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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
Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part 3
Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part 3Click here for Part One Click here for Part Two Now that you’ve investigated all of your upgrade options in blog one and blog two, we’re going to let you in on the exclusive deal that we’ve offering to our customers. StorMagic’s virtual SAN software can be deployed in many ways – as part of […]Read More
Citrix Synergy Exclusive Show Preview with VMBlog
Citrix Synergy Exclusive Show Preview with VMBlogWe’ve got big things planned for this year’s Citrix Synergy, so big that we’ve decided to upgrade our stand – we can now be found on booth #503 – to accommodate the launch. We ran an exclusive Q & A session with VMBlog, to give Citrix Synergy visitors a hint at what we’re bringing to […]Read More
Hardware DOESN’T Matter at the Edge
Hardware DOESN’T Matter at the EdgeHardware vendors will promote the message that hardware is a crucial element of any hyperconverged infrastructure solution.  They’d be right, to a degree, that the solution is advanced software running on hardware, therefore dependent on that hardware. However StorMagic SvSAN is focused at edge environments, where hardware flexibility helps keep costs down while still delivering […]Read More
RSA Conference 2018 Recap
RSA Conference 2018 RecapStorMagic at RSA Conference A huge thank you to everyone who came to see us in Fornetix’s booth at RSA last week in San Francisco. We had such a great time, the Fornetix team did a brilliant job, and our CMO, Bruce Kornfeld really enjoyed speaking to visitors about data security at the edge during […]Read More
Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part 2
Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part 2This is part two of the blog series on upgrading a hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution, where I’ll cover some questions to ask as you are assembling your true requirements for an upgrade. Part one covered the primary deployment models and some of the changes that have happened in the last few years, click here […]Read More
Lending a Hans at the Home Depot Charity Event
Lending a Hans at the Home Depot Charity EventLast week StorMagic CEO, Hans O’Sullivan, travelled to New Orleans to join The Home Depot team for a charity event. , They worked with Rebuilding Together New Orleans and The Green Project to rebuild the homes of two veterans, which were damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The veterans, Charles Heisser and Henry Martin, had been living […]Read More
Drinks are on us!
Drinks are on us!StorMagic CMO, Bruce Kornfeld is the undoubted life and soul of any StorMagic social gathering and now the lucky attendees of the RSA conference 2018 will all be able to have some free #BeersWithBruce He’ll be at the show, on the Fornetix booth (#741 South) and will be able to answer any questions you may […]Read More
Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part I
Ready to upgrade that old hyperconverged or software-defined storage solution? Part IToday, IT professionals have many choices on how to solve server/storage/networking requirements in the datacenter and at the edge. Hyperconverged appliances and software-defined storage solutions have emerged as an excellent alternative to traditional 3-tiered architecture and many have already deployed these solutions. If you deployed these solutions some time ago ago then you are now […]Read More
GDPR on the Edge
GDPR on the EdgeGeneral Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) concerns your marketing department, it’s not your problem, right? The most common question asked to businesses after a data breach is whether or not the data was encrypted. After GDPR comes into effect, any data set including European data subjects will be expected to be fully encrypted, as standard. The […]Read More
The Launch of SvSAN with Data Encryption
The Launch of SvSAN with Data EncryptionData security is a hot topic, it seems like new stories of data breaches and ransomware are being reported every week. Regulations like GDPR are being put in place to force companies to take more care than ever to use people’s information responsibly. One area of data security that is often overlooked is encrypting data […]Read More
Channel Growth and the Rise of the Edge
Channel Growth and the Rise of the EdgeChannel Growth and the Rise of the Edge By John Glendenning, SVP Sales and Business Development, StorMagic   Edge computing is on the rise because more data is being generated outside the traditional datacenter than inside. Hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) has emerged as the ideal solution for remote and branch offices, retail stores, distribution centers, small […]Read More
