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SvSAN Performance: Five Tips for Best Practice
SvSAN Performance: Five Tips for Best PracticeJoin StorMagic Systems Engineer, Mark Jones, as he talks you through his top tips for getting the most from your SvSAN configuration. For more information, check out our SvSAN best practice white paperRead More
StorMagic: Gartner Magic Quadrant and Peer Insights
StorMagic: Gartner Magic Quadrant and Peer InsightsStorMagic is excited to be included in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure for the very first time. Included as part of the Niche Players Quadrant, this is fantastic recognition for StorMagic as a key player in delivering edge storage and hyperconverged solutions. StorMagic was recognised for providing lightweight virtual storage to the edge of […]Read More
CITA Gains High Availability and Reduces Management Time Tenfold—at Half the Cost—with SvSAN
CITA Gains High Availability and Reduces Management Time Tenfold—at Half the Cost—with SvSANCITA is a division of Luxembourg Roads & Bridges (Ponts et Chaussées Luxembourg), and manages traffic control data for Luxembourg’s highways and tunnels. More than 600 cameras along these roadways capture data like vehicle counting, weather information, traffic and tunnel management and control, and video surveillance footage. High availability is a must; if communications are […]Read More
Building a Highly Available SvSAN Configuration
Building a Highly Available SvSAN ConfigurationStorMagic SvSAN has been designed to provide organizations with the capability to architect IT systems that are resilient, have adequate redundancy and are highly available. Downtime can be incredibly detrimental to the productivity of an organization, with most companies being completely reliant on IT for everyday operations. By bringing datacenter technology to small/remote/branch sites, SvSAN […]Read More
New technical webinar: Protecting Against Node Failure with SvSAN 3 Node Clusters
New technical webinar: Protecting Against Node Failure with SvSAN 3 Node ClustersA typical SvSAN deployment calls for cluster sizes of just two nodes as the lightest, simplest, most efficient way of delivering highly available virtualized storage. However, a two node cluster cannot retain high availability should one node be lost through failure or maintenance. The storage is still available, on the remaining online node, but is […]Read More
Infographic: Top Tips for a Highly Available SvSAN Configuration
Infographic: Top Tips for a Highly Available SvSAN ConfigurationMany companies are now completely reliant on IT for everyday operations, and as such the availability and uptime of these systems is critically important. Loss of service equates to loss of productivity which, depending on the severity, can have a potentially huge impact for an organization. This is important as the idea of the datacenter […]Read More
SvSAN as a Multi-node Cluster
SvSAN as a Multi-node ClusterStorMagic SvSAN is a virtual storage appliance (VSA) that provides a lightweight, highly available shared storage solution, with no single points of failure. It is typically deployed on to two servers and performs synchronous mirroring between the servers. Although 2-node clusters deployments are the most common use case for SvSAN, it is possible to scale-out […]Read More
Making the Complex Simple
Making the Complex SimpleWhen StorMagic first entered the scene, if you wanted shareable storage then you needed to invest in expensive, complex external SANs or NAS technology, and pay staff that could manage it. This is why the very ethos of StorMagic is about making the complex simple, and making shared storage accessible to more organizations. From the […]Read More
Storage engineered by Storage Engineers
Storage engineered by Storage EngineersA lot of ‘on premise’ storage has been developed based on the needs of the datacenter, a complete solution that combines hardware and software. Gartner predicts that by 2022, 75% of all data will be generated outside of the traditional datacenter. This suggests a shift towards processing data at the edge, which is something that […]Read More
StorMagic at VMworld Europe 2018
StorMagic at VMworld Europe 2018VMworld Europe: ‘Possibility begins with you’ Last week, the StorMagic team joined a few hundred other exhibitors and 13,000 attendees at VMworld Europe in Barcelona . Thank you to everyone who came to see us in booth E423. It was a great event and we enjoyed speaking to hundreds of attendees about how we simplify […]Read More
Case Study: GRG Public Resources Ltd. Eliminates Downtime Risk with SvSAN
Case Study: GRG Public Resources Ltd. Eliminates Downtime Risk with SvSANCase Study: GRG Public Resources Ltd. Eliminates Downtime Risk with SvSAN Stafford, UK-based GRG Public Resources Ltd. recently refreshed its environment and has dramatically improved data availability—by 100 percent —with StorMagic SvSAN, the software-defined storage solution designed for edge environments. GRG PRL works with police forces and fire services across the UK providing 24-hour, year-round […]Read More
Data Encryption Failure Scenarios
Data Encryption Failure ScenariosHow does SvSAN’s data encryption feature handle various failure scenarios? Data encryption was launched as a feature in SvSAN 6.2 Advanced Edition. Data encryption is a highly effective and (in this case) low cost method of protecting data, which makes it perfect for edge environments. What makes SvSAN with Data Encryption different from other solutions […]Read More
Is Apple bringing GDPR to the US?
