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CAE S.p.A. Reduces Hardware Dependency, Energy Costs and Management Time with SvSAN
CAE S.p.A. Reduces Hardware Dependency, Energy Costs and Management Time with SvSANBologna, Italy-based manufacturer, CAE S.p.A., originally used a traditional Storage Area Network (SAN) connected through SAS and fibre channel. The company wanted to update its environment with a split virtualized infrastructure in two separate rooms connected over a LAN to reduce overall costs, and remove any single point of failure. While DataCore and VMware vSAN […]Read More
New webinar on KVM and StorSecure
New webinar on KVM and StorSecureLast week, we announced the launch of StorSecure, and that SvSAN is now fully compatible with Linux KVM hypervisors, and we’d like to invite you to our upcoming webinar on the two new features.  StorSecure slashes the cost of data encryption and key management at the edge. It allows you to store keys anywhere – onsite, […]Read More
Video: SvSAN with StorSecure
Video: SvSAN with StorSecureDeploying StorSecure with SvSAN is the most cost-effective way to bring highly available storage with encryption and key management to edge locations, costing just $2,000 per site. Not only does StorSecure save you from buying expensive data encryption hardware, but the 100% software approach runs as a virtual machine on any server, which allow you […]Read More
Video: SvSAN with KVM
Video: SvSAN with KVMAvoid the ‘hypervisor tax’ with SvSAN on KVM SvSAN is now fully compatible with Linux KVM hypervisors, available on Red Hat and CentOS distributions. You can now deploy a highly available two node HCI solution with hardware, software and maintenance for under $10,000!  Want to find out more? Check out the infographic, data sheet, […]Read More
StorMagic at Cisco Live 2019
StorMagic at Cisco Live 2019Are you going to Cisco Live, in San Diego, in June? If you’re attending the event then make sure you keep and eye out for your favorite virtual SAN providers, decked out in very fetching bright yellow polo shirts. You’ll be able to find us in booth #2835, the team will also be available for […]Read More
Infographic: SvSAN with StorSecure
Infographic: SvSAN with StorSecureStorSecure – integrated data encryption and key management that provides complete security for edge sites. The best bit? The whole deployment can be managed from one centralized location and the keys can be stored anywhere – onsite, in the datacenter or the cloud, all for $2,000 per site. Want to find out more about transforming […]Read More
Infographic: SvSAN on KVM
Infographic: SvSAN on KVMSvSAN is now fully compatible with Linux KVM hypervisors, available on Red Hat and CentOS distributions. You can now deploy a highly available two node HCI solution with hardware, software and maintenance for under $10,000!   You can find out more by reading the SvSAN and KVM data sheet here, or email [email protected] to arrange […]Read More
Avoid the ‘hypervisor tax’ with SvSAN on KVM
Avoid the ‘hypervisor tax’ with SvSAN on KVMThis week, StorMagic announced that the most flexible and cost effective hyperconverged solution on the market just got a whole lot more flexible, and cost effective. SvSAN is now fully compatible with Linux KVM hypervisors, available on Red Hat and CentOS distributions. You can now deploy a highly available two node HCI solution with hardware, […]Read More
SvSAN with StorSecure: Complete security at the edge for $2,000 per site
SvSAN with StorSecure: Complete security at the edge for $2,000 per siteThis week, StorMagic announced the launch of StorSecure – integrated data encryption and key management that provides complete security for edge sites. The best bit? The whole deployment can be managed from one centralized location and the keys can be stored anywhere – onsite, in the datacenter or the cloud, all for $2,000 per site. […]Read More
StorMagic at Dell Technologies World 2019
StorMagic at Dell Technologies World 2019Dell Technologies World 2019: ‘Defying Gravity’ Last week, the StorMagic team joined some great exhibitors and thousands of attendees at Dell Technologies World 2019, in Las Vegas. Thank you to everyone who came to see us in booth 168. It was a great event and we enjoyed speaking to hundreds of visitors about how we […]Read More
Infographic: Cutting the cost of storage with SvSAN
Infographic: Cutting the cost of storage with SvSANNot only is SvSAN the most cost-effective hyperconverged infrastructure solution on the market, this lightweight virtual SAN delivers huge savings when companies switch from a physical SAN in their hardware refresh. It’s all well and good us telling you that you could save $$$ by creating a lightweight virtual environment with SvSAN, but the stats […]Read More
Saving money with Dell and StorMagic
Saving money with Dell and StorMagicRecently, we announced that StorMagic SvSAN is now available on the Dell Software and Peripherals (S&P) price list, making it easier than ever to deploy the most cost-effective hyperconverged infrastructure solution on the market. Organizations around the world are already running SvSAN on Dell EMC and benefitting from a low cost virtual SAN solution that […]Read More
Last week, we announced a new technology partnership
Last week, we announced a new technology partnershipLast week, we announced our new partnership with Dell EMC. This is really exciting for StorMagic, as SvSAN is now available from Dell on the Software & Peripherals (S&P) price list, making it easier than ever for Dell customers to create hyperconverged infrastructure that is easy to manage and incredibly cost effective. SvSAN on Dell […]Read More
SvSAN Use Cases: Making the Complex Simple AND Affordable
SvSAN Use Cases: Making the Complex Simple AND AffordableSvSAN is a lightweight software-defined storage solution designed to create a virtual environment that is simple, easy to manage and flexible. IT staff love SvSAN because it makes their lives easier, IT Managers (and your finance department) love SvSAN because it’s incredibly cost effective and could save you a fortune on your hardware refresh. One […]Read More
Part 2: Public Cloud versus Onsite IT : Who’s Ahead in 2019?
