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dilidolo



Joined: 31 Dec 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2006 8:08 pm    Post subject: Personal Edition with Multiple Initiator Support?

Is there a way to get personal edition that supports multiple initiators for home use? Or do I have to get comercial edition?

BTW. I tested StarWind 2.6.4 with Solaris 10, works like a charm. Laughing
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valery (staff)



Joined: 29 Jun 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 8:46 am    Post subject: Re: Personal Edition with Multiple Initiator Support?

dilidolo wrote:
Is there a way to get personal edition that supports multiple initiators for home use? Or do I have to get comercial edition?

BTW. I tested StarWind 2.6.4 with Solaris 10, works like a charm. :lol:

Hi,

The Home version (personal) is a special proposition for home users and it's can not be extended.
You need to purchase a Commercial license with an appropriate client host count to be able to access the StarWind server from different client hosts simultaneously.

Thank you for the information about interoperability with Solaris 10!
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anton (staff)



Joined: 18 Jun 2004
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 1:27 pm    Post subject:

Guys, you're looking for enterprise-level features as part of iSCSI target package expecting to pay very small price Smile StarWind Home would immediately support all of the stuff found in Enterprise level for Home price the same very day when I'll be able to swap my Subaru Impreza WRX STi for Ferrari Enzo paying 10 hundred bucks (not more!) of difference. I promise! Smile
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dilidolo



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:32 am    Post subject:

Did some benchmark, got 70MB/s with ram disk and 35MB/s on image file with 3 IDE disk RAID-5 over GBE without Jumb-Frame.

Client side: XP SP2, broadcom 5704, MS Initiator 2
Server side: 2003 SP1, Intel pro 1000 CT, 3Ware 3*200G Maxtor 9 RAID-5
Switch: Dell 2724
No TCP optimization

Think performance is really depending on disk speed.
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valery (staff)



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 10, 2006 11:30 am    Post subject:

dilidolo wrote:
Did some benchmark, got 70MB/s with ram disk and 35MB/s on image file with 3 IDE disk RAID-5 over GBE without Jumb-Frame.

Client side: XP SP2, broadcom 5704, MS Initiator 2
Server side: 2003 SP1, Intel pro 1000 CT, 3Ware 3*200G Maxtor 9 RAID-5
Switch: Dell 2724
No TCP optimization

Think performance is really depending on disk speed.

Hi,

The performance does depend on the device's speed.

Without using of Jumbo frames the best throughput we have seen is about 72-74 MB/s, so your results for Ram disk seem to be near the best ones.

With Jumbo frames you would be able to utilize your network throughput up to 100%.
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rodimus



Joined: 09 Mar 2006
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject:

anton (staff) wrote:
Guys, you're looking for enterprise-level features as part of iSCSI target package expecting to pay very small price Smile StarWind Home would immediately support all of the stuff found in Enterprise level for Home price the same very day when I'll be able to swap my Subaru Impreza WRX STi for Ferrari Enzo paying 10 hundred bucks (not more!) of difference. I promise! Smile



I've been looking for a software iSCSI target software for my home and I'd love to buy your product. However, the home version simply doesn't suit my needs being so connection limited, and the Enterprise edition is simply too much $$ for home use. I can't see that for many people that are considering iSCSI @ home that a single connection iSCSI solution would make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, my only option appears to be a Linux solution, which is not what I'd prefer.

Have you considered offering different licenses instead of different functionality? Meaning, for commercial use, the price is the same as it is today. But, change the 'home' edition to have the same functionality as the Enterprise, but the license is specific for non-commercial use. To use your analogy, you get the Ferrari, but you can't drive it anywhere. There are many software companies that do this today.

I suspect you're worried that people would use the 'home' use for commercial? I wouldn't. Most commercial organizations don't want to pirate software, and those that do are not going to pay for software regardless.

Even if they did, I heard a Microsoft guy say a long time ago "We don't want people to pirate software, but we'd rather they pirate our software than somebody else's". It makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

I think you have a great unique product and I think you have the potential oppurtunity to create and own a 'home iSCSI market', and that would only lead to bigger & better things in the commercial market.

With respect & regards,
jb
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anton (staff)



Joined: 18 Jun 2004
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 09, 2006 8:27 pm    Post subject:

Hold on... You need at least 2 concurrent connections so this means you have at least 3 PCs. Each one is say $1000 ($3000 altogether). At the same time pure commercial version priced less then $200 (it DOES have 2 concurrent connections enabled) is expensive for you??? So you'll install another PC running Linux (another $1000) not to pay $200 to RDS for Windows version of iSCSI target? Is it what you want to say?

rodimus wrote:
anton (staff) wrote:
Guys, you're looking for enterprise-level features as part of iSCSI target package expecting to pay very small price Smile StarWind Home would immediately support all of the stuff found in Enterprise level for Home price the same very day when I'll be able to swap my Subaru Impreza WRX STi for Ferrari Enzo paying 10 hundred bucks (not more!) of difference. I promise! Smile



I've been looking for a software iSCSI target software for my home and I'd love to buy your product. However, the home version simply doesn't suit my needs being so connection limited, and the Enterprise edition is simply too much $$ for home use. I can't see that for many people that are considering iSCSI @ home that a single connection iSCSI solution would make a lot of sense.

Unfortunately, my only option appears to be a Linux solution, which is not what I'd prefer.

Have you considered offering different licenses instead of different functionality? Meaning, for commercial use, the price is the same as it is today. But, change the 'home' edition to have the same functionality as the Enterprise, but the license is specific for non-commercial use. To use your analogy, you get the Ferrari, but you can't drive it anywhere. There are many software companies that do this today.

I suspect you're worried that people would use the 'home' use for commercial? I wouldn't. Most commercial organizations don't want to pirate software, and those that do are not going to pay for software regardless.

Even if they did, I heard a Microsoft guy say a long time ago "We don't want people to pirate software, but we'd rather they pirate our software than somebody else's". It makes a lot of sense if you think about it.

I think you have a great unique product and I think you have the potential oppurtunity to create and own a 'home iSCSI market', and that would only lead to bigger & better things in the commercial market.

With respect & regards,
jb

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