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by robnicholson
Thu May 26, 2011 4:40 pm
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: Booting Windows 2008 directly off iSCSI (diskless system)
Replies: 21
Views: 11575

Booting Windows 2008 directly off iSCSI (diskless system)

We use XenServer and StarWind is working perfectly with it. At the moment, we are planning to do this with a Windows 2008 OS: 1. Put the (small) OS C: drive on iSCSI storage within XenServer 2. Mount the (large) data E: drive via iSCSI directly within Windows 2008 itself It will work fine. However, ...
by robnicholson
Tue May 24, 2011 9:15 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN
Replies: 12
Views: 7805

Re: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN

That's one hell of a development department ;-) Whilst still fiendisly expensive (£5.5k in UK) for a 24 port switch, it does still make StarWind plus 10Gbe still way cheaper than the hardware SAN world. Can EqualLogic (iSCSI) or Xiotech (fibre) match 10GBe yet and if so, what kind of money are we lo...
by robnicholson
Tue May 10, 2011 4:41 pm
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: Some feature requests
Replies: 32
Views: 17318

Re: Some feature requests

>Double-click on anything editable item should call editing dialog for this item. Don't Enter pressing only. It's so simple to implement, and it's so pleasantly to use. Err, are you supposed to be able to edit things once you've created a target? For example, change the auto-snapshot time period fro...
by robnicholson
Mon May 09, 2011 10:54 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN
Replies: 12
Views: 7805

Re: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN

Hmm, whilst 10Gbe cards are getting cheaper, switches are still pretty stiff.

Regards, Rob.
by robnicholson
Mon May 09, 2011 10:47 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN
Replies: 12
Views: 7805

Re: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN

>"Video killed the radio star!" (c) The Bugglers Thumbs up for performance at lower prices. SAN really does seem to be last bastion of old mainframe pricing ;-) >With 10 GbE becoming a mainstream (and 40 GbE and 100 GbE being under development) there's no sense to invest into FC if you had...
by robnicholson
Mon May 09, 2011 10:44 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN
Replies: 12
Views: 7805

Re: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN

>I would not consider StarWind as "el cheapo" solution. You always need to calculate hidden costs. With EQL you get everything in one package "all inclusive" style: hardware, software and installation labor. With StarWind you need to pick up proper hardware, pay for it, pick up p...
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:08 pm
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: Automtic snapshots
Replies: 1
Views: 1645

Automtic snapshots

Yeah, got the IT strategy signed off today so purchasing a copy of StarWind. Quite looking forward to getting a SAN just from the flexibility POV. Okay, so we need to get out more, Anyway, still got the trial running. I set on up to snapshot every 30 minutes and keep 10 copies then sat there watchin...
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:39 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: iSCSI off-load
Replies: 3
Views: 2800

Re: iSCSI off-load

Thanks for the prompt response. Will get a Broadcom with iSCSI off-load for the server (as it only adds on £40) and keep it as an option for the future.

Regards, Rob.
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 9:12 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: How much RAM to install?
Replies: 5
Views: 3478

Re: How much RAM to install?

Another slightly related question. On a physical server, we'd normally have one big RAID array which we'd then partition are a relatively small C: drive (e.g. 50GB) for the operating system and a much larger E: drive for the data drive (e don't tend to create two RAID arrays for C: and E:) Would you...
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:45 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: How much RAM to install?
Replies: 5
Views: 3478

Re: How much RAM to install?

Thanks for this. We'll have three primary targets (couple of other rarely used/very low bandwidth) so sounds like 16GB will be fine.

Regards, Rob.
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:19 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: iSCSI off-load
Replies: 3
Views: 2800

iSCSI off-load

What is iSCSI off-load (as supported by Broadcom NIC options in PowerEdge R515), is it supported by StarWind and does it need a compatible card at the other end to offer any performance benefits?

Thanks, Rob.
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:04 am
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: How much RAM to install?
Replies: 5
Views: 3478

How much RAM to install?

Are there any sizing guidelines for CPU & memory in the host? The sizing guide only talks about disks: http://www.starwindsoftware.com/san-sizing-guide After a chat with sales, I suspect that almost any current Dell PowerEdge with dual multi-core (six core is our plan) CPUs would have plenty of ...
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:41 pm
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN
Replies: 12
Views: 7805

Re: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN

On a similar subject - iSCSI performance. I've read more than I want to on this subject over the past few weeks but I'd sort of come to the conclusion that for our set-up (100 office type users), that the potential speed increase of fibre over iSCSI just wasn't worth the extra costs and loss of flex...
by robnicholson
Thu Apr 14, 2011 3:27 pm
Forum: StarWind Virtual SAN (VSAN) [+Free], HCI Appliance (HCA), Virtual HCI Appliance (VHCA) [+Free]
Topic: StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN
Replies: 12
Views: 7805

StarWind versus EqualLogic/hardware SAN

I suspect this is a simple question with a complex answer. We're in the market for a SAN as we a) need more disk space, b) want to improve flexibility in virtualisaion and expansion and c) want to mitigate against hardware failure for better business continutity. So we've got quotes in for EqualLogi...