Data Centre World 2018 Recap
Data Centre World 2018 RecapStorMagic at Data Centre World Last week, we exhibited at Data Centre World at the ExCel in London. We had a great time and would like to thank everyone that came to say ‘hi’ and find out more about the innovative solutions that StorMagic supply. This year’s Data Centre World exceeded all expectations, the team […]Read More
New white paper: Understanding & Implementing Storage Performance Analysis
New white paper: Understanding & Implementing Storage Performance AnalysisHow do you know if your storage infrastructure meets your requirements? Our latest published white paper deals with the concept of storage performance analysis. Having a complete understanding of your requirements and how your infrastructure should be designed to best meet them is critical to avoiding over-provisioning which can be costly, time consuming and inefficient. […]Read More
Remote Office Tech Tip: Minimizing Hardware Footprint
Remote Office Tech Tip: Minimizing Hardware FootprintReduce complexity and lower costs When it’s not possible to utilize the cloud to run applications at your remote sites, you need infrastructure that is simple, lightweight and low cost. By making sure you’re minimizing hardware footprint, you will ensure your storage solution is less complex and thus easier to manage, while also considerably cheaper. […]Read More
Case Study Spotlight: ANA Aeroportos
Case Study Spotlight: ANA AeroportosKeeping Lisbon Airport moving with a cost effective solution maintaining uptime for vital docking systems Making sure planes can quickly and safely dock is a critical element in an airport’s operation. At Lisbon Airport, known also as Humberto Delgado Airport, the Portuguese airport authority, ANA Aeroportos, required a cost effective yet reliable solution to eliminate […]Read More
Remote Office Tech Tip: Split Brain
Remote Office Tech Tip: Split BrainPreventing the problem of data corruption Split brain is the name given to the phenomenon witnessed when two servers lose connection but continue operating. As the servers aren’t synchronized, they write data independently, causing that data to become corrupted. Watch our short handy tech tip below to find out why split brain can end up […]Read More
Recorded Webinar Now Available: High Stakes High Availability
Recorded Webinar Now Available: High Stakes High AvailabilityOn-demand recording of StorMagic’s latest webinar is now available to watch The latest installment in the StorMagic Webinar Series, “High Stakes High Availability”, can now be watched on-demand at your leisure. Broadcast on Thursday March 8th, the webinar examined the concept of high availability and what is required to create highly available shared storage, using […]Read More
Case Study Spotlight: Mills & Reeve
Case Study Spotlight: Mills & ReeveHigh availability to maintain productivity A full service law firm with multiple locations in the UK and 930 staff, Mills & Reeve provide services to individuals and businesses, including leading health, education, real estate and insurance sector clients. IT is critical to their business – and downtime needs to be avoided at all costs. Dave […]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
Don’t Miss Our Next Webinar On Thursday March 8
Don’t Miss Our Next Webinar On Thursday March 8  Just how far can you push the concept of high availability at the edge? Is it possible to safeguard application uptime in remote and demanding environments? Find out why location, cost or connectivity shouldn’t have to jeopardize your application uptime in our next webinar, “High Stakes High Availability” on Thursday March 8th. In this […]Read More
SvSAN: Perfect For Multi-Site Deployments
SvSAN: Perfect For Multi-Site DeploymentsEdge computing (remote and branch office) management is a huge cost driver for mid-to large-size organizations. Additional hardware, inconsistent technical support, and an inability to scale the benefits of virtualization are just a few of the challenges facing IT Managers today. SvSAN is a unique virtual storage applicance (VSA) that is not restricted by traditional […]Read More
A Simple Solution for a Complex Problem
A Simple Solution for a Complex ProblemMore branches, more problems? Large organization operations are more complex than the average business, and one of the main factors that compounds this complexity is the management of multiple sites. When it comes to choosing and deploying an enterprise storage solution, this is especially true. Imagine the workload required of central IT administrators when it […]Read More
Retail Store Infrastructure: Less Is More
