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Acer America Corp. is a computer manufacturer of business and consumer PCs, notebooks, ultrabooks, projectors, servers, and storage products.


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February 7, 2013 |

Paragon and StarWind Introduce Joint Storage Hypervisor

The Paragon StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS is designed to enable any industry-standard Windows server to be turned into a reliable, fault-tolerant and unified SAN and NAS.

Data storage, backup, and recovery developer Paragon Software Group (PSG), along with Mass.-based technology partner StarWind Software, has launched Paragon StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS.

The software solution is a storage hypervisor designed to turn any industry-standard Windows server into a reliable, fault-tolerant, and unified SAN and NAS while employing “off the shelf” or existing storage devices and network infrastructure.

“iSCSI SAN & NAS is a powerful alternative to traditional high-availability products that rely on costly, proprietary, hardware-based architectures,” states a Paragon press release submitted to ChannelPro-SMB.

The product offers several deployment options, including a three-node high-availability (HA) structure designed to eliminate a single point of failure. The product’s configurations are double-fault tolerant (failure of two out of three storage nodes).

Paragon StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS enables an N+1 configuration that supports the building of an on-site two- or three-node HA cluster with off-site replication. The built-in WAN replication feature assists in the creation of a disaster recovery site that can be located miles away from the main datacenter. The WAN acceleration technology is based on deduplication, snapshots, and compression, in which their combined power ensures 50x-100x reduction of transmitted data and enables the use of slower WAN connections.

Additional features of Paragon StarWind iSCSI SAN & NAS include:

  • Quick install and configuration.
  • A Management Console for centralized, site-wide iSCSI storage provisioning.
  • Cost-effective HA processing with instantaneous failover and recovery.
  • Data protection via HA, RAID-1 mirroring, automated snapshots, and replication.
  • Consolidated file and block level data that unifies SAN and NAS storage.
  • iSCSI targets created with NAS.

“Our unique software approach delivers a measurable five ‘9s’ in up-time performance while eliminating the need for expensive, proprietary hardware, empowering new market segments to embrace the high availability model,” says Paragon Software Group president Tom Fedro.

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