Is Apple bringing GDPR to the US?Is Apple bringing GDPR to the US? Not so long ago, Apple CEO, Tim Cook condemned the ‘weaponization’ of private data and called for the U.S. to adopt privacy laws similar to the EU’s GDPR. This would mean that any organization that trades with or sells to the US or any European country could face […]Read More
Kornfeld captivates Canada
Kornfeld captivates CanadaKornfeld captivates Canada Last week, StorMagic CMO, Bruce Kornfeld was invited by Cisco to exhibit as part of the Cisco Pavilion at Cisco Connect in Toronto. The one day event saw over 2,800 attendees, many of whom were delighted to hear about how StorMagic SvSAN is a great compliment to Cisco’s Hyperflex HCI solution. Speaking […]Read More
Hans at Storage Visions
Hans at Storage VisionsThis week Hans O’Sullivan, StorMagic CEO, was at Storage Visions 2018 in California. Hans was presenting at the event, on ‘Why Edge is Thriving in the Datacenter Apocalypse’ as part of a five-person panel on how edge technology can aid the future of storage. For those of you that weren’t in California for the event, […]Read More
Best Practices for Achieving High Availability
Best Practices for Achieving High AvailabilityBest Practices for Achieving High Availability For most organizations, high availability is a key objective with the goal being as close to 100% uptime as possible. SvSAN is the perfect way to ensure high availability between 2 or more servers and  help organizations achieve this, with a variety of deployment options available. We’ve put together […]Read More
Find us in Booth E423 at VMworld Europe
Find us in Booth E423 at VMworld EuropeAre you going to VMworld Europe, in Barcelona? If so, then make sure you keep an eye out for your favorite virtual SAN providers, decked out in very fetching bright yellow polo shirts. We’ll be in booth E423, so pop by and see us! Here’s just a few of the things that we’ll be up […]Read More
Can Your Witness Do This?
Can Your Witness Do This?Can Your Witness Do This? The majority of edge sites require high availability as a priority. When you don’t have a team on site to respond to unplanned downtime quickly, you’re leaving yourself open and disaster could strike at any time. In these cases, it is sensible to design your storage infrastructure with sufficient redundancy […]Read More
StorMagic at IP Expo 2018
StorMagic at IP Expo 2018IP EXPO Europe: “Europe’s #1 Enterprise IT Event” Last week, Europe’s leading trade event for IT innovation came to the ExCeL in London. Thank you to everyone who came to see us in booth HH24. It was a great event and we enjoyed speaking to hundreds of attendees about how we simplify storage at the […]Read More
Launching the Customer Reference Program
Launching the Customer Reference ProgramWe’re delighted to announce the launch of the StorMagic Customer Reference Program, which went live last week. The program gives StorMagic customers the exclusive opportunity to share their experience in deploying and running SvSAN publically and with other StorMagic customers. To join, all customers need to do is fill out a short questionnaire outlining their […]Read More
Deploying Stretch Clusters to Increase Resiliency
Deploying Stretch Clusters to Increase ResiliencyYou may have seen our blog from a couple of weeks ago on the importance of creating a highly available environment, to avoid downtime when faced with hurricanes and large-scale natural disasters. However, the majority of physical disruption and disasters that organizations face are localized to a single, specific site. Minimizing or eliminating localized outages […]Read More
QUIZ: Are you an Edge Site?
