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Our partner, Ptolemy Data Systems, is doing its part to deliver healthcare services to rural areas across the state of Wyoming. Since 2009, the data storage and managed services provider has been connecting Wyoming’s healthcare providers, contributing to the state’s expanding telemedicine efforts.

Recently Ryan Mulholland, CEO and president of Ptolemy Data Systems, told Healthcare IT News’ Jeff Rowe that his company sees itself as a facilitator. Ptolemy houses the technology and works with clinics across Wyoming to make connections. With Ptolemy’s help, the following three programs are leading the state’s telemedicine movement: the converged management application (CMA) video conferencing technology, the prison health services, and the Wyoming Telepsychiatry Project. Ptolemy leverages FalconStor’s storage virtualization and data protection solutions within the Wyoming Telepsychiatry Project, which brings much-needed medical and psychiatric care to isolated communities.

Mulholland tells Rowe that Ptolemy’s work in the telemedicine sector “isn’t about the money” but rather “something we get to do for our community.”

To learn more about Ptolemy Data Systems’ involvement in Wyoming’s telemedicine services, check out the full Healthcare IT News article.
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As you would expect from VMware, last week at VMworld Barcelona they discussed the topic of storage virtualization and the virtualized data center. When you examine the numerous steps that VMware has taken to create an interface between their hypervisor and storage devices with vStorage API for Array Integration (VAAI) and vStorage APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA), one can only assume there will be further integration down the road.

Not all of the response to VMware’s storage virtualization initiative was received positively. There are some IT managers and engineers that see VMware, in their quest to expand into other markets, as presenting customers with solutions that are not fully baked. You can read more about the perceived response to VMware’s initiative here.

Here at FalconStor, we welcome the move to a more unified virtual experience, as it allows VMware users to take advantage of FalconStor’s simple yet flexible approach to storage virtualization, storage migration, replication, and data protection. In addition, this move can deliver tremendous value to customers as they strive to bring efficiency in the data center. Imagine how easy it will be for customers to introduce VMware into their environment and use existing storage to deploy their virtual infrastructure. As the environment grows, a customer can introduce intelligent storage technology, such as that offered by FalconStor, into the data center. Now not only can a customer use heterogeneous storage but also they can mix and match storage protocols while taking advantage of such technologies as replication, snapshots, data protection, and disaster recovery.

Just for the record, VMware is not the only company spreading the virtual data center message. Arch rival Microsoft has stepped up their efforts to show that they also provide an alternative (and more cost effective) offering for those looking to virtualize the data center. With the release of Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012, Microsoft now offers a comparable virtualization solution providing similar storage device integration. Be on the lookout for more from FalconStor on how we provide storage, replication, and business continuity to Hyper-V environments.

Ultimately why this is an important topic to keep track of is that it will have a direct effect on the storage and virtualization market. Customers will have more options to choose from to use virtualization in their data center, which makes virtualization more cost-effective. Storage vendors will have a means to further integrate their technologies into to the virtual workload, allowing for better management and higher availability of virtual machines. We will continue to follow the virtual datacenter story and highlight the key topics as well as blog about how some other vendors are faring in the race for virtualization domination, so stay tuned!
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As a storage virtualization company “literally” at its core, FalconStor has been one of the pioneers of this technology since early 2000. Very few of those who first took on that challenge are still standing, and while server virtualization has taken the data center over like a wild fire, storage virtualization hasn’t seen massive adoption in IT organizations.

Reflecting on 12 years of our company’s history may provide some answers, but I’ll save this for another blog. The fact is through these 12 years FalconStor grew to be one of the most respected and recognized names in the storage industry by staying faithful to it’s primary mission: simplifying very complex storage management processes while containing IT costs And our storage virtualization technology has been at the heart of everything we do.

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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. 

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In a leading government institution in Berlin, FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) is providing flexible storage virtualization and a full array of sophisticated data protection services for the virtualized pool of storage. That deployment – which ensures high availability with a fully redundant and fault-tolerant storage infrastructure – just earned FalconStor an HP AllianceONE Partner of the Year Award in the category of Converged Infrastructure Solutions for Government.

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