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Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part Two
Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part TwoContinuing 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 […]Read More
Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part One
Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part OneWith 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 […]Read More
The Terrifying Tale of Edge Computing Done Wrong
The Terrifying Tale of Edge Computing Done WrongAre 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 […]Read More
The results are in! DCIG compares StorMagic SvSAN and VMware vSAN
The results are in! DCIG compares StorMagic SvSAN and VMware vSANA 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 […]Read More
New webinar: Replacing old physical SAN with SvSAN
New webinar: Replacing old physical SAN with SvSANSometimes, 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 […]Read More
PraxisIFM Deploys SvSAN in Two Datacenters to Eliminate Downtime and Data Loss
PraxisIFM Deploys SvSAN in Two Datacenters to Eliminate Downtime and Data LossPraxisIFM 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 […]Read More
How Lenovo simplified the edge
How Lenovo simplified the edgeThe edge is rising. As cities become smarter, more cars drive themselves, and tech becomes more ingrained than ever into our day-to-day lives, data is moving away from the datacenter and towards the edge.  The ability to process data effectively at the edge requires the same technology that is seen in the datacenter. The edge […]Read More
Out and about – StorMagic’s EMEA teams hit the road
Out and about – StorMagic’s EMEA teams hit the roadDepending on where you are in the world, October will either evoke an image of golden crunchy leaves, pumpkin spice and fluffy jumpers, or it conjures scenes of cold, persistent rain, grey skies, sludgy mush on the ground, and soggy socks. For the StorMagic team, it’s our busiest time of year for getting out and […]Read More
Enabling secure HCI at the edge with Encryption and Key Management
Enabling secure HCI at the edge with Encryption and Key ManagementEdge sites require leaner infrastructure than traditional datacenters, making physical attack the most likely security threat that an edge site will face. Therefore, a critical aspect of security for edge sites is encryption. Unfortunately, a fundamental part of encryption is key management, something that can be almost impossible to implement over lots of edge and […]Read More
SvSAN 6.2 Technical Webinar: Now available on demand
SvSAN 6.2 Technical Webinar: Now available on demandBoth parts of our technical examination of SvSAN 6.2 are now available on demand. In our most well-attended webinar yet, the StorMagic technical team outlines how the new edition of SvSAN operates, and what it can do to simplify your edge site. In part one, the team outlines how to configure a typical two node […]Read More
Are you overcomplicating your edge storage?
Are you overcomplicating your edge storage?More and more is being asked of small, remote, and edge sites. Gartner estimates that by 2022, 75% of enterprise-generated data will be created and processed outside the traditional, centralized datacenter or cloud. This data needs to be processed quickly and reliably. The threat of downtime, whether through accidents, hardware failures or natural disasters is […]Read More
Infographic: SvSAN in the Legal Sector
Infographic: SvSAN in the Legal SectorIT is critical to a law firm and downtime is not an option. As well as lost productivity and revenue, downtime can also lead to loss of data, which can be difficult to recover. In the legal sector, this data could potentially be highly sensitive. SvSAN is a tried-and-tested solution in the legal sector, allowing Mills […]Read More
Benore Logistics adds Redundancy, Gains 10x Performance Speeds with SvSAN
Benore Logistics adds Redundancy, Gains 10x Performance Speeds with SvSANBenore Logistic Systems, a Michigan-based supply chain logistics company, previously used an external SAN. Performance was poor and the IT team wanted to add redundancy to the environment. The team began searching for an updated replacement solution that was easy to use and maintain, and backed by excellent support services.  Enter StorMagic. Since moving to […]Read More
Infographic: Disaster Recovery – The Cost of Downtime
Infographic: Disaster Recovery – The Cost of DowntimeDigital technology has completely revolutionized the way we do business. It is now so interwoven that IT services are beyond a requirement; they are critical. Our dependence on these systems and functions has therefore become an Achilles’ heel, and disaster recovery has become a subject of priority for businesses across the globe. Even seemingly small […]Read More
New webinar: A Technical Examination of SvSAN 6.2
New webinar: A Technical Examination of SvSAN 6.2On Wednesday September 11th at 11:00 AM EDT / 4:00 PM BST, the StorMagic technical team will be broadcasting the first installment of a two-part detailed examination of SvSAN 6.2 This first webinar will start with a look at common use cases and a demo of a typical deployment, as well as enablement of the […]Read More
StorMagic at VMworld US 2019
StorMagic at VMworld US 2019Last week, we joined 21,000 attendees and 230 sponsors and exhibitors, from over 86 countries for this year’s VMworld US, in San Francisco.  The event held sessions throughout the event, focusing on emerging trends, and examined topics such as: security for edge and IoT, increasing business value using IoT, and various best practices for moving […]Read More
Gartner Catalyst: All Things Edge
Gartner Catalyst: All Things EdgeLast week the StorMagic team visited San Diego and met with attendees, partners and analysts. Edge computing was in the spotlight with many conference sessions and keynotes covering the topic, and underscored by several drop ins at our booth to discuss how StorMagic can help. Ten to fifteen years ago, the data storage market was all […]Read More
StorMagic in Germany: Newest Customer, Recent Events
StorMagic in Germany: Newest Customer, Recent EventsDruckerei Rindt GmbH & Co KG is a Germany-based traditional sheetfed offset printing company that offers services including consultation, pre-press, printing and book binding. Druckerei Rindt manages its internal data for compute, and also printing and graphics data from customers using StorMagic SvSAN. “StorMagic SvSAN Advanced Edition added significant reliability and performance improvements into our […]Read More
Have you got the magic?
