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Now in its 25th year, the Computerworld Honors Program celebrates organizations that use information technology to solve pressing and complex issues for the advancement of society. It was with great pleasure that FalconStor was in attendance as our partner, Ptolemy Data Systems, received this distinguished recognition for their work in delivering healthcare services across the state of Wyoming.

Ryan Mulholland, CEO and President of PDS, was cheered on by Tim Sheets, FalconStor VP of Product Enablement, Chris Poelker, FalconStor VP of Enterprise Solutions, and Joanne Ferrara, FalconStor Sr. Director of Corporate Marketing, as he accepted the Computerworld Honors Laureate award at Monday night’s ceremony in Washington DC.

We could not be more thrilled for Ptolemy and their well-deserved recognition for their substantial efforts toward the successful implementation of a telemedicine network in the State of Wyoming. We’re both proud and excited that our data protection and storage virtualization solutions have helped facilitate PDS in their pursuit to deliver top-quality medical care to underserved areas throughout Wyoming.

Watch the video to see Ryan Mulholland accept this great honor.

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In Chris Poelker’s latest Computerworld blog, he outlines five simple steps that will make a major impact when improving your company’s bottom line by just evaluating your IT infrastructure. Chris’s post explains why deduplicating data backups, fixing networks and WAN bandwidths, optimizing servers with virtualization, and controlling business continuity and disaster recovery are so important to IT environments.

Step 1: Dedupe your backup environment. Backup is the biggest headache facing most organizations. Make sure the solution you choose integrates with any existing tape backup environment and enables you to automate tape for long-term archives AFTER data is replicated offsite.
Step 2: Fix your network. Invest in solutions that replicate data with maximum efficiency for DR and enable server-less, LAN-free backups to remove backup traffic from the network.
Step 3: Optimize servers and applications. Virtualization can put an organization ahead of its peers in terms of cost reduction and consolidation.
Step 4: Virtualize your storage area network (SAN). Storage virtualization with fabric- or appliance-based intelligence makes disk a commodity and enables IT departments to keep vendors honest and costs low.
Step 5: Get your business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) under control. On-demand physical-to-virtual conversion and automated virtual-to-virtual recovery of application servers reduces downtime and streamlines the recovery process.

To get the full story, check out Chris’s post 5 Steps for Evaluating Your IT Infrastructure on the Computerworld website.
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Recently, VP of Enterprise Solutions Chris Poelker authored a blog post for Computerworld on optimizing IT in 2013. He states that CIOs must “embrace change to drive operational efficiencies and adopt proven technologies” and in turn these changes will reduce costs. Chris challenges CIOs to act now and begin creating strategies based on what their businesses need. The post features a great checklist of the following questions that IT managers should be asking themselves as they prepare their enterprises’ environments for 2013:

1. Does the solution simplify or automate operations?
2. Can we leverage the solution across platforms and applications?
3. Does the solution take advantage of existing assets?
4. Can the solution enhance existing policies and procedures?
5. Can we procure the solution based strictly on the savings it provides?

These questions will help IT managers first perform an internal assessment to analyze costs and find areas where to make improvements. Once the assessment is completed and all IT assets are audited, the IT management team can evaluate where the investment in new technologies or changes in operational practices can be made to further streamline processes or reduce costs. To read more from Chris about strategic optimization of IT environments, check out the full Computerworld blog post.

The Ultimate Value of Data Featured

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My father was a coder. As a member of the Apollo Mission, he worked with thousands of other dedicated engineers to safely place the first man on the moon. At the age of six, I watched my dad, his crew cut team of chain-smoking TRW programmers, and friends and neighbors huddle around our RCA television. When Apollo 11 touched down and Neil Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface, my father exclaimed, “The world will never be the same!”

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Data levels are doubling every 18 months. This rapid increase should come as no surprise when nearly everything we do has a digital element associated with it. When we text, we contribute one of 173 billion text messages sent every year. When we buy something, there is a digital transaction; Walmart alone posts 1 million customer transactions per hour. When we check up on our friends, we are one of 600 million Facebook users browsing through 40 billion photos. Apple iTunes recently delivered its 10 billionth download. Amazon now sells 180 Kindle books for every 100 hard covers.

All of this data must live somewhere, and the challenges of storing, managing and protecting all of it is spurring new approaches and architectures. Today, all of us at FalconStor find ourselves in the right time, in the right place and among the right people to create those approaches and make the most of an unprecedented market opportunity.