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Finding the right storage solution for virtualizing your remote office/branch office environments can be a real challenge. Leveraging Storage Virtual Appliances (SVAs) may be your best solution, but are you prepared to take action? What do you need to know to make an educated decision?




Join our webinar to learn how virtualizing your remote and branch sites with an SVA may be the right choice for your organization.  Hear from Blackned and learn why they chose an SVA for the German Army, including what questions they asked and the process they took to find the right solution


In this webinar we’ll discuss the common challenges addressed by an SVA solution, including:
- Budget restraints
- Limited IT resources
- The need to achieve high availability at multiple sites


Then we’ll tackle important questions often addressed, including:
- What to look for in an SVA solution;
- How does an SVA manage multi-site environments effectively; and
- How does an SVA meet both short-term and long-term budget requirements?


When: 14th of December 2011: 12:00 - 13:00 EST / 17:00 - 18:00 GMT


If you missed our Webinar on November the 9th 2011,  on solving challenges in achieving remote office / branch office (ROBO)  virtual environments, you can now watch it online at:


Limited space: Stores, restaurants, remote sites and  branch offices typically have limited space to accommodate additional  servers, storage and networking equipment.


Limited budget: IT budgets are often based upon an  assumption that the applications will be hosted on a single low-cost PC  server. However, this cheaper hardware option is a single point of  failure that can interrupt the ability to service customers, record  transactions, manage staffing and inventory, and process payments. In  addition, maintenance must be done during high-cost, off hours.


Lack of local IT: Few organizations can afford  trained IT staff at all of their branch locations. It is equally  inefficient to leverage centrally located IT staff to provide emergency  onsite support. This approach increases travel costs and extends the  problem-resolution time, which directly impacts profitability.


Questions and Answers from Webinar:

Q1: Is RDM Mapping supported with all RAID-Controllers that are on the VMware HCL (or only with specific RAID-Controllers) ?

A:) RDM is supported with most RAID controllers, to  check compatibility please contact support with details on raid cards at


Q2: Is the SVA-VM able to handle 10 Gbit wire-speed with 1  vCPU ? (vmxnet3 no problem, but is the SVA-VM supported with 2 vCPU’s) ?

A: The SvSAN would take advantage of second CPU,  backend would take advantage of second CPU. Currently re-architecting  for a later date. Performance is based upon the underlying disks in the  host.


Q3: What sort of latency does SVSAN introduce ?

A: Depends on how you allocate storage to SvSAN, for more information contact our support on


Q4: Does it support vSphere 5 ?

A: Yes


Q5: How is SvSAN Licensed ?

A: Licensing is based on capacity and per server. A  copy of SvSAN comes with 2 licenses to cover 2 Server HA. Licences can  be purchased individually. For more info visit:


Q6: How many remote sites can I manage from your plugin ?

A: There is no upper limit on how many remote sites can be managed from plugin.


Q7: Is SvSAN Certified by Vmware ?

A: SvSAN is certified for ESX/i 4.1 and is currently going through Certification for vSphere 5


Q8: How is data replicated between sites ?

A: SvSAN is Active-Active, however we do not do  Active-Active replication over long distance sites due to restraints in  Bandwidth. Looking to introduce Asynchronous Replication for DRS next  year


Q9: What Hardware is compatible with SvSAN ?

A: Look ar VMware hardware compatibility list.  Always keep in mind that storage is always based on performance on  underlying disks.


To watch the webinar please visit:


To arrange a demo or for more info please visit our website at or email us at

Steven SantiniRemote  sites and branch offices present unique challenges for IT managers.  This is especially apparent in the retail, restaurant, and hospitality  sectors. Outages due to hardware and network failures and requirements  for off-hours software maintenance impact sales, staffing and support  costs, and the company brand. At the same time, a limited per-location  budget, a lack of on-site technical skills, and virtualization’s  requirement for additional hardware and software, prevent organizations  from accessing the high-availability benefits of virtualization.


  • Limited space:   Stores, restaurants, remote sites and branch offices typically have  limited space to accommodate additional servers, storage and networking  equipment.
  • Limited budget:  IT budgets are often based upon an assumption that the applications  will be hosted on a single low-cost, PC server, however, this cheaper  hardware option is a single point of failure that can interrupt the  ability to service customers, record transactions, manage staffing and  inventory, and process payments. In addition, maintenance must be done  during high-cost, off hours.
  • Lack of local IT:  Few organizations can afford trained IT staff at all of their branch  locations. It is equally inefficient to leverage centrally located IT  staff to provide emergency onsite support. This approach increases  travel costs and extends the problem-resolution time, which directly  impacts profitability.


These  unique challenges require an equally unique solution; a solution that  not only provides the shared storage you need to achieve high  availability, but also requires little additional space, enables remote  monitoring and maintenance, and avoids high-cost emergency repairs.

This is where StorMagic’s SvSAN steps in.

SvSAN  is a storage virtual appliance that is not constrained by the typical  limitations of external, shared storage and other Storage Virtual  Appliances. How does it solve these unique challenges?:


  • Limited Space: SvSAN can be installed on as few as two low-cost servers and leverages  the internal storage of those servers as shared VMware datastores.  Unlike other high-availability approaches, which require three servers  to achieve high-availability, SvSAN requires no Quorum (Neutral Storage  Host).
  • Limited budget: Not only is SvSAN is one of the most affordable SVA’s available it can  also provide HA on any edition of ESXi 4.1 or ESXi 5. SvSAN can even  provide high availability on free versions of ESXi.
  • Lack of local IT:  SvSAN can be setup in as few as 5 minutes and can be managed from a  central office or remotely. Where vCenter is preferred, SvSAN is  integrated to provide further ease of use.


Learn how SvSAN can solve these challenges for you!


Join us on November the 9th 2011!


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Creditplus bank had a common set of challenges (Bundget, performance, flexibility), their physical SAN solution which cost them 10's of thousands of dollars was not up to the task.


“StorMagic’s SvSAN™was the product that met all of our requirements interms of functionality, performance, reliability and cost effectiveness”


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