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StorMagic, a software-defined storage company enabling hyper-converged infrastructure for two nodes configuration and SMB,  has announced the launch of SvSAN 6. With the launch of Version 6 StorMagic will, for the first time, offer SvSAN in a Standard and Advanced Edition. Both will be available globally now that StorMagic is a Preferred Solution Partner within the Cisco® Solutions Partner Program and via the company’s OEM agreement.

SvSAN eliminates the need for physical SANs, preventing downtime for business critical applications, and lowering IT acquisition and operating cost. SvSAN is a affordable way for companies to take advantage of the very latest hyper-converged infrastructure in a lean IT environment, with the common user cases of SMB companies or large organizations with remote or branch offices. With version 6 you take advantage of advanced storage caching features that enable the perfect balance of flexibility, efficiency and performance, while also future-proofing their IT infrastructure:

  • Flexibility: Deploy any storage in any server on your choice of hypervisor
  • Efficiency: Save time, money and reduce your carbon footprint
  • Performance: Designed for the most demanding applications

In version 5.3 there was already a support for SSD caching, but only read-only. Now it’s possible automatically leveraging the internal memory, SSD and SATA/SAS storage tiers of two industry standard servers, SvSAN 6 presents a virtual SAN to the hypervisor providing major gains in performance and a reduction in power consumption.

But also use the new in-memory caching, in this case just read-only by leavering the virtual RAM of the VSA nodes.

SvSAN 6 also delivers synchronous mirroring to protect data in real time, high availability to guarantee service uptime and VSA restore, which ensures rapid data recovery in the event of a hardware failure. It includes stretched clusters to increase service resiliency within geographically distributed SvSAN VSA nodes, rapid recovery and target migration to ensure transparent movement of targets between available SvSAN resources. In addition, SvSAN 6 features storage pooling to improve storage utilization and categorization, and provides simplified storage administration capabilities with centralized monitoring and management software that allows admins to control multiple SvSAN remotely from a single location.

“This major new release of SvSAN represents a significant step forward and ensures that StorMagic leads the market by delivering a set of advanced storage features that have not previously been available with this level of simplicity and affordability,” said Hans O’Sullivan, CEO of StorMagic. “We are delighted to be working with Cisco in bringing to market Version 6 of SvSAN with Cisco UCS to deliver next generation software defined storage with unprecedented flexibility, efficiency, performance and simplicity.”

Starting with version 6 there will be two different editions of the product:

  • Standard Edition includes everything that you need in a software-defined storage solution to configure for the lowest-cost, high-availability infrastructure.
  • Advanced Edition provides highly-sophisticated memory caching and intelligent data auto-tiering, to unleash the full power of memory and hybrid disk configurations.

All new purchases of SvSAN before August 31, 2016, can be automatically upgraded to Advanced Edition at no additional cost.

Features Standard Edition Advanced Edition
Minimum Cluster size 2 2
Synchronous Mirroring/High-Availability x x
Stretched/Metro Cluster Support x x
Volume Migration x x
VSA Restore (VMware ONLY) x x
VMware vSphere Storage API (VAAI) Support x x
Centralized management and monitoring x x
Remote shared quorum x x
I/O Performance statistics x x
Multiple VSA GUI deployment & upgrade x x
PowerShell Shell script generation x x
SSD Caching x
Memory-based caching – most frequently used mode x
Memory-based caching – read ahead mode x
Memory-based caching – data pinning mode x
Intelligent automated tiering x

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