Education Solutions Benefits
Educational Institutions Achieve Business Continuity with FalconStor Solutions
FalconStor solutions make it easy for school districts, universities, and other organizations to protect and secure critical, yet sensitive data including admissions/financial records, schedules, grades, and email, as well as to ensure access to business systems such as collaboration tools and learning management systems (LMS). By enabling local and remote disaster recovery (DR), backup optimization, storage virtualization, and global data deduplication, our products enable business continuity while controlling data growth and storage costs.
Recover locally or remotely for business continuity
FalconStor solutions ensure rapid local and remote disaster recovery for continuous data availability. FalconStor® Continuous Data Protector (CDP) lets you recover data back to any point in time within minutes, with 100% data integrity. FalconStor CDP includes a unique RecoverTrac™ tool, which automates DR testing and execution, eliminating complexities.
Reap the rewards of virtualization
FalconStor solutions integrate with virtual server environments, simplifying management by virtualizing and consolidating heterogeneous storage resources. FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) enables storage virtualization, remote replication, and data migration. An open architecture lets you leverage existing IT resources or purchase the ones that suit your budget.
Shrink the backup window
As data grows, lengthy tape backups can impact daily operations. Disk-based FalconStor solutions such as FalconStor CDP eliminate this backup window. FalconStor CDP enhances or replaces tape, minimizing the need for manual tape handling. FalconStor® Virtual Tape Library (VTL) integrates into your existing tape infrastructure to enhance backup reliability and streamline tape management for long-term archiving and compliance.
Control data growth
FalconStor solutions optimize storage efficiency by eliminating redundant data globally. Deduplication reduces storage capacity requirements, allowing you to retain more data online, longer. FalconStor VTL accelerates backup/restore and provides flexible, policy-based deduplication options. FalconStor® File Interface Deduplication System (FDS) enables scalable, LAN-based global data deduplication with HA and flexible, policy-based NFS/CIFS deduplication.
Flexible deployment options
Our enterprise-class solutions are available for school systems of all sizes in various form factors, including software, plug-and-play hardware appliances, and small-footprint virtual appliances.
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Featured customer success stories:
- Cape Fear Community College protects critical admissions and financial aid records using FalconStor CDP for fast recovery and continuous availability.
- Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy consolidates and virtualizes its infrastructure using FalconStor NSS and VMware technology, reducing heating and power costs while simplifying recovery.
- Ryerson University eliminates the backup window and reduces its tape storage requirements using FalconStor NSS to virtualize storage and FalconStor CDP for business continuity and disaster recovery.
- Santa Fe College uses FalconStor NSS along with existing SAN resources to protect systems and data against the ravages of hurricanes.
- Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) reduces downtime, eliminates the backup window, and minimizes its reliance on tape backup with FalconStor CDP and FalconStor VTL.
What Education Customers Are Saying
|Daniel Robinson, System Administrator,||“Victoria College is in the potential hurricane disaster zone, so it is critical that we ensure that students, faculty and administrators have access to applications and data regardless of damage done to the data center. Utilizing a tape backup system for our four terabytes of data required staff time on weekends and holidays and took three days to complete. FalconStor NSS and FalconStor CDP immediately cut out that tape backup time, saving us $800 to $1,000 per year, and allowed us to start replicating data to another data center for complete disaster recovery.”|
|Steve Williamson, Systems and Operations Manager, ||“As a college based in Northern Florida, where we frequently experience severe weather, we needed to implement a disaster recovery strategy to ensure continuity of operations. FalconStor NSS provides us with the ability to grow our storage infrastructure and allows us to leverage resources from other vendors and SANs to easily replicate the data to our other site location. Its snapshot functionality made it stand out from market competition, including IBM. Even when we had a serious water leak that destroyed one of our SANs, FalconStor NSS kept us up and running without an issue.”|
|Monte Christman, Associate Director of IT Department,||“Our goal at Central Carolina Community College was to create a streamlined data protection solution that works without interruption. With FalconStor CDP, we are assured that all of the data for the student information system, virtual servers, file servers and other applications are always available regardless of the time of day, and that the system will be able to easily grow to handle our expanding data. We are able to bring back our data if there is an issue within a few hours. Restoring the server from tape would have taken at least a day.”|
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Assistant Director of Technical Services,
|"Our students and faculty must be able to access their information 24/7, especially the Blackboard e-learning and management system. When we had to backup to tape, the system had to be taken off-line for several hours every week. We selected the FalconStor NSS and FalconStor CDP solutions due to the company’s solid market reputation for providing an open data protection platform. With these solutions, we reduced our total storage infrastructure costs, eliminated the daily 30 minutes of downtime, and simplified our environment by unifying our data backup and disaster recovery for various components of our infrastructure.”|
|Asif Hussain, CIO, Kingsborough Community College||“After Hurricane Irene last fall, it became imperative that our college’s data be protected at an off-site disaster recovery location to ensure that we may continue to operate regardless of the weather. A number of our key applications do operate within the cloud, but we have some on-site legacy systems and data across 133 servers that must be available. Using the FalconStor VTL solution, we can easily replicate our data to an off-site, physical location at another college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, ensuring that we will be able to restore files quickly if another catastrophe were to occur at our main data center.”|
|Whitney Roberts, Manager of Platform Services, Jefferson County Public Schools ||“In order to create a managed and unified platform system that grows with our application and storage needs, we had to move to a more simplified and centralized data protection structure. This meant leveraging the benefits of virtualization while ensuring we had a highly available enterprise platform storage solution. The FalconStor NSS and FalconStor CDP solutions have the functionality and scalability to provide such an environment and allow us to handle our expected data growth from our current 200 terabytes into petabytes. Considering the myriad of technical products that the school district has purchased in the past, FalconStor is one of the rare products that has lived up to its reputation and has delivered more value than what we paid for it.”|
|Jakim Friant, Unix System Administrator, Cape Fear Community College||“All of our students’ admissions and financial information is digitally scanned and saved and the paper versions are shredded. It is critical that this information is stored, continuously available and protected against IT problems and natural disasters. From the research we have done, FalconStor CDP is the only data protection solution that can effectively protect these replicated images at our off-site data center.”|