I got an e-mail message from Vadim Nekhai at StarWind Software this morning inviting me to review their products for this blog. StarWind makes iSCSI backup and storage products for the SMB (small and medium business) market, so it was an entirely appropriate request.
The only problem is, the small businesses StarWind serves are just a bit larger than mine, because they use servers, and I don’t. I thought immediately of the Ur-Guru, but while he’s very interested in the free V2V Converter for converting one kind of virtual machine image to another, he’s in the middle of all kinds of installation and upgrade nightmares and doesn’t want to reconfigure a server to test out the SAN products.
So I’m putting it out to you, my Loyal Readers. If you’ve been thinking that a storage server or Storage Area Network (SAN) might be the right backup and disaster recovery solution for your Windows-based office, hop on over to StarWind and download StarWind Free iSCSI Target, download it, and check it out. You can even sign up for a live demo of the software, though the emphasis there will be on the features in the paid versions of the product (prices ranging from $595 to $2995).
Or, I should say—have your IT person check it out. These are tools for geeks. But they look like pretty good tools for geeks, so it would be nice to know more about how they work in an actual office environment.