Have you got the magic?At StorMagic, we’re striving to make the complex simple. In order to do this, we’re building a company culture that is progressive, collaborative, and bold.   We’re delighted at the growth that StorMagic has experienced. There are currently more members of staff than ever before, reaching farther across the globe. In the last year, we […]Read More
StorMagic SvSAN on the Lenovo Configurator
StorMagic SvSAN on the Lenovo ConfiguratorStorMagic’s relationship with Lenovo extends back many years, and now StorMagic SvSAN is available on the Lenovo configurator. It is now easier than ever to benefit from cost-effective, high performance hardware, paired with simple and lightweight virtual storage.  We’re really excited with this development in our partnership with Lenovo – both companies share similar ideologies […]Read More
Dominos: The autonomous vehicle innovator
Dominos: The autonomous vehicle innovatorThere are three large companies that are ‘driving’ the development and roll out of autonomous vehicles: Tesla, Uber and Dominos. While Dominos seems an unlikely organization to be developing ground-breaking driverless tech, this new development joins a long list of clever innovations that Dominos have used to put themselves ahead of their competition.  After sales […]Read More
Infographic: 3 great ways to use a Raspberry Pi
Infographic: 3 great ways to use a Raspberry PiWith the launch of the Raspberry Pi 4, we thought it would be interesting to look at some of the many fascinating ways it’s been used in this Raspberry Pi infographic. The infographic looks at three uses – a smart sprinkler system, a disposable camera that creates animated GIFs, and its use as a witness […]Read More
StorMagic SvSAN Recognized in Storries XVI Awards Program
StorMagic SvSAN Recognized in Storries XVI Awards ProgramThe Storage Awards 2019, also known as The Storries, hosted its sixteenth annual ceremony last week at the Leonardo Royal City Hotel in London. StorMagic was honored in the “Software-Defined Storage (SDS) Vendor of the Year” category as the runner up to first-place winner, IBM. The black tie event has become an industry favorite and […]Read More
Top 5 List: Why SvSAN and StorSecure are a Magic fit for Channel Partners
Top 5 List: Why SvSAN and StorSecure are a Magic fit for Channel PartnersOn the heels of recent channel program enhancements and global partnership expansion, let’s explore the top five reasons why SvSAN and StorSecure are the ideal addition to your partner toolkit: Expertise: Edge and small datacenter sites have always been our focus. StorMagic SvSAN provides exactly what edge and small datacenters are looking for: high availability, reliability […]Read More
An Appreciation of the Raspberry Pi
An Appreciation of the Raspberry PiThis week, the world celebrated the release of the Raspberry Pi 4: the miniature computer that is known for being a versatile tool of innovation. In appreciation, we’ve compiled three of our favorite uses of the Raspberry Pi: In California, Adarash Ambati realised that the average American household is wasting a whopping 25% of their […]Read More
StorMagic Sales Kick Off Event: Gallery
StorMagic Sales Kick Off Event: GalleryLast week, StorMagic’s sales and marketing teams assembled from around the world to kick off the start of FY20. We’ve got a really exciting year ahead, and so the team celebrated the start of it with a company wide BBQ, and making the most of a sunny Bristol with a boat trip. Here’s some of […]Read More
SHI becomes a StorMagic Channel Partner
SHI becomes a StorMagic Channel PartnerThis week, we announced a new partnership between StorMagic and SHI. SHI International is one of North America’s top 10 largest IT solutions providers and has joined StorMagic’s award-winning Channel Partner Program, reselling SvSAN software into edge sites and small datacenters.  “SHI’s team was drawn to StorMagic because of its solid corporate strategy and software […]Read More
Saving money with SvSAN and AMD
Saving money with SvSAN and AMDLast week, we announced that SvSAN is now certified with AMD EPYC™ 7000 processors. We’re really excited about working with AMD to make storage as simple and cost effective as possible. The joint solution from StorMagic and AMD lets edge and small datacenters affordably optimize their storage environments and add data security while ensuring uptime […]Read More
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 to […]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 an eye out for your favourite 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

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