QUIZ: Are you an Edge Site?We recently ran a blog which defined what the edge was and described different environments which could benefit from edge technology. However, we realized that many people aren’t sure if their environment qualifies as ‘edge’, so we’ve made you a handy quiz to help clear up the confusion. Simply run through the questions below to […]Read More
TruthInIT Interview Hans O’Sullivan
TruthInIT Interview Hans O’SullivanLast week Hans O’Sullivan, StorMagic CEO and a pioneer of the software defined storage industry, was interviewed by industry analyst Mike Matchett and it’s now available from TruthInIT. In this video interview, Hans and Mike discuss problems facing edge and SME datacenters, including lack of IT resources, real-time application performance needs and cost constraints. Hans […]Read More
StorMagic DACH: News and Partner Announcement
StorMagic DACH: News and Partner AnnouncementBy Thorsten Schäfer, DACH Sales Manager Having joined the StorMagic DACH team earlier this year, I have been blown away by what we have achieved in a short space of time. Partly due to the increased demand for SvSAN with Data Encryption following GDPR roll out in May, we have had a fantastic year that […]Read More
The New Cisco C4200 Servers and SvSAN
The New Cisco C4200 Servers and SvSANFor anyone who may have missed the news, in May Cisco announced the new C4200 Multinode Chassis and C125 M5 server, joining the existing products in the UCS C-Series range. Boasting 128% more core density, 33% more memory and memory bandwidth, and twice the server density of rack servers the new servers take high-intensity compute […]Read More
Find us on booth #HH24 at IP Expo
Find us on booth #HH24 at IP ExpoAre you going to IP Expo, at the ExCeL in London? If so, then make sure you keep an eye out for your favorite virtual SAN providers, decked out in very fetching bright yellow polo shirts. We’ll be on booth #HH24, so pop by and see us! Here’s just a few of the things that […]Read More
Could SvSAN save you from disaster?
Could SvSAN save you from disaster?Storm season is upon us. Hurricanes cause around $400 mil in damage and kill around 70 people on average, in the United States, every year. Thousands of businesses are affected, with many experiencing downtime and power outages that lasts days and weeks, and some SMEs are taking years to get back on track – many […]Read More
This is the Storage Your Boss Wants to Hear About
This is the Storage Your Boss Wants to Hear AboutIs your boss a little out of date on current technology? Do they absolutely hate spending money on storage and then expect a flawless solution that experiences no unplanned downtime? Does your boss still think a monolithic physical SAN is the pinnacle/cutting edge of storage in 2018? Then it’s time to introduce them to StorMagic. […]Read More
StorMagic at VMworld US
StorMagic at VMworld USThank you to everyone who came to see us at VMworld US in Las Vegas. It was an amazing event and we spoke to a record number of attendees about how we simplify storage at the edge. Congratulations to our three drone winners, thank you for stopping by. We enjoyed many promising conversations with potential […]Read More
Analysis: The Future of the Data Center
Analysis: The Future of the Data CenterThe traditional data center as we know it is changing. In order for IT team to continue to deliver the best solutions, they must understand business needs. However, businesses are becoming more agile, geographically far reaching, and advances in technology are creating more pressure to come up with IT solutions that fit budgets and time […]Read More
Webinar: Connecting the Citrix Cloud to a Hyperconverged Edge
Webinar: Connecting the Citrix Cloud to a Hyperconverged EdgeMake a note in your calendar now for the StorMagic and Citrix joint technical webinar on Wednesday, September 5, at 9am PDT. Citrix and StorMagic have been collaborating to develop an effective solution for small and medium-sized businesses and edge computing environments. We’re hosting a technical focused joint webinar, during which we’ll talk about simplifying […]Read More
Amsterdam Airport “Flies” for 6 Consecutive Years with SvSAN
Amsterdam Airport “Flies” for 6 Consecutive Years with SvSANStorMagic recently announced a customer success with one of the globe’s most well-known airports: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Using SvSAN, the airport has achieved six years of continuous uptime and counting, which exceeds its 99.8 percent uptime SLA. Schiphol integrated Dell PowerEdge R520 servers with a VMWare vSphere 5.5 hypervisor and StorMagic SvSAN Advanced Edition software […]Read More
The Results are in: VMware Expert Tests SvSAN
The Results are in: VMware Expert Tests SvSANBy: Mark Christie and Kevin Mooney Enterprise IT community Gestalt IT recently conducted an independent product review of StorMagic SvSAN 6.2 with Fornetix Key Orchestration. Lab reviewer Paul Woodward Jr., a VMware expert and systems engineer, thoroughly tested the solution, including its primary enhancement, data-at-rest encryption. The review is an unbiased look at SvSAN, and […]Read More
SvSAN: What Would a Systems Engineer Say?
