordable, lightweight, and highly available IT infrastructures to manage their business-critical applications. Their solutions must be incredibly reliable and remain resilient in the face of unplanned downtime and disruption.  StorMagic SvSAN, coupled with HPE ProLiant DL325 Gen10 and DL360 Gen10 servers, provides the performance and dependability demanded by edge environments. These […]

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StorMagic Wins Silver in the 2020 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards

Last week, Cybersecurity Insiders announced the winners of its 2020 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. StorMagic’s data encryption software was announced as a silver winner in three different categories: encryption, software, and technology. The encryption award was recognized under the 2020 Cybersecurity Product / Service Awards umbrella, and the software and technology awards under 2020 Cybersecurity Industry […]

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DCIG Competitive Intelligence Report: StorMagic SvSAN vs. Scale Computing HC3 Series

Last week, DCIG published a new Competitive Intelligence Report, comparing StorMagic SvSAN and Scale Computing’s HC3 hyperconverged infrastructure. The report, titled “A Comparison of How StorMagic SvSAN and Scale Computing Deliver on Enterprise Edge Computing Storage Requirements,” provides side-by-side analysis of the two solutions and detailed evaluation of their differences.  Like StorMagic, Scale Computing’s HC3 […]

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StorMagic is Hiring! Have You Got the Magic?

StorMagic, a virtual SAN company headquartered in Bristol, UK, is growing rapidly and is seeking talented people to join our team. We currently have several positions open, located in both the UK and across the United States. Whether you are looking for a role in sales, software engineering, or public relations – we encourage you […]

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Customer Win: Sheetz Implements StorMagic SvSAN Across Hundreds of Convenience Store Locations

Sheetz, an American convenience store chain, previously managed its business-level applications — such as its credit processing and MySheetz® loyalty program — across an assortment of single-function devices. They sought a hyperconverged solution that was more affordable, simple to use, and offered high availability (a feature that hadn’t been possible with their existing setup), all […]

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ICYMI: Latest StorMagic Webinars, now on demand

Here at StorMagic, we like to cover a wide range of topics on our webinars, and during the latter stages of 2019, we ran a number of them in quick succession. In case you missed any, here is a round-up of what was discussed. Each webinar we produce is recorded, and available to watch back, […]

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New Italian Customers Eliminate Physical SANs, Boost Performance with StorMagic SvSAN

More companies today than ever before are opting to replace their physical SANs and virtualize their infrastructures to alleviate cost and time burdens associated with outdated hardware. Two Italy-based StorMagic customers recently moved away from using traditional SANs to dramatically reduce costs, improve reliability and boost performance.  Industrial sites are under pressure to improve reliability, […]

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How to Prevent Unplanned Downtime in Retail Stores

Ensuring high availability in retail stores is crucial, as unplanned downtime can result in loss of revenue and damage to your brand. However, it can be hard to find a solution that delivers 100% uptime without adding unnecessary complexity and costs. StorMagic SvSAN is the easy way to eliminate downtime at retail stores. The lightweight […]

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Out and about: The latest from StorMagic

The last few months have been incredibly busy for the StorMagic team. We ended October by exhibiting at the Fall Technology Expo at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. StorMagic Channel Sales Rep, Jeff Fedorowicz, was there to talk about SvSAN’s suitability for military use cases. The German Army’s case study, using SvSAN in mobile […]

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How Niche Players will Shape the Future of Edge Computing

Gartner predicts there will be five key imperatives that drive the future of edge computing. They believe these five factors will be a universal predictor that determines the success of edge solutions, across all future edge markets and sectors. The five key pillars are:  Low-latency requirements Local interactivity Low bandwidth needs Security Limited autonomy These […]

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Video: SvSAN on Hyper V

Join StorMagic PreSales Technical Services Engineer, Steve Bettison as he talks you through everything you need to know about deploying SvSAN on Hyper-V. Steve talks you through all the vital aspects of a joint SvSAN and Hyper-V solution, from the planning stages and factors to consider, to setting up the host servers, how to deploy, […]

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StorMagic announced as new HPE Technology Partner, and server validation

As more and more data moves to the edge, the complexity and demands on edge sites increases dramatically. Is it possible to configure simple, cost-effective IT infrastructure for the edge, without sacrificing performance? The HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL360 Gen10 rack servers are HPE’s high performing 2U and 1U servers, which are specifically designed for […]

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Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part Two

Continuing our discussion on defining the edge – read Part 1 here – is having a cloud strategy really the Golden Ticket to a pain-free and easy-to-manage IT portfolio? Well, hang on a minute. The game has changed, and while the common-or-garden office worker doesn’t know/understand/care where their emails are outside of their own laptop […]

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Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part One

With the advent of mobile connectivity, bring your own devices, working from home and this unilateral shift from on-premise to the cloud, the very way we consume and work with our data on a day to day basis has changed and is continually shifting. We’re used to these buzz-words being thrown at us from all […]