Part 2: Public Cloud versus Onsite IT : Who’s Ahead in 2019?By Tony Asaro and Bruce Kornfeld In part one of this blog series, we discussed the hype that cloud brought when it was first introduced, and shared some research to show where the state of the market is today. In part two we’ll address the state of the edge, and considerations when choosing between onsite […]Read More
Webinar Recap: Running SvSAN on the new Cisco ISR 4461 and UCS E-Series
Webinar Recap: Running SvSAN on the new Cisco ISR 4461 and UCS E-SeriesIn case you missed it, our joint lab demo and webinar with Cisco is now available to watch on demand. StorMagic Systems Engineer, Craig Collier, gave a brief overview of pain points at the edge and how they can be remedied by a lightweight configuration like the joint Cisco UCS E-Series and SvSAN solution. Cisco’s […]Read More
Security Services Company Streamlines Datacenter, Boosts Uptime with SvSAN
Security Services Company Streamlines Datacenter, Boosts Uptime with SvSANSouth Africa-based Bloemsec previously used standalone, non-shared storage in its small datacenter. The complicated network lacked redundancy, required manual failovers and caused the headache of downtime during failover events.                                             Bloemsec recently deployed StorMagic SvSAN as a high availability, hyperconverged solution deployed on a Microsoft […]Read More
Blog: StorMagic Earns Five Star Ranking in CRN’s 2019 Partner Program Guide
Blog: StorMagic Earns Five Star Ranking in CRN’s 2019 Partner Program GuideStorMagic is celebrating its 5-Star status in the winners’ spotlight of CRN’s latest Partner Program Guide. Partner programs were evaluated based on program investments, partner profitability, training, education and support and other metrics. The strongest, most successful channel partner programs that brought home a 5-Star rating are an elite subset of companies offering the most […]Read More
StorMagic at Dell Technologies World 2019
StorMagic at Dell Technologies World 2019We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at Dell Technologies World, at the end of April. If you’re attending the event then make sure you keep and eye out for your favorite virtual SAN providers, decked out in very fetching bright yellow polo shirts. You’ll be able to find us in booth #138, […]Read More
SvSAN on Hyper-V
SvSAN on Hyper-VSvSAN is a cost-effective virtual SAN solution that brings shared storage to edge sites, branch offices and small datacenters. It’s a software-defined storage solution, which eliminates the need for physical SANs, and has been designed to be incredibly lightweight, meaning that it can run on very lean hardware infrastructure. Microsoft Hyper-V helps reduce capital expenditure […]Read More
SvSAN on vSphere
SvSAN on vSphereOne of the benefits of deploying SvSAN is that it makes any edge site, branch office or small datacenter easy to manage. SvSAN is designed to work with your existing hardware as an alternative to a physical SAN, creating a virtualized environment that can be managed from a centralized remote location. This makes it as […]Read More
New webinar with Cisco
New webinar with CiscoOne of the most exciting trends of networking and computing today is the race to the edge. Increasing capabilities for IoT and the need for high availability of back end systems have made backhauling progressively more difficult. The edge requires a solution that can provide high availability and can be managed remotely, especially if the […]Read More
CKS Systeme Frees IT Staff, Eliminates Downtime with StorMagic SvSAN
CKS Systeme Frees IT Staff, Eliminates Downtime with StorMagic SvSANCKS Systeme (CKS) is a Germany-based IT software and security solutions division of Johnson Controls and subsidiary of Tyco Integrated Fire & Security. CKS offers 24×7 solutions such as detection and dispatch software and hardware, for emergency services such as fire departments, police stations and industrial control centers across Germany.                  CKS chose […]Read More
Hyperconverged vs composable infrastructure
Hyperconverged vs composable infrastructureTraditionally, enterprise IT infrastructures were designed around Storage Area Networks (SAN) and Network-attached storage (NAS) on dedicated networking equipment, using separate, dedicated ethernet switches and large scale-up compute systems to provide network connectivity. These systems were difficult to manage, and required an onsite specialist to oversee the systems. Over the last decade, technological advances such […]Read More
New case study: Autohaus Gruppe Seitz
New case study: Autohaus Gruppe SeitzAutohaus Gruppe Seitz is a family-run auto dealership network based in the Allgäu area of Germany, running across 21 sites. The IT department needed to modernize their outdated systems, in order to meet the demands of the digital age. The company has expanded rapidly in recent years and their business has become dependant on their […]Read More
Infographic: A lesson in cost effective high availability
Infographic: A lesson in cost effective high availabilitySome of the world’s most prestigious universities rely on SvSAN to prevent unplanned downtime. Educational institutions need a system that is simple to provision and manages and can ensure critical systems uptime. This infographic outlines how SvSAN saves Oxford University and Boston University Medical Campus a significant amount of money on their hardware refresh while […]Read More
StorMagic SvSAN with Data Encryption Named Winner in 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards Program
StorMagic SvSAN with Data Encryption Named Winner in 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards ProgramThis week, StorMagic SvSAN was named a Bronze Winner in the Encryption Product Category of the 2019 Cybersecurity Excellence Awards. This program honors individuals, products and companies that demonstrate excellence, innovation and leadership in information security. The finalists and winners were selected based on the strength of their nomination, as well as the popular vote […]Read More
Part 1: Public Cloud versus Onsite IT : Who’s Ahead in 2019?
