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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
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
Thursday, 13 January 2011 14:07

Replication is NOT Disaster Recovery

Most storage vendors offer some type of volume copy functionality, either in-system or remote replication.  These copy functions are commonly promoted as business continuity (in-system copy) or disaster recovery ( remote replication).  Replication, or transporting data from one location to another, is analogous to household moving companies.  They transport your entire household, in many boxes, to your new house.  However, once all your household belongings are safely at your new home, you still have the complex and laborious task of unpacking and arranging things to make your new home functional.  Isn’t this effectively what remote data replication does?  Sure, all your data is safely at your remote data center, but now what?  Where's the 'Recovery' aspect of this paradigm?

Published in Disaster Recovery
Tuesday, 21 December 2010 18:39

Remote Replication in Harsh Environments

FalconStor has been developing data protection solutions for many years.  We’ve also had remote replication capabilities for many years.  Some of you may be aware of the unique nature of FalconStor remote replication.  However, for anyone who is not I’d like to put some perspective into how, and why, FalconStor remote replication is the best in the industry. 

Published in Disaster Recovery

The deployment complexity and ongoing costs of DR implementations sometimes cause SMBs and even large enterprises to postpone or limit their DR plans, resulting in the adoption of less expensive and less effective data protection tactics. Many DR plans today depend on restoring from backups! This dependence in itself is a disaster waiting to happen. Even a partial data center restore from tape will take days if not weeks. No business today can afford to shut down operations for a day, never mind a week! Here is a great source of information for DR planning and implementation.

But again what are the alternatives? When it comes to DR, the most basic process is data movement; this is why many organizations depend on tape to move data offsite, but this model will never provide rapid and effective DR execution. The other way is replication, the most expensive component of a DR plan. Data replication can be performed at the host, network or the storage layer, and each has its own advantages. In this post I’ll focus on storage layer replication, as it is the most common replication method for DR implementations.

Published in Disaster Recovery

On the "What's hot/What's not" list for the future, data deduplication holds the top spot, as it has for the last four IDC surveys, with 76 percent of respondents already implementing it, planning to or actively evaluating the technology. The second half of 2010 continues to be ripe for increased use of deduplication. The reasons are simple: data needs are increasing, storage is still expensive and businesses cannot afford to continue over-provisioning and adding capacity – especially when dedupe will enable those organizations to do more with what they already have.

Published in Data Deduplication
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