At VMworld 2013, we launched Version 5.1 of our flagship product SvSAN. Initial feedback on the new features has been fantastic. The new version is generally available to the market and available for evaluation on the StorMagic website.
IT organizations have increasingly been looking for alternative virtualization solutions for multi-site environments, mostly because of their need to lower costs. SvSAN 5.1 extends hypervisor support and compatibility to include Microsoft’s Hyper-V, enabling organizations to manage distributed vSphere and Hyper-V environments. This also adds tremendous flexibility and makes the transition to a vSphere, Hyper-V or mixed environment easier and more efficient.
In addition to support for Microsoft Hyper-V, new elements in SvSAN 5.1 include:
- VSA restore This feature simplifies and automates the process of recovering a virtual storage appliance (VSA), rebuilding mirrored targets and replacing failed vSphere servers. This maximizes the highly available, shared storage SvSAN delivers – and the value users receive from it.
- Support for the VMware Atomic Test Set (ATS) fundamental operation. ATS can lock specific disk sectors instead of an entire disk, helping to avoid disk contention issues in clusters during metadata updates.
- Virtual machine and Linux support for the SvSAN neutral storage host (NSH). The NSH now can be installed as a service to an existing Linux server/virtual machine, giving users extra deployment flexibility.