StarWind’s Free version converts any Windows Server into an iSCSI SAN.  The new Free version allows you to run StarWind Server with 2 TB of storage space and 2 concurrent iSCSI connections.

via StarWind Software Download Center.

How cool is this?  StarWind Software, the storage virtualization and SAN iSCSI software folks, are providing quite an interesting offer to VMware vExperts, VCPs and VCI Professionals – You can build fault tolerant, highly available shared storage for vSphere environments with a free copy of StarWind’s $6,000 SAN software!  The offer is for non-production use, of course, which includes course training, development and test, and various demo purposes.  What a great benefit being offered – I suggest you read below and take advantage of this generous offer as soon as possible.

StarWind is an advanced and powerful SAN software that turns any standard Intel-architecture x86 or x64 server into a fully-functional SAN or network storage and enables advanced features like VMware VMotion and VMware HA.

With StarWind, VMware certified professionals will get a scalable storage platform for VMware vSphere environments with advanced features at absolutely no cost. By creating networked storage with StarWind SAN software, VMware administrators get a scalable, highly cost-effective and easy-to-use iSCSI SAN that fully protects their VMware virtual machines in the event of failure. StarWind’s true active-active high availability storage architecture provides continuous and non-disruptive access to storage in the event of failure by synchronously mirroring data between two active storage appliances, or nodes, in real time with automatic failover and failback.  If a disk, power or even an entire storage node fails, the redundant storage node will take over and will continue actively operating without any disruption, ensuring that storage is available and accessible on the network.

StarWind also enhances data protection in vSphere environments with additional features like Remote Replication, CDP/Snapshots and Thin Provisioning. A VMware vExpert, VCP or VCI can use StarWind for free to build a SAN for VMware vSphere environments by installing StarWind SAN software on any industry-standard Intel-architecture x86 or x64 server and get a shared storage environment configured in less than 30 minutes for use with training, testing and development or demoing other products with VMware.

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