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StorMagic offers Free VSA

March 3, 2009

StorMagic (UK) is offering a “free” license for their new $1,000 virtual storage appliance (VSA) targeted speficically at VMware ESX users. This VSA – like all VSAs to date – targets the directly attached storage (DAS) of your ESX server as fodder for shared storage: by commandeering and redistributing the DAS as a network share for all ESX servers in your farm.

How is StorMagic’s VSA – the call it the StorMagic SvSAN – different from other VSA offerings?

  • First, it is being offered “free’ for the 2TB management license if you “qualify” by getting a “promo code” from a reseller. Fortunately, getting a promo code is as easy clicking the “help balloon” on the download form.
  • Second, it offers a commercially supported SAN platform – under ESX – that can be managed directly from vCenter. This allows direct management of the underlying RAID controller on the ESX hardware. Currently, all LSI MegaRAID SAS controllers are supported, as well as 3Ware’s 9500S, 9650SE and 9690 Series, plus support for Intel’s SRCSAS-RB/JV and SRCSATAWB controllers.
  • Thirdly, the VSA supports all of the basic functions needed in an ESX/HA environment: high availability and mirroring, snapshots and iSCSI. HA features are available hrough an additional license (now being offered 2-for-1) and 256 levels of snapshot – per VSA – that work with a VSS provider for Windows.

More importantly, StorMagic is a VMware Technology Alliance Partner, implying a depth of support that OpenSource “free” products can not offer. SvSAN requires ESX 3.5+, one vCPU, 2000MHz reservation, 1GB memory, Gigabit Ethernet connection(s), 500MB disk space and a supported RAID controller. Follow this link to try SvSAN.

One comment

  1. I know this post is old but I thought I should add an update on our free VSA.

    The Free VSA promotion has expired and will only be available in 2012 again for a short period of time.

    There have been some great advances with SvSAN since this article was written. succh as HA without the need for vCenter. Thats right you heard it, that means HA is now possible to achieve on free versions of ESXi and ESXi essentials. check it out. http://www.stormagic.com

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