SvSAN: What Would a Systems Engineer Say?Marketing is taking a break today. Paul Woodward is a systems engineer and well-known blogger who agreed to do an independent review of SvSAN 6.2 with Data Encryption. So we gave him a free trial of our product, access to documentation, and our support email account and away he went. You can read the full […]Read More
Podcast: SvSAN – Edge Appliance for Citrix Cloud Services
Podcast: SvSAN – Edge Appliance for Citrix Cloud ServicesEarlier in the week, StorMagic’s Partner Enablement Manager, Lee Bushen appeared on Citrix’s DABCC Radio podcast. The podcast is hosted by Douglas Brown, who has over 20 years of expertise in the IT industry, and is the #1 Citrix related podcast on iTunes. In the podcast, Lee, and Citrix’s Chris Edwards, discuss SvSAN as an […]Read More
Every Cloud Has a Silver Edge
Every Cloud Has a Silver EdgeI don’t know about you, but we keep getting caught up in exciting news stories, with bold headlines that read ‘The Cloud is Dead, the Edge is Taking Over’. Awesome! StorMagic replaces everyone’s cloud storage with edge storage, we all become millionaires and retire at 40. In reality, there is no big face off between […]Read More
Unlocking Renewable Energy at the Edge
Unlocking Renewable Energy at the EdgeRenewable energy sources are our future. The industry is growing at a rapid pace, with an 8.3% increase in global renewable capacity in 2017 alone (IRENA, 2018). Renewable capacity is expected to increase by a further 43% by 2022 (IEA, 2017), a figure that has potential to be much higher, should renewable energy companies harness […]Read More
Find us on booth #2302 at VMworld
Find us on booth #2302 at VMworldAre you going to VMworld US, in Vegas, at the end of August? If so, then make sure you keep and eye out for your favorite virtual SAN providers, decked out in very fetching bright yellow polo shirts. We’ll be on booth #2302, so pop by and see us! Here’s just a few of the […]Read More
Are You Edge?
Are You Edge?Edge computing is one of the big trends for 2018. Huge companies are adopting the technology and more branch sites than ever are recording and storing data. But what does edge mean? It feels like the definition keeps on changing, and the concept is as mysterious as bitcoin, Facebook’s privacy policy, and the Krabby Patty […]Read More
Try Before you Buy: Encrypting at the Edge
Try Before you Buy: Encrypting at the EdgeSoon after the GDPR compliance deadline passed, we hosted a joint webcast on the state of industry to explore how the game has changed. Titled “Encryption’s Evolution in Today’s GDPR Compliant World”, attendees learned how GDPR is impacting the encryption landscape at the edge, along with customer examples and tips for implementing data-at-rest encryption with […]Read More
Could the key to developing smart cities lie at the edge?
Could the key to developing smart cities lie at the edge?In an effort to find a sustainable way of living, more and more is being invested into developing smart cities, which will harness the power of the cloud and the edge. Artificial Intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and edge computing projects are being adopted to power autonomous vehicle systems, and the technology is […]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
Is your edge site a cybersecurity weakpoint?
Is your edge site a cybersecurity weakpoint?What do you picture when you think of cyber crime? Gangs stealing credit card details? Computer whizzes hacking organizations and stealing data? Physical cyber-security attacks are probably not the first thing that come to mind. However, we are living in a time where demand for computing power is at an all time high and there […]Read More
Could virtual SANs provide the edge in F1?
Could virtual SANs provide the edge in F1?Formula One relies on gifted drivers in peak physical condition, paired with advanced technology. In a sport where every hundredth of a second counts, decisions such as when to pit the car are crucial and require high tech sensors, linked to data centers that can process the information quickly. F1 requires powerful and agile infrastructure. […]Read More
SvSAN 6.2 Launch with Extended Trade in Promo
SvSAN 6.2 Launch with Extended Trade in PromoWe’re delighted to announce general availability of SvSAN 6.2. The famously cost-effective, flexible and simple virtual storage solution has now been upgraded to provide military-grade encryption at the edge, for the same low price (which is 85% less than competitor solutions). So, what’s new: Data Encryption: data is encrypted as it is written to the […]Read More
An Amazing Week at Cisco Live
An Amazing Week at Cisco LiveWe’ve just got back from an outstanding week at Cisco Live. We were there to talk about: The general release of SvSAN 6.2 (with Data Encryption), our first edge appliance – designed to seamlessly support Citrix cloud services – and how SvSAN can be adopted with Cisco’s UCS servers to create a cost-effective, simple, highly […]Read More
Upcoming Webcast: The Post-GDPR Impact on Edge-based Encryption
Upcoming Webcast: The Post-GDPR Impact on Edge-based EncryptionOn June 22, Fornetix and StorMagic will team up to discuss the current state of the encryption landscape now that GDPR is officially in place. With the long-awaited compliance deadline now in the rearview mirror, how are end users coping with the challenges that come along with change? The recent spike in encryption adoption at […]Read More
Global Trends in Data Security: Threats and the Rise of Encryption
Global Trends in Data Security: Threats and the Rise of EncryptionThales, one of the leading providers of data security solutions has recently released their annual Data Threat Report for 2018. This report analyzes data from 1,200 senior security managers from 11 countries from around the globe, including the US, Germany, UK, the Netherlands, Japan, India, and Sweden. The report shows that spending on IT security […]Read More
Where Could the Edge Take Us Next?
