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 Post subject: [ANN] STARWIND AND STARPORT BECOMING SHAREWARE.
PostPosted: Thu Mar 17, 2005 11:45 am 
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Rocket Division Software [info@rocketdivision.com]

STARWIND AND STARPORT iSCSI SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS WILL BE DISTRIBUTED AS SHAREWARE PRODUCTS.

Rocket Division Software has announced that its leading iSCSI solutions StarWind (iSCSI target) and StarPort (iSCSI initiator) after more than year of being the FREE FOR NON COMEMRCIAL USE products which were distributed without any limitations while registration was only a user's good will matter and was not required finally becoming the SHAREWARE products.

There were several reasons for this decision accordingly to the company's CEO Anton Kolomyeytsev: "First of all the products have matured over the year and now became stable commercial quality solutions. Second is that frankly we have had quite a few examples when products were used for commercial purposes without any registration or notifications and since we should think about the business and make our profits we decided to adjust the distribution schema. From now on we offer the following licenses for the StarWind:

1) Non-profit organizations - FREE
2) Home use - $49 (One iSCSI client connection allowed, no virtualization enabled, only AS IS devices mapping). Also includes one FREE installation of StarPort.
3) Commercial use - $199 (Two iSCSI connections allowed, virtualization fully enabled). Also includes two FREE installations of StarPort, every additional connection - $99 (includes StarPort license).

Educational organizations have 50% discount.
Previous versions users (freeware) have 25% discount on purchase.

and for the StarPort:

1) Non-profit organizations Ö FREE.
2) Home use - $29 (FREE with purchase of StarWind personal).
3) Commercial use - $49 (FREE with purchase of StarWind Commercial).

Educational organizations have 50% discount.
Previous versions users (freeware) have 25% discount on purchase.

We believe that this will be just fair - we still offer good deal of licenses either for FREE or for nominal fee of $49 while commercial versions still cost the same they were. The trial period will enable full evaluation of the product and then the respective user will have to contact us to obtain the license. We surely hope that SHAREWARE approach once again will show its usefulness for both developers and the customers."

About StarWind: StarWind is an iSCSI target (server-side) product. This software combined with StarPort iSCSI initiator (or any iSCSI initiator iSCSI 1.0 compatible) running on client allows you to export any local CD and DVD burners to the network users (all CD and DVD recording applications running on a client side are supported), export local tape drives for backup and restore on client machine (all of the backup software tools running on a client machine are supported), virtual hard disk drives over the network, export whole server storage subsystem over the network at the block level, work with the dynamic volume snapshots, incremental backups and virtual tapes etc. Create RAM disk drives for temporary data storing (Solid-State-Disk emulation). Export standard CDI, ISO and MDS images as network virtual CD and DVD drives. More information can be found at http://www.rocketdivision.com/wind.html

About StarPort: StarPort is an iSCSI initiator (client) product. This software combined with StarWind iSCSI target running on server (or any iSCSI target confirming iSCSI 1.0 standard can be used) allows you to burn to remote CD and DVD burners over the network (all CD and DVD recording applications are supported), backup and restore to remote tape drives (all of the backup software tools are supported), work with remote virtual hard disk drives over the network, backup whole server storage subsystem over the network, work with the dynamic volume snapshots, incremental backups and virtual tapes etc. Create RAM disk drives for temporary data storing. Mount standard CDI, ISO and MDS images as virtual CD and DVD drives. More information can be found at http://www.rocketdivision.com/port.html

About Rocket Division Software: Rocket Division Software is rapidly growing company providing cutting-edge system-software solutions for Windows NT/2000/XP/2003 and various UNIXes. We're positioning as a provider of the top-notch, high-performance technologies for the data storage and networking industry. Our "know how" and development services cover a wide range of existing and emerging storage and networking technologies, such as: CD/DVD recording and mastering, iSCSI virtual storage, local and network file system design. Rocket Division Software can be contacted at
http://www.rocketdivision.com/

Rocket Division Software

14th of March, 2005


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