Retail Store Infrastructure: Less Is MoreSign of the times: changes in retail IT The mindset towards onsite IT has changed drastically. Over the years there has been a distinct move away from the traditional hefty store IT infrastructure towards more investment into implementing streamlined environments that are decentralized in application control but centralized in management. For retail IT, ensuring uptime […]Read More
Don’t Miss Out, Resellers: Edge Spending On The Rise
Don’t Miss Out, Resellers: Edge Spending On The Rise  Edge IT spending is on the rise If you have focused your IT solutions and services only on meeting data center requirements, you could be missing out on tremendous opportunities in edge, remote and branch office (ROBO) IT. Despite all the excitement around applications as a service and moving services to “a cloud,” many […]Read More
Deep Dive: Cloud Service Availability Part 2
Deep Dive: Cloud Service Availability Part 2Continued from Deep Dive: Cloud Service Availability Part 1 What is the impact of cloud on availability? With cloud adoption rising, many organizations see it as a longer-term solution to providing a home for their infrastructure and data, primarily to reduce the cost of in-house IT, but also to improve service. So what effect does this […]Read More
Deep Dive: Cloud Service Availability Part 1
Deep Dive: Cloud Service Availability Part 1  Avoiding downtime and ensuring maximum service availability or uptime is a critical requirement for many organizations that operate around the clock. Fundamentally, this requirement applies to IT infrastructure that supports the business, no matter where it is located – from centralized data centers to remote sites and more recently the “cloud”. In this article […]Read More
Feature Focus: SvSAN’s Lightweight Remote Witness
Feature Focus: SvSAN’s Lightweight Remote WitnessBy Luke Pruen, Technical Services Director at StorMagic StorMagic has a major focus on edge computing with SvSAN. The product has truly been developed with the challenges of remote management and functional requirements in mind. A key component of this is reducing the amount of hardware required at an edge location where SvSAN can start […]Read More
How To Solve A Problem Like Branch Modernization
How To Solve A Problem Like Branch ModernizationIT budgets have never been tighter for many organizations. However, it’s important to have the ability to meet the needs of infrastructure scaling while keeping critical data safe and accessible. IT budgets have never been tighter for many organizations. However, it’s important to have the ability to meet the needs of infrastructure scaling while keeping critical […]Read More
How hyperconvergence offers a great ROI for the edge
How hyperconvergence offers a great ROI for the edgeContinual data growth, storage and IT administration budgets and minimal downtime are concerns that echo back to us from a large proportion of storage managers that manage edge, remote office and branch office (ROBO) storage. Presented with a conventional set-up with storage arrays, drives, memory and CPUs engineered together, storage managers can find themselves with […]Read More
6 Reasons To Use Virtual Storage Appliances For Your Branch Offices
6 Reasons To Use Virtual Storage Appliances For Your Branch OfficesVSAs provide shared storage cost effectively Virtual Storage Appliances (VSAs) are a very cost-effective solution – not only from a point of sale aspect, but also from the perspective of daily operations. It’s easy to see where a VSA saves you money on initial purchase, especially when compared to a physical SAN, but a VSA […]Read More
How Retail is Fighting Store Downtime
How Retail is Fighting Store DowntimeDowntime at the edge: a serious problem  Billions of dollars in revenue are lost each year as a result of downtime. It is then understandable that revenue loss is the primary concern of retailers when considering the direct impact of store downtime. However, retail organizations have more to lose from downtime than revenue alone; customer […]Read More
Case Study Spotlight: TDK
Case Study Spotlight: TDK  Internationally recognized excellence  Founded in the 1930s as a ferrite producer, TDK has since gone on to become an internationally recognized electronics components manufacturer. Their products can be found in everything from modern smartphones, computers, electrical appliances, industrial equipment and automobiles. TDK’s European offices needed a highly available solution to ensure that their business-critical […]Read More
Cisco Live Europe 2018 Recap
Cisco Live Europe 2018 RecapThe StorMagic team had a great time in Barcelona! From Tuesday January 30th to Thursday 1st February, StorMagic exhibited in the World of Solutions at Cisco Live Europe 2018 in Barcelona. Our team had a great time in the World of Solutions, and we had some fantastic conversations with attendees from all corners of Europe […]Read More

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