Where Could the Edge Take Us Next?Edge computing allows us to process data in remote areas that often suffer from low connectivity. This opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for recording and processing data, which has seen an increase in the adoption of edge computing into major technological development. Here are just three cool examples from this week…   […]Read More
Cisco Live: Sneak Peaks and Giveaways
Cisco Live: Sneak Peaks and GiveawaysCisco Live US, Orlando, Florida is mere days away and the team is very excited: meetings are being booked, everyone has been given their own bright yellow StorMagic polo shirts, and months of planning have all come together. There’s going to be a lot going on at the event, so to make sure that you […]Read More
SvSAN Overview Part Three: Deployment Methods
SvSAN Overview Part Three: Deployment MethodsWelcome to the final installment of a three part blog, providing a technical overview of StorMagic SvSAN. Part one of the blog provided a brief overview of SvSAN and outlined how you can decide whether hyperconverged infrastructure or server SAN is right for you. The second part explored SvSAN in more depth, and this part […]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
SvSAN Overview Part Two: SvSAN Summary
SvSAN Overview Part Two: SvSAN SummaryWelcome to part two of a three part blog, which aims to provide a technical overview of StorMagic SvSAN. Part one of the blog provided a brief overview of SvSAN and outlined how you can decide whether hyperconverged infrastructure or server SAN is right for you. This part will explore SvSAN in more depth, and […]Read More
Remote Office Tech Tip: The Impact Of Downtime
Remote Office Tech Tip: The Impact Of DowntimeAre you prepared for your next IT disaster? Industry averages are of no comfort when your critical applications go down. Downtime is no joke – costing your organization money, productivity, business and potentially customers. Achieving high availability for your applications is critical to highly competitive organizations that undertake manufacturing automation, real-time analytics, and supply chain […]Read More
SvSAN Overview Part One: Hyperconverged vs server SAN
SvSAN Overview Part One: Hyperconverged vs server SANWelcome to part one of a three part blog, which aims to provide a technical overview of StorMagic SvSAN. Part one of the blog will provide a brief overview of SvSAN and outline how you can decide whether hyperconverged infrastructure or server SAN is right for you, part two will explore SvSAN in more depth, […]Read More
GDPR Final Countdown: Are You Encrypting Yet?
GDPR Final Countdown: Are You Encrypting Yet?The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is dominating headlines along with messages around severe fines and penalties for not meeting compliance. Is your organization prepared? If you haven’t put systems in place to protect your stored data then you are cutting it very tight, but StorMagic is here to help. The most common question […]Read More
Performing for Performance
Performing for PerformanceVirtualization is driving itself toward replacing onsite hardware and running from the “cloud”. This is something that we believe is very achievable, but there is one comment or concern I hear often: “But it wouldn’t be able to compete against physical hardware” Physical Storage performance is dependent on the hardware, just as virtual storage solutions […]Read More
An Amazing Week at Citrix Synergy
An Amazing Week at Citrix SynergyWe’re making our way back from an outstanding week at Citrix Synergy. Thank you to everyone who came to see us at the booth. You may have seen that we announced some very important news at the event:  StorMagic has teamed up with Cisco and Citrix to launch the first edge appliance designed specifically for […]Read More
Connecting the Edge to the Citrix Cloud
Connecting the Edge to the Citrix CloudAt the start of the week we announced the general availability of StorMagic’s direct connectivity to Citrix Cloud, and the first edge appliance designed specifically for Citrix Workspace Services. The solution combines Cisco infrastructure with Citrix technology, delivering a compelling hybrid cloud solution available globally. StorMagic has enabled direct connection between Citrix Cloud and any […]Read More
Cryptsoft to deliver KMIP technologies within SvSAN
Cryptsoft to deliver KMIP technologies within SvSANSvSAN with Data Encryption brings military-grade encryption to the edge, for 85% less than competitors. But, we don’t do it all ourselves and we partner with some of the world’s leaders in the security space. On the key management side, we’ve already announced that we are working with Key Management System (KMS) suppliers Fornetix and […]Read More

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