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StarWind Software Offers Free VMware and Microsoft Image File V2V Converter

StarWind Releases a Free V2V (Virtual-to-Virtual) Conversion Tool to Help SMBs Convert Multi-Vendor Virtual Machines

BURLINGTON, MA -- (Marketwire) -- 06/02/09 -- StarWind Software, a global leader in storage virtualization and iSCSI storage software, today announced the release of StarWind Converter, a free multi-vendor V2V (Virtual to Virtual) converter that will convert virtual machine images from VMware ESX (VMDK) format into the Microsoft Hyper-V (VHD) format and also into StarWind virtual SAN (IMG) format and vice versa. The unique feature of the free StarWind V2V Converter is that it allows IT administrators to easily migrate any virtual machines from direct attached storage to shared storage on the network in one quick and simple step. Therefore anybody can move VMDK or VHD images safely to shared storage, allowing for virtual server clustering, therefore ensuring high application and VM availability. This also means that system administrators will be able to use advanced VMware features such as VMotion, VMware HA, DRS and VCB now that they moved VMDKs to shared storage.

Virtual infrastructure administrators can use the free StarWind Converter to cross multiple vendor or incompatible virtualization host platforms. StarWind is offering this free software to simplify virtual machine migrations as well as development and testing in virtual infrastructures that run on multiple platforms as part of the commitment to enhancing virtual environments for SMBs.

"We are sincerely excited to offer IT professionals this useful V2V conversion tool at no cost," said Zorian Rotenberg, president and CEO, StarWind Software. "This is part of our continuing commitment to help IT professionals at small and midsize companies experience the benefits of combining server and storage virtualization. Our free V2V Converter is a very simple tool that will facilitate the migration and conversion of virtual machine images."

The converter is easily downloadable and provides a sector by sector copy that does not alter the source image. This will help for testing between VMware and Hyper-V, as well as provide the ability to convert local storage into a StarWind image file that can be mounted and shared.

Key Features of StarWind Converter:

--  Converts from VMDK to VHD and vice versa
--  Sector by sector copy
--  Does not modify source image
--  Easy to install and use
    

StarWind V2V Converter downloads and installs on any Windows Server.

StarWind iSCSI SAN Resources:

StarWind Software Web Site

StarWind Converter (Free) Download

About StarWind Software Inc.

StarWind Software is a leading global provider of storage virtualization and iSCSI storage software. The flagship product, StarWind Server, is an iSCSI Target software which converts any Windows server into a reliable, powerful and scalable SAN and is designed for use with solutions such as Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware ESX and VMware ESXi and Microsoft Windows Server clusters for database applications such as Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft SharePoint Server. StarWind is an affordable iSCSI SAN solution and combines ease of use with enterprise-class features such as Mirroring and Replication, CDP and Snapshots, Thin Provisioning and Virtual Tape Library (VTL). Since 2003, StarWind has pioneered the iSCSI storage industry and has been the solution of choice for thousands of global customers in over 50 countries, from small and mid-size businesses, to governments, and Fortune 1000 clients. For additional information regarding StarWind Software, please visit www.StarWindSoftware.com.

StarWind Software and the StarWind logos are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of StarWind Software Inc. or its affiliates in the U.S. and other countries. Other names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

Media Contact:
StarWind Software Inc.
John Welch
1-617-449-7717
[email protected]

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