Part 1: Public Cloud versus Onsite IT : Who’s Ahead in 2019?By Tony Asaro and Bruce Kornfeld We recently hosted a webinar that examined the state of public cloud versus onsite IT in 2019. In this two-part blog series, we’ll highlight a few of the topics we tackled during the event. The link to listen to the replay on demand at your convenience is here. Several […]Read More
The New Cisco ISR 4461 and SvSAN
The New Cisco ISR 4461 and SvSANOne of the most exciting trends of networking and computing today is the race to the edge. Increasing capabilities for IoT and the need for high availability of back end systems have made backhauling progressively more difficult. Cisco and StorMagic have come together to provide a leading solution to address the challenges at the edge […]Read More
Infographic: German manufacturing
Infographic: German manufacturingSvSAN is trusted by some of the largest manufacturers in Germany. Why did they choose StorMagic SvSAN?       By clicking subscribe above, you consent to allow StorMagic to store and process the personal information submitted and for StorMagic to contact you via telephone and email in relation to your request. StorMagic is committed […]Read More
Tony Asaro joining us to talk about the growth of cloud vs. onsite IT
Tony Asaro joining us to talk about the growth of cloud vs. onsite ITWe’ve invited Tony Asaro to join StorMagic’s GM – Americas & CMO, Bruce Kornfeld for a very special webinar. In case you don’t know Tony, he’s an Industry Analyst and Technologist, who focuses on software-as-a-service, data lifecycle and associated compelling technologies. He’s CEO, senior analyst, consultant and founder of the INI Group, an analyst, consulting, […]Read More
Scaling with SvSAN
Scaling with SvSANOrganizations can often fall victim to over-provisioning their HCI solution because most appliance models have limited choices for storage and processor/memory combinations. However, SvSAN is designed to be flexible, and allow users to configure to their precise requirements. You can use Storage Performance Analysis (find more here) to understand your organization’s workloads and configure your […]Read More
Infographic: Security Center of Iceland
Infographic: Security Center of IcelandThe Security Center of Iceland provides on-site security, remote surveillance, CCTV and guarding services for healthcare organizations, retail stores, and airlines across Iceland. They require 24/7 availability for the monitoring center, for critical services. A priority for them was to add virtualization with triple redundancy to both in house and remote sites. They needed a […]Read More
SuperBowl LIII: How to Guarantee a Touchdown at your Edge Site
SuperBowl LIII: How to Guarantee a Touchdown at your Edge SiteImagine it: you’re sitting there with the #squad, ready to watch the Superbowl and cable/satellite connection goes blank. The signal comes back a few minutes later, but you’ve already missed a historic touchdown. You catch up on the highlights post-game, but it’s not the same as watching the big game live – right now.  You’re […]Read More
Infographic: High (flying) availability
Infographic: High (flying) availabilitySvSAN is a great solution for bringing high availability to edge sites, which makes it perfect for airports: where uptime is critical, and costs should be minimal. Schiphol airport deployed SvSAN over six years ago, and have enjoyed 100% system uptime since then. Lisbon airport relies on SvSAN for its vital docking systems while remaining […]Read More
Q&A with Brian Grainger, StorMagic’s CRO and Newest Board Member
Q&A with Brian Grainger, StorMagic’s CRO and Newest Board MemberEarlier this week, StorMagic announced that storage industry executive, Brian Grainger, has joined StorMagic as its chief revenue officer and a member of the Board of Directors. We’ve captured a short Q&A session with him to find out more about what he’s bringing to StorMagic and where he sees the organization, and the edge, heading […]Read More
Webinar Recap: Protecting Against Node Failure with SvSAN 3-Node Clusters
Webinar Recap: Protecting Against Node Failure with SvSAN 3-Node ClustersIn case you missed it, in December, we ran a webinar on a topic that we’ve been asked about frequently by end-users: Can you run SvSAN as a 3-node deployment? Mark Christie, Principal Technical Architect at StorMagic started the webinar by briefly outlining how SvSAN can be deployed as a 3-node system. With our approach […]Read More
SvSAN Performance: Five Tips for Best Practice (Video)
SvSAN Performance: Five Tips for Best Practice (Video)Join 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

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