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For the 3rd year in a row, VMware has given us the honors by hosting their Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Hands-on-lab (HOL) using our own FalconStor Storage Replication Adapter (SRA) for SRM, and our FalconStor Network Storage Server Virtual Appliance (NSS VA), which is a VMware-certified Storage Virtual Appliance for vSphere v4.1 and v5.0. 

The VMware HCL listing for our NSS VA can be viewed here:
Published in VMworld 2011 USA

FalconStor’s storage virtualization technology is a critical component of our efforts to transform the data center.  The results of this transformation include optimized storage efficiency, consolidation of heterogeneous storage systems, native business continuity, and business application resilience via automated disaster recovery.  While these individual features are known to most in the IT industry, it’s rare to find them all in one platform. 

Published in Storage Virtualization
Tuesday, 19 April 2011 17:47

Failover Clusters as DR

First, I want to clarify something: disaster recovery (DR) can mean many things. From my perspective, I couldn’t care less how a storage vendor provides remote copy services – when my critical IT business application goes down, I lose money. This loss, depending on the annual frequency of outages, can range from $10,000 to many hundreds of thousands of dollars per year! This application or service protection is what FalconStor is all about. Delivering this type of solution goes beyond the mere storage and remote replication solutions actively promoted by the major SAN vendors. However, application availability, or resilience, has been around for some time in the form of server clusters.
Published in Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, 15 March 2011 18:49

New car or old car, new SAN or old SAN?

As I’ve mentioned before in previous blogs, the way I think about things changed after business school.  Life was far simpler as an engineer.  I enjoyed and appreciated products for their technology with no consideration for financial implications.  I see an analogy between my current car situation and many of the customers I speak with on a regular basis, with regard to SANs.  Should you buy a new SAN or enhance and maintain your existing, paid for, SAN?

Published in SAN Accelerator
Tuesday, 08 February 2011 19:35

Service Recovery NOT Disaster Recovery

In a previous blog, I argued that replication was not disaster recovery (DR). Go to any major SAN vendor’s website, search for DR and you’ll see their remote replication offerings. Whether it’s a two letter company or three letter company, we as an industry have for many years passively accepted remote copies of data volumes as DR. I argue that customers care about application availability, from a service availability perspective, and don’t care how those service levels are maintained. Try explaining to a frustrated customer, or an exacerbated CFO, that you have a DR solution represented by a remote copy of their data and that you’re sorry for their frustration or disruption of revenue.

FalconStor today effectively redefines DR as application and business recovery with our RecoverTrac tool. If you view the concept of real DR from an application or service perspective, you quickly realize its far more than the storage or remote copy functions currently offered by SAN vendors. Applications run on servers, physical or virtual, with complex configurations and dependencies (on other servers or services). Attempting to automate and control these aspects of real customer service delivery is above the capability, and accepted responsibility, of SAN vendors.

FalconStor delivers heterogeneous remote replication that allows customers to have different SANs at remote data centers; there are no homogenous SAN requirements. Additionally, FalconStor RecoverTrac goes above the “storage” layer into the server, hypervisor, cluster, configuration, dependency and networking layers – ensuring business applications are recovered and customer service levels are preserved. Grante,d this is an ambitious claim from a data protection company; however, this technology commitment is part of how FalconStor is truly “Defining Data Protection; Again.”

We’re all accustomed to empty rhetoric and unfulfilled promises from vendors. FalconStor today announces the availability of RecoverTrac as a standard function of our CDP and NSS products; there is no additional or extra charge for this revolutionary tool. This product strategy of not demanding an additional payment for this fundamental capability is part of our commitment to our customer base and proof that our business strategy is sincere and concrete.

Visit our website for more information on RecoverTrac, speak to a FalconStor representative or partner, or download a free 30-day trial of FalconStor CDP.

Published in Disaster Recovery
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Published in VMworld 2010 USA