Recently I had the opportunity to review StorMagic’s SvSAN software. Their current release available from their website is only compatible with VMware ESX 3.5, since my home lab is already running VMware vSphere I received the latest beta 4.1.913 which does work with vSphere. In this review I will not write on absolute performance since my home lab will probably hit its limits sooner than the reviewed software does.
What StorMagic does
With StorMagic it is possible to use the local storage (your internal hard disks) of your VMware vSphere hosts as shared iSCSI storage. Other hosts can connect to the targets as if it was a normal iSCSI NAS or SAN. With the free StorMagic version, you can have up to 2Tb of storage managed by StorMagic. Licenses for 4 Tb, 8 Tb and unlimited storage are also available. The advantage of sharing your local storage is that your vSphere environment can now use the extra features like VMware High Availability, VMware DRS and VMware VMotion and you don’t have to spend money on buying a separate iSCSI NAS or SAN. [Read more...]