StorMagic introduces hyperconverged appliances powered by Dell EMC servers for SMEs and edge computing



StorMagic announced availability of new low-cost, hyperconverged appliances designed to help SMEs and edge computing environments deploy a hyperconverged infrastructure that is easy to use and fits within tight IT budgets.

Based on servers from Dell EMC in combination with StorMagic’s simple, cost-effective and flexible virtual SAN software (SvSAN), the StorMagic hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) appliances make the adoption of the technology more affordable for SMEs and remote office/branch office environments where small budgets and lack of IT resource are a growing challenge.

The two models being announced are StorMagic Dell EMC HCI 640 and the StorMagic Dell EMC HCI 740. The two appliances come fully configured through the Dell OEM group and are distributed through Exertis. Each model includes server and storage hardware, Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere hypervisor, StorMagic’s SvSAN software and three years of maintenance and support.

StorMagic’s SvSAN eliminates the need for expensive external storage by leveraging the internal disk drives of any two x86 servers and actively mirroring data between them to enable highly-available, shared storage and the simple, hyperconverged environment desired by many end users. The Dell EMC servers being used, the R640 and R740XD, are ideal platforms to host the hyperconverged appliances because of their reliability, scalability and performance.

“HCI vendors have a reputation of primarily targeting enterprise datacenters and large remote sites, which is apparent in the cost and complexity of these solutions. ” said John Glendenning, SVP of sales and business development, StorMagic “However, StorMagic is erasing that perception with appliances designed specifically for small datacenters and edge computing with pre-configured, two-server clusters that bring HCI to a price point and level of simplicity that has just not been available until now. ”

“Many of our partners are SME focused and their customers often struggle to find a solution that fits their IT budget,” said Kevin Matthews, enterprise sales director, Exertis “These appliances enable our StorMagic and Dell EMC partners, and their customers to consume a simpler and more cost-effective alternative to traditional vendor hyperconverged solutions.”

Initially, the HCI appliances will be available only in the UK through the StorMagic partner network. The starting price for a two node 640 appliance is £15,500 MSRP with the two node 740 appliance retailing for £24,500 MSRP. Upgrade options are available to increase performance and capacity as needed.

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