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Review: StarWind Enterprise Server – Part II

This is the second of a series of posts reviewing the StarWind Enterprise Server iSCSI software target.  The posts relate to version 4 of the product.  Previous post(s) can be found at: Review: StarWind Enterprise Server – Part I In the first post of this review, I explained how StarWind’s server product provided the ability to turn a Windows server into an iSCSI storage device.  ... Read More »

Review: StarWind Enterprise Server – Part I

This is the first of a number of posts reviewing the StarWind Enterprise Server iSCSI software target.  The posts relate to version 4 of the product. Not everyone wants or can afford to buy dedicated storage arrays, especially in current climates.  So if you don’t want to spend money on a bespoke storage solution, are there any other options available?  One of them ... Read More »

Social Networking: GestaltIT Tech Field Day Confirmed!

No doubt if you follow things on GestaltIT, you will know that the first Tech Field Day has been confirmed.  Vendors baked in to present their products are (in no particular order): 3Par, Data Robotics Inc, MDS, Nirvanix, Ocarina Networks and Xsigo Systems. There are a select number of bloggers from the IT community attending (myself included), with interests covering ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Storage Fusion Nominated for Award!

I don’t talk about it much, however I work with a company called Storage Fusion, who sell SRA (Storage Resource Analysis), a tool for monitoring heterogenous storage environments. The good news is that Storage Fusion have been nominated for a BCS award.  I’m really pleased the product has a chance of getting some recognition.  Usually, once customers see the product ... Read More »

Enteprise Computing: Automated Tiering – Why Move The Data?

There’s been a lot of talk lately about automated storage tiering (not least from myself) and there’s one piece of the puzzle I’m not completely sure has been explored in depth.  Many of the posts refer to physically moving data between tiers of internal (or external) storage.  In legacy environments where LUNs are comprised of disk slices – either whole ... Read More »

Enterprise Computing: Storage Expo – It’s All Over

So Storage Expo is over for another year.  As usual it was the mix of meeting old friends, finding out who had moved to work with who and working out how early to head out to the pub! For me, there were a number of interesting take aways: SVC 5.0 – lots of new stuff here that will form part ... Read More »