StarWind’s iSCSI SAN Software is Tested by OpenBench Labs for Performance with VMware

OpenBench Labs Conducts Lab Performance Tests and Report about StarWind’s iSCSI Storage Software that Turns Any Servers Into a SAN

Online PR News – 04-September-2009 – – Burlington, MA – Sept 2, 2009 – StarWind Software, a global leader in storage virtualization and iSCSI Storage Software for SMBs, was the subject of an openBench Lab Performance Report. StarWind’s iSCSI SAN software enables customers to convert any Windows Server 2003 or 2008 into an enterprise-class SAN and vastly improves VMware and other server application data with Synchronous Data Mirroring, Remote Replication, CDP & Automatic Snapshots and Thin Provisioning.

Jack Fegreus, founder and Chief Technology Officer at OpenBench Labs conducted the in-depth testing and had this to say about StarWind, “As a software-only product for iSCSI storage virtualization, StarWind Enterprise Server from StarWind Software provides IT with a cost effective means to leverage storage virtualization and help deliver critical data management services for business continuity. With StarWind's storage virtualization technology, any 32-bit or 64-bit Windows Server can be used to provide iSCSI target devices capable of sharing access with multiple hosts."

As Jack further points out, “The simplicity of providing virtualization with a software iSCSI SAN solution allows StarWind to fit a wide range of IT needs. For SMB sites, where direct-attached storage (DAS) is dominant, IT can leverage StarWind Enterprise Server with existing Ethernet infrastructure to adopt a SAN paradigm with minimal capital expenditure (CapEx) and operating (OpEx) costs. At large enterprise sites, IT can immediately garner a positive return on investment (ROI) by leveraging StarWind Enterprise Server to extend storage consolidation to desktop systems for improved storage utilization, on-demand storage provisioning, higher data availability, booting over the SAN, and tighter risk management.”

“We pride ourselves on providing an enterprise-class storage virtualization solution and this lab report has certainly shown that our hard work has paid off.” said Zorian Rotenberg, President and CEO, StarWind Software, “We do focus on the small to midsize companies and want to ensure that our customers get all the storage features they need for their business at a price they can afford.”

Key Features of StarWind Enterprise Server include:
• Synchronous Data Mirroring: eliminates single point of failure with real-time mirroring.
• Remote / Asynchronous Replication: replicates your storage remotely across a WAN.
• CDP & Automatic Snapshots: captures point-in-time snapshots with unlimited rollback points.
• Server Clustering: provides shared storage for High Availability server clustering.
• Thin Provisioning: allocates space dynamically for highly efficient disk utilization.

Key Benefits of StarWind Enterprise Server:
• Convert any 64-bit or 32-bit Windows server into a SAN
• Unlimited node connections and unlimited TB storage capacity
• License covers a pair or 2 servers for mirroring and replication
• Shared storage for High Availability server cluster configurations
• Networked storage for VMware ESX and ESXi, Hyper-V and XenServer
• Supports VMware features: VMotion, Storage VMotion, HA, DRS and VCB
• Can be configured with single or dual controllers and RAID 5, RAID 6, RAID 10, and RAID 50

The full report is available from the StarWind Website

About StarWind Software Inc.
StarWind Software is a leading global provider of Storage Virtualization and iSCSI Storage Software. The flagship product, StarWind Enterprise Server, is a storage virtualization software that turns any Windows server into an enterprise-class SAN it is designed to create shared storage used by server clusters within high availability environments for server applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint Server and others. It is also designed to provide shared storage for virtualization environments with Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX, VMware ESXi and VMware vSphere 4.0. Its enterprise-class features include Synchronous Data Mirroring, Remote Replication, CDP / Instant Snapshots, Thin Provisioning and virtual tape library (VTL). Since 2003, StarWind has pioneered the iSCSI storage industry and has been the solution of choice for thousands of global companies in over 100 countries, from small and midsize companies, to governments, and Fortune 1000 clients. For additional information regarding StarWind Software, please visit


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