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ICYMI: Latest StorMagic Webinars, now on demand
ICYMI: Latest StorMagic Webinars, now on demandHere at StorMagic, we like to cover a wide range of topics on our webinars, and during the latter stages of 2019, we ran a number of them in quick succession. In case you missed any, here is a round-up of what was discussed. Each webinar we produce is recorded, and available to watch back, […]Read More
New Italian Customers Eliminate Physical SANs, Boost Performance with StorMagic SvSAN
New Italian Customers Eliminate Physical SANs, Boost Performance with StorMagic SvSANMore companies today than ever before are opting to replace their physical SANs and virtualize their infrastructures to alleviate cost and time burdens associated with outdated hardware. Two Italy-based StorMagic customers recently moved away from using traditional SANs to dramatically reduce costs, improve reliability and boost performance.  Industrial sites are under pressure to improve reliability, […]Read More
How to Prevent Unplanned Downtime in Retail Stores
How to Prevent Unplanned Downtime in Retail StoresEnsuring high availability in retail stores is crucial, as unplanned downtime can result in loss of revenue and damage to your brand. However, it can be hard to find a solution that delivers 100% uptime without adding unnecessary complexity and costs. StorMagic SvSAN is the easy way to eliminate downtime at retail stores. The lightweight […]Read More
How the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix server crash could have easily been prevented
How the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix server crash could have easily been preventedEarlier this month, an unplanned server outage at the Formula 1 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix led to the DRS (Drag Reduction System) being disabled for 17 laps. The technology is meant to kick in at the start of lap three, and is designed to make overtaking easier. When drivers are close enough to a car […]Read More
Out and about: The latest from StorMagic
Out and about: The latest from StorMagicThe last few months have been incredibly busy for the StorMagic team. We ended October by exhibiting at the Fall Technology Expo at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. StorMagic Channel Sales Rep, Jeff Fedorowicz, was there to talk about SvSAN’s suitability for military use cases. The German Army’s case study, using SvSAN in mobile […]Read More
How Niche Players will Shape the Future of Edge Computing
How Niche Players will Shape the Future of Edge ComputingGartner predicts that there will be five key imperatives that will drive the future of edge computing, and while there will be a variety of edge markets and sectors, these five factors will be a uniform predictor of the success of a solution, across the whole variety of different ‘types’ of edge solution. The five […]Read More
StorMagic included as a Niche Player in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure
StorMagic included as a Niche Player in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged InfrastructureGartner’s Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure is the most reliable, comprehensive market research report within the industry. This week, StorMagic celebrates recognition as a Niche Player in the report, for a second year, in the 2019 Magic Quadrant. Our product, SvSAN is specifically designed to reduce complexity and costs for edge sites. Our two-node solution […]Read More
Travel Light with SvSAN
Travel Light with SvSANIn a competitive and ever-evolving air transportation industry, investment in IT infrastructure is mission critical.Read More
Video: SvSAN on Hyper V
Video: SvSAN on Hyper VJoin StorMagic PreSales Technical Services Engineer, Steve Bettison as he talks you through everything you need to know about deploying SvSAN on Hyper-V. Steve talks you through all the vital aspects of a joint SvSAN and Hyper-V solution, from the planning stages and factors to consider, to setting up the host servers, how to deploy, […]Read More
StorMagic announced as new HPE Technology Partner, and server validation
StorMagic announced as new HPE Technology Partner, and server validationAs more and more data moves to the edge, the complexity and demands on edge sites increases dramatically. Is it possible to configure simple, cost-effective IT infrastructure for the edge, without sacrificing performance? The HPE ProLiant DL325 and DL360 Gen10 rack servers are HPE’s high performing 2U and 1U servers, which are specifically designed for […]Read More
Introducing: Edge in a Box
Introducing: Edge in a BoxLast week, StorMagic and APC unveiled our latest joint offering, specifically designed to make edge computing smaller, lighter and more simple than ever before.  As the amount of data being produced and processed at the edge increases, there is an ever growing need for edge computing solutions to provide 100% uptime for mission critical applications, […]Read More
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

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