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 […]
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.
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.
As the volume of data being created, managed and stored by organizations around the world increases and diversifies, it becomes ever more important to have a data security and protection plan in place. Encryption is a tried-and-tested form of data protection. However, one of the challenges of effective data encryption involves the security, storage, and […]
Data is the lifeblood of an organization. Whether it be customer data stored in a database, or a record of transactions that’s part of a larger order management system, data is what fuels the modern enterprise. As more and more companies store their data across the cloud, multiple clouds, and hybrid-systems, protecting that data has […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Each year, Gartner Peer Insights releases its “Voice of the Customer” reports, compiling peer reviews and ratings of vendors received across more than 300 different markets, and complementing those reviews with expert research. The purpose of these “Voice of the Customer” reports is to help guide decision makers during their buying processes, by supplying them […]
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 […]
Many of today’s businesses are moving their data and applications from onsite datacenters to the cloud. Leveraging cloud services can provide a variety of customer benefits, including improved performance, reduced capital expenses, and increased business agility. At the same time however, cloud services have introduced a number of new vulnerabilities and security risks. In the […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
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, […]
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. […]
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 […]
StorMagic has been added to the HPE Complete Program, signifying that HPE and its resellers around the world will now offer SvSAN with HPE servers to their customers. While StorMagic was already an existing member of HPE’s Partner Ready Program, joining the Complete Program enables HPE and StorMagic products to easily be purchased together, as […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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, […]
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 […]
Earlier this month, an unplanned server outage at the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix led to the DRS (Drag Reduction System) being disabled for 17 laps. The technology is meant to kick in at the start of lap three, and is designed to make overtaking easier. When drivers are close enough to a car […]
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 […]
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 […]
The Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure is the most reliable, comprehensive market research report within the industry. This week, StorMagic celebrates recognition as a Niche Player in the report, for a second year, in the 2019 Magic Quadrant. Our product, SvSAN is specifically designed to reduce complexity and costs for edge sites. Our two-node […]
In a competitive and ever-evolving air transportation industry, investment in IT infrastructure is mission critical.
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, […]
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 […]
Last week, StorMagic and APC unveiled our latest joint offering, specifically designed to make edge computing smaller, lighter and more simple than ever before. As the amount of data being produced and processed at the edge increases, there is an ever growing need for edge computing solutions to provide 100% uptime for mission critical applications, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Are you ready for a blood curdling tale of the spookiest degree? There once was an edge site that was sold datacenter technology at a horrifying fee, Their small sites were overrun with complex, high powered, unnecessary hardware, The running and maintenance costs were enough to end their virtual storage love affair, They knew they […]
A lot of on-site storage originated in the datacenter, and has been designed as such. As we are experiencing the rise of IoT and the move to processing data at the edge, these large datacenter technologies are attempting to scale their technology down, in order to compete within this space. It’s a bit like being […]
Sometimes, you can get away with waiting until something breaks before you replace it. Sometimes, old technology can become dysfunctional before it breaks, which can have implications for the running of an entire system. An old physical SAN might be familiar and trusted, but technology has advanced to meet the needs of the edge, and […]
PraxisIFM is an independent, owner-managed financial services group of companies providing a wide range of professional services to individuals, families and international corporate clients. The rapidly growing organization began to experience challenges with their outdated storage system. The traditional SAN they previously used to protect financial data didn’t offer enough performance, and failures were impacting […]