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StorMagic Ltd.
Private
IndustryComputer software
Founded2006; 14 years ago (2006)
Founders
  • Hans O'Sullivan
  • Chris Farey
Headquarters,
Area served
Worldwide
ProductsStorMagic SvSAN
Websitestormagic.com

StorMagic is a British multinational computer software company headquartered in Bristol, specializing in software-defined storage and edge computing. StorMagic designs, develops and sells virtualization software that allows users to create virtual SANs.[1][2]

Company history[edit]

StorMagic was founded in 2006 by Hans O’Sullivan and Chris Farey, both of whom had worked at IP storage company Eurologic and its spin-off Elipsan. O'Sullivan said that the idea for SvSAN came from his thesis at the University of Limerick.[3]

The company’s first product was a software-based iSCSI SAN named SM Series, launched in 2007,[4][5] which could be supplied to customers pre-installed on white box hardware. The company also began working with VMware.[6] Early adopters of the product included a number of higher education institutions such as Oxford University,[7] Liverpool University[8] and the University of Illinois.[9]

StorMagic SvSAN[edit]

StorMagic SvSAN was launched in 2009[10][11][12], using knowledge and feedback gained in the development of SM Series. At launch, SvSAN was one of a collection of solutions to pioneer the concept of the virtual SAN, a type of solution favoured by SMEs and edge computing environments such as remote and branch locations[13] to provide highly available shared storage.[14][15]

StorMagic has worked with Cisco[16] to make its software compatible with the Cisco Unified Computing System line of servers. StorMagic also entered into a partnership with Lenovo in 2015.[17][18] In May 2018, a new range of Dell EMC appliances running SvSAN were unveiled.[19][20] A partnership with Citrix was announced, including Citrix Ready certification.[21][22]

Major developments of SvSAN have included the introduction of read and write caching features[23][24] as well as data at rest encryption[25] involving partnerships with several KMS vendors including Fornetix, Thales Group, HyTrust and Gemalto. At beginning of 2019, for the first time, StorMagic was included in Gartner's Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure alongside competitors including VMware, Nutanix, Starwind and DataCore.[26] In addition, former Spectra Logic Chief Sales Officer, Brian Grainger, joined StorMagic as Chief Revenue Officer at the start of 2019.[27]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bloomberg Company Overview", Bloomberg Businessweek. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  2. ^ Lesslhumer, Andreas. "StorMagic virtual SAN solution for vSphere and Hyper-V", Running-system.com, 17 January 2017. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Hans O'Sullivan IdeaMensch interview", IdeaMensch, 27 November 2018. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ Connor, Deni. "Vendor unveils iSCSI storage for SMBs", Network World, 25 September 2007. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ "Storage Management: StorMagic Announces Easy-To-Use Storage Management Solution For Small And Medium Organizations", Data Storage Connection, 27 September 2007. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  6. ^ "StorMagic to Distribute VMware iCSCI SAN Solutions", New York Times, 12 March 2008. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  7. ^ Adshead, Antony. "UK storage startup boosts US market presence", Computer Weekly, 3 March 2008. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  8. ^ Knights, Miya. "Liverpool virtualises computer science storage", ITPro, 4 July 2008. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  9. ^ Schaffhauser, Dian. "U Illinois Implements New StorMagic SAN in 15 Minutes", Campus Technology, 19 August 2008. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  10. ^ Raffo, Dave. "StorMagic goes virtual with iSCSI SAN for VMware", SearchStorage, 18 February 2009. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  11. ^ Williams, Peter. "StorMagic's virtual SAN for VMware is destined to disrupt SMB market", Bloor Research, 18 February 2009. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  12. ^ Cooter, Maxwell. "StorMagic targets SMBs with virtual SAN", Network World, 25 February 2009. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  13. ^ Mellor, Chris. "ROBOs cop to installing VSAs, upstart rushes to cash in", The Register, 28 June 2013. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  14. ^ Farey, Christopher J. US9582384B2 Method and system for data replication, 23 March 2011. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  15. ^ Farey, Christopher J. US9792941B2 Method and system for data replication, 23 March 2011. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  16. ^ Butler, A., Weiss, G.J., Dawson, P., Zaffos, S., Rasit, E., and Aoyama, H. "Gartner Magic Quadrant for Integrated Systems", Gartner, 11 August 2015. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  17. ^ Raffo, Dave. "Lenovo-StorMagic SvSAN combo aims at low-end hyper-convergence", SearchConverged Infrastructure, 17 August 2015. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  18. ^ Mellor, Chris. "Enchanted Lenovo uses StorMagic spells for hyper-convergence", The Register, 19 August 2015. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  19. ^ Mellor, Chris. "DRAM, it's good to be in storage... for some", The Register, 29 January 2018. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  20. ^ Farrell, Nick. "Exertis peddles StorMagic range", Channel EYE, 31 January 2018. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  21. ^ Haber, Lynn. "StorMagic Debuts Direct Edge Appliance for Citrix Cloud", Channel Partners, 7 May 2018. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  22. ^ Cox, Mark. "StorMagic partners with Cisco, Citrix on edge appliance designed for Citrix Workspace Service", ChannelBuzz.ca, 10 May 2018. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  23. ^ Farey, Christopher J. US20180165208A1 Systems and methods for caching data, 13 March 2017. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  24. ^ Lelii, Sonia. "StorMagic SvSAN gets new caching, tiering features", SearchConverged Infrastructure, 8 July 2016. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  25. ^ "StorMagic Introducing SvSAN With Encryption", Storage Newsletter, 13 April 2018. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  26. ^ McArthur, J., Yamada, K., Dawson, P., and Palmer, J. "Magic Quadrant for Hyperconverged Infrastructure", Gartner, 2 January 2019. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.
  27. ^ Mellor, Chris. "It could be StorMagic for Spectralogic sales chief", Gartner, 9 January 2019. Retrieved on 14 March 2019.

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