How to Overcome the High Cost and Pressure of Surveillance Video Retention

Organizations with surveillance video systems are facing a dilemma: the cost of surveillance video retention is increasing rapidly due to the continual rise in camera counts and the higher quality of video and audio files being produced. Video lifecycle management is also becoming more confusing due to the constantly shifting landscape for compliance laws and minimum retention times. Companies are [...]

StorMagic ARQvault VMS Solution Brief

Video at and from the edge is significant. Keep it actionable with StorMagic ARQvault VMS. Surveillance video helps keep an eye on and control things. How do you keep an eye on and control your video? StorMagic ARQvault VMS is the most cost-effective way to use and retain surveillance video. It keeps all video active and significantly reduces costs [...]

Mitigating the Impact of Green IT Initiatives on High Availability

Organizations around the world are becoming more reliant on technology for everyday operations, and the demand for IT resources continues to grow exponentially. Many of today’s IT managers are faced with the challenge of implementing solutions that reduce their organization’s carbon footprints, without sacrificing performance or productivity.In this blog, we share several tips on how businesses can hit their “green [...]

Encryption – A Beginner’s Guide

Encryption is the process of protecting data by changing it from a readable form to an unreadable form. It uses complex algorithms to “scramble” and therefore protect data - as it’s unreadable and can’t be accessed.

Virtualized Storage – A Beginner’s Guide

Virtualized storage, or storage virtualization, is a technological concept developed within the past few decades. It enables organizations to remove the traditional boundaries of physical storage devices, by abstracting the disks and drives, and presenting them as a single, centralized pool of storage capacity.

Virtual SAN – A Beginner’s Guide

A virtual storage area network (SAN) is a software-based component that provides a virtualized ‘pool’ of storage to multiple virtual machines (VMs) and applications. In order to achieve this, data is passed (shared) between servers over a network using a protocol such as iSCSI or fibre channel.

High Availability – A Beginner’s Guide

High Availability (HA) describes a system that can sustain long periods of continuous operation, and remain operational, even if a part of the system is no longer in service. Decreased downtime, the elimination of single points of failure, and replication and distribution of data across multiple locations, are all contributing factors that come together to create a high availability infrastructure.

Infographic: Talking Shop with StorMagic

SvSAN provides the most simple and lightweight virtual SAN solution on the market, significantly reducing costs per site. This makes it the perfect storage infrastructure solution for retailers of all sizes. Find out why Sheetz Inc., Autohaus Gruppe Seitz and allnatura chose to deploy SvSAN in their stores. Read more about SvSAN for Retail, or browse our complete library of [...]

Hyperconvergence – A Beginners Guide

Hyperconvergence is a term used to describe the consolidation of computing, networking, and storage resources, into a single, streamlined datacenter architecture.

Edge Computing – A Beginners Guide

Edge computing is a term used to describe decentralized IT infrastructure. In an edge computing environment, applications, computation, and data storage are all carried out near the source of the data (i.e. at the “network edge”), as opposed to in the cloud or at an offsite datacenter. By processing data locally and minimizing the distance between devices and servers, edge computing delivers improved performance, requires less bandwidth, and reduces latency.

Software-Defined Storage – A Beginners Guide

Software-defined storage (SDS) is a form of storage virtualization. It significantly improves the simplicity and flexibility of data storage management by introducing a software layer, independent from the physical storage hardware (i.e. disks and SSDs).

Customer Win: Sheetz Implements StorMagic SvSAN Across Hundreds of Convenience Store Locations

Sheetz, an American convenience store chain, previously managed its business-level applications -- such as its credit processing and MySheetz® loyalty program -- across an assortment of single-function devices. They sought a hyperconverged solution that was more affordable, simple to use, and offered high availability (a feature that hadn’t been possible with their existing setup), all of which they were able [...]

ICYMI: Latest StorMagic Webinars, now on demand

Here 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, on-demand, at any time. Simply [...]

New Italian Customers Eliminate Physical SANs, Boost Performance with StorMagic SvSAN

More 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, decrease processing time and reduce [...]

How to Prevent Unplanned Downtime in Retail Stores

Ensuring 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 virtual SAN software creates simple, [...]

How the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix server crash could have easily been prevented

Earlier 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 in front, they can open [...]

Out and about: The latest from StorMagic

The 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 battlefield communications, is a perfect [...]

How Niche Players will Shape the Future of Edge Computing

Gartner predicts there will be five key imperatives that drive the future of edge computing. They believe these five factors will be a universal predictor that determines the success of edge solutions, across all future edge markets and sectors. The five key pillars are: Low-latency requirements Local interactivity Low bandwidth needs Security Limited autonomy These pillars suggest edge solutions that [...]

StorMagic included as a Niche Player in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure

The Gartner 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 is tailored to fit [...]

Travel Light with SvSAN

In a competitive and ever-evolving air transportation industry, investment in IT infrastructure is mission critical.

Video: SvSAN on Hyper V

Join 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, and then configure SvSAN. Steve [...]

StorMagic announced as new HPE Technology Partner, and server validation

As 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 ‘hard working’ small sites. Both [...]

Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part Two

Continuing 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 or mobile phone, we aren’t [...]

Defining the Edge for the Modern Era: Part One

With the advent of mobile connectivity, bring your own devices, working from home and this unilateral shift from on-premises 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 angles: Big Data, Cloud-Ready, Everyware, [...]

The Terrifying Tale of Edge Computing Done Wrong

Are 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 had overprovisioned, But they’d never [...]

The results are in! DCIG compares StorMagic SvSAN and VMware vSAN

A 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 given a really nice pair [...]

New webinar: Replacing old physical SAN with SvSAN

Sometimes, 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 hyperconverged infrastructure provides many benefits [...]

PraxisIFM Deploys SvSAN in Two Datacenters to Eliminate Downtime and Data Loss

PraxisIFM 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 business operations. It was configured [...]

Infographic: SvSAN in the Legal Sector

IT 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 & Reeve to eliminate [...]

Infographic: Disaster Recovery – The Cost of Downtime

Digital 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 outages can negatively impact your [...]

Gartner Catalyst: All Things Edge

Last 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 about housing corporate data in [...]

Infographic: 3 great ways to use a Raspberry Pi

With 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 service to provide quorum for [...]