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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.
Published in Storage Virtualization
It is 2013 Business Continuity Awareness Week. From March 18 to 22 the Business Continuity Institute will raise awareness about the importance of business continuity. Disasters can strike at anytime, whether they stem from natural disasters, human errors or malicious attacks. And with tornado season descending upon us, we want to offer some quick tips to prepare your data center.

Tornado season typically runs from March through May, but tornadoes can occur at anytime. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), about 1,200 tornadoes strike the United States each year. Below are a few simple tips to keep in mind to prepare your data center this tornado season:
  1. Identify critical servers and resources that need to be available in the event that a tornado wipes out power to the data center.
  2. Create a disaster recovery response team and ensure that every member knows his/her responsibility for validating the availability of key data center resources.
  3. Create a scenario response list that outlines the steps to recovery based on the situation, whether it’s power a outage or a server failure.
  4. Verify and document configurations, including networking, backup, storage and accounts to access all equipment.
  5. Alert any third-party vendors that may have copies of company data (e.g. offsite tape storage vendors, cloud providers) because that data may need to be sent to the DR site.
  6. Have a backup plan that provides some automation. Automation is key because manual steps completed by staff often fall victim to human error.
These steps will help you prepare your data center for any type of disaster whether it be for the upcoming tornado season or any type of natural storm that may threaten your location. The best point to remember is not to wait until a storm is threatening your company, but to be proactive and have a tested plan in place to handle any issue whether it is natural or caused by simple human error.
Published in Disaster Recovery
Thursday, 06 December 2012 19:59

FalconStor NSS Honored in Windows IT Pro Awards

I’m proud to announce that the FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) storage virtualization solution, was recently recognized as a silver medal winner in Penton Media’s Windows IT Pro “2012 Editors’ Best Awards” in the Best Hardware: Appliance category. Leveraging the industry expertise of its editors and authors, Windows IT Pro chose to honor FalconStor NSS and other great products that exist in the market today, proudly sharing this information with their Windows IT Pro and SQL Server Pro communities.

Ralph Wynn, FalconStor’s Sr. Product Marketing Manager, had this to say about the win:
IT outages and downtime are unacceptable. Companies need reliable data protection and disaster recovery systems in place that will ensure operations continue normally even in the event of a hardware failure or natural disaster. The FalconStor NSS VS Series Appliance with RecoverTrac technology makes downtime a thing of the past, and the 2012 Editors’ Best Award demonstrates its strategic importance.

FalconStor NSS is a scalable, highly available solution that enables storage virtualization, data migration, and data protection in heterogeneous environments. The solution’s ability to provide rapid automated disaster recovery allows you to restore Any Service, Any Time, Any Place – addressing your most demanding disaster recovery and business continuity needs. It’s no wonder FalconStor NSS is an award-winning product!

For more information on how FalconStor NSS provides complete data protection against disasters, check out one of our recent case studies. This 2-page success story details how one customer uses FalconStor NSS to cost-effectively reduce downtime and recovery time objectives.
Published in FalconStor
Thursday, 01 November 2012 18:49

The Human Spirit: The Ultimate Backup Solution

I am a huge fan of the human spirit. Specifically, I am repeatedly impressed by the kindness and generosity of our neighbors. In the aftermath of hurricane Sandy, all our employees and friends are working together to recover from a devastating storm.  We are all measuring our inconveniences in degrees. The luckiest have power, hot water, and heat. The worst off have lost their homes. Most of us are somewhere in between.

As I write this entry, there is an extension cord reaching across my driveway from my neighbor’s generator. My brother is driving up from Florida in his truck full of generators and cans of fuel. There are numerous friends, colleagues, and business partners sitting in the FalconStor training room using our network connections and power.

In times like these, you learn to appreciate the joy of a single 100-watt bulb and its amazing ability to illuminate an entire kitchen. You are reminded what a luxury it is to have hot and cold running water 24/7. Mostly I think we are reminded of how easily our daily lives can be interrupted. While New Yorkers have an unbelievable spirit and generosity that is difficult to match, it is important to remember how much easier it is to brave the storm if we are prepared.

Hurricane Sandy hit us with 50- to 90-mile-an-hour winds. I cannot imagine what we would be going through if she had been a Category 3 hurricane.  We are currently told that we should have our power back in 10 to 15 days. What if it were a month or more? I think it is time that we all spent a little bit more of our free cycles thinking about preparing for times like these.

With two hurricanes in two years, Long Island may have a lot more to deal with in the near future. My father always said, “Prepare for the worst and hope for the best” – to FalconStor, as a data protection company, this should be second nature. We strive to anticipate such possible interruptions and be prepared for them. I can only say that we would all be well served if we conducted this planning not only in our business lives but in our daily lives well.

I am thankful that our employees and their families are all safe. I am thankful that we are fortunate enough to be able to provide assistance to our community and neighbors. Disaster preparation has made this all possible. I hope we can all use Hurricane Sandy as a teaching moment so that we can be better prepared for such events in the future.
 

Published in FalconStor

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.

Published in Storage Virtualization

Over the past 18 months, the data protection industry has made significant advancements in deduplication, specifically in terms of performance improvement, scalability, business continuity, mixed environments, and end-to-end solutions. At FalconStor, we’ve been busy leading these efforts, specifically by building on the foundation of our industry-leading FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) and its companion, FalconStor File-interface Deduplication System (FDS) to fuel our mission to deliver fast, efficient global deduplication for both block and file data. And we have succeeded with the availability of version 7 (v7) of the FalconStor data protection suite.

Our deduplication advancements over the past year and a half have come together to deliver FalconStor deduplication v7, leading the industry with an integrated solution that makes no change to a customer’s infrastructure, operations, or data protection solutions, yet leads the pace of the industry in:

Published in Data Deduplication

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

Well it’s no secret that the virtualization storm is changing the IT landscape, and I would say we are just starting. Everything Channel’s CRN magazine has identified the top 100 vendors in the virtualization space to help VARs more easily select the best virtualization products for their businesses – of course as an early player in the space, FalconStor is included on the list but that’s not where the news is. The news is that we have a top 100 virtualization list! And the question is how many vendors do we have in this space?

It’s actually very exiting to watch the dynamics in the space, and all the credit goes obviously to VMware for revitalizing the virtualization concept and bringing it more significantly to open systems. And, as I mentioned, it’s only the beginning. The abstraction and consolidation tools that were developed to optimize resource utilization are the drivers of a new era of computing that is focused on the importance of data and cross-platform collaboration.

At FalconStor we are building and delivering a service-oriented data protection model that integrates and leverages different virtualization technologies to simplify data protection processes and map IT to business operations.

You can check out CRN’s Virtualization 100 List in the May 23rd issue of CRN.
Published in FalconStor
Thursday, 05 May 2011 18:34

The Ultimate Value of Data

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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!”

Published in Data Protection

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.

Published in Data Protection
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