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New VTL appliances prevent enterprise data duplication.

FalconStor Software : 16 October, 2007  (New Product)
VirtualTape Library appliances from FalconStor offer enterprise deduplication technology and remote office functionality.
FalconStor Software has announced the availability of two new FalconStor VirtualTape Library (VTL) products. The FalconStor VTL Storage Appliance provides turnkey data protection for remote office, departmental and mid-market customers while the FalconStor VTL Virtual Appliance, a pre-configured virtual machine image, delivers the first VTL solution for VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 environments. Both products include FalconStor VTL integrated with Single Instance Repository (SIR) technology for enterprise-wide data de-duplication. These new, easy to deploy solutions provide a flexible, high-speed backup interface (1Gb iSCSI or 4Gb FC) and tape-format aware de-duplication to maximise storage efficiency and data retention.

"The VTL Storage appliance is a great solution for us," said Paul Wang, President, Solution-Soft. "It's easy to implement, gives us a high-performance VTL to reduce the backup window, and the de-duplication has already surpassed our expectations. We've also increased our backup performance by up to 70%. I'd say that's impressive ROI."

"COPAN customers around the world are realising the value of our decision to combine the best attributes of the COPAN MAID platform with advanced software features from FalconStor for VTL-based data protection," said Jon Mellon, Senior Vice President Marketing and Business Development, COPAN Systems. "FalconStor has developed the only VTL and data de-duplication technology that scales from a small remote office to an enterprise data centre. This ability to scale is why FalconStor Software and COPAN enhanced MAID platform is an unmatched combination."

'The market continues to see an increasing demand for more efficient storage technologies, like de-duplication,' said Robert Amatruda, research director at IDC. 'With its new appliances, FalconStor is extending its VTL and de-duplication software to new markets, specifically the midrange and virtual environments. Solutions like these drive adoption by lowering the barrier to entry for customers with easier implementation and lower costs.'

Besides the reliability and availability considerations of tape drives and media, today's explosive growth of business data and extended production hours are imposing enormous pressure on companies and their backup administrators faced with protecting more data in an ever-shrinking window.

The FalconStor VTL Storage Appliance is designed to offer lightning-fast backup with enterprise-class reliability and efficiency to allow users to beat the backup window and to leverage de-duplication to keep more data on-line for longer periods of time. The VTL Storage Appliance can be easily deployed within 30 minutes with no changes to the existing environment and its compatibility/integration with the physical tape drive or library allows the VTL to export/duplicate tapes directly, by policy or on-demand, at the speed of the SAN without human intervention. The VTL Storage Appliance seamlessly integrates with FalconStor VTL Enterprise and also allows remote offices to replicate virtual tapes over the WAN to the corporate data centre for centralised management or compliance.

The FalconStor VTL Virtual Appliance is a pre-configured, ready-to-run software application packaged with the operating system inside a virtual machine running under VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3. Developed for quick, easy deployment of VTL with de-dupe in virtual environments, the solution reduces infrastructure cost/complexity and maximises customers' ROI. VTL Virtual Appliance provides all the benefits and features of VTL Storage Appliance, for VMware Virtual Infrastructure 3 users.

"VTL Storage Appliance and VTL Virtual Appliance are a leap forward in our VTL offerings," said ReiJane Huai, CEO FalconStor. "We've taken the world's leading VTL, added hyper-efficient data de-duplication technology and packaged it into two easy-to-implement solutions targeting mid-market, remote office or departmental users. Customers are already seeing the return on investment. With these unique solutions we can extend our lead in VTL to additional markets."

FalconStor VTL Storage Appliance and FalconStor VTL Virtual Appliance are available now through FalconStor's valued solution provider partners. Pricing for the VTL Storage Appliance begins at $19,000 MSRP. Pricing for the VTL Virtual Appliance begins at $8000 MSRP.
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