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FalconStor rains its innovation with SAN appliance and NSS Gateway Certification!


I spoke to FalconStor guys a few days before the laucnh of the news and will be collaborating with them closely as SRM gaining traction within lots of our Customers across EMEA.


For now here's the news:



MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 15, 2008—FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open™ data protection solutions, today announced FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) Virtual Appliance for VMware ESX, enabling customers to transform their existing direct-attached storage into an iSCSI virtual SAN appliance for VMware environments. The FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance has been validated by the VMware Ready Virtual Appliance program, assuring customers of its full compatibility with VMware.

By offering trial downloads and a free limited version of FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance, FalconStor is helping to accelerate adoption of virtualization throughout the small-to-medium sized business (SMB) and remote-office markets.

"FalconStor is delivering on its continued commitment to providing a complete line of virtual storage and data protection solutions for VMware environments in all segments of the market," said Bernie Wu, FalconStor vice president of business development. "FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance extends our enterprise-class storage offering to the remote office and SMB markets, and the free version evangelizes the benefits of virtualization to a much broader audience."

FalconStor NSS is an enterprise-class software storage solution that offers storage virtualization, provisioning, management and data protection. The FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance is built for VMware ESX and enables the creation of iSCSI SANs based on the server's internal storage resources, making it an ideal solution for SMB as well as remote branch offices of large enterprises that are consolidating servers and storage with virtual machines and virtual SAN appliances.

With application-aware snapshot and replication technology, FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance protects a broad range of critical business applications running on VMware virtual machines, including: Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server and SharePoint Server; Oracle Database; Lotus Notes; Sybase Database Management; IBM DB2; and more.

"FalconStor is providing customers with an easy, affordable virtualization path to secure their applications," said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances for VMware. “VMware is making huge strides in lowering the cost of managing valuable IT resources for enterprise IT infrastructures. With the FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance, SMB customers can easily deploy cost-effective iSCSI virtual SAN appliances, enabling them to enjoy the advantages of virtual storage and VMware flexibility and resiliency.”

PAC Worldwide, a developer and manufacturer of packaging and shipping solutions to multinational corporations worldwide, has implemented FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance in its IT environment. "As the demands on our IT infrastructure and business applications increased, we were faced with exploring the purchase of additional hardware for a physical SAN in multiple manufacturing facilities,” said Jeff Snow, CFO of PAC Worldwide. “But once we looked at the benefits of virtual servers and storage to address our expanding capacity and data-protection requirements, we went with the combination of FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance and VMware Infrastructure. Because our business-to-business supply-chain applications support manufacturing facilities all over the world, we have peace of mind knowing our data is protected and can be replicated to one of our remote facilities as a key component of our business continuity and disaster-recovery planning.”

FalconStor is working with SYNNEX Corporation, a leading business process services company

to create solution accelerators that simplify packaging and speed virtualization adoption in small and medium-sized businesses. Channel partners will have an easier way to help their customers achieve affordable server and storage consolidation. “With the advent of FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance, we are given the opportunity to empower the channel to provide complete, simple virtualization solutions to companies that are exploring the latest in virtualization technologies,” said Steve Ichinaga, senior vice president and general manager, Systems Integration Division, for SYNNEX Corporation.

“FalconStor Software’s NSS VA allows us to empower our customers with cost-effective enterprise-class virtualization and data protection solutions that are simple to deploy,” said Brian McKinley, president and owner of Network Architects, a FalconStor Software channel partner in Bellevue, Wash. “Now we can enable our customers’ remote and branch offices with the same level of data protection that they have in their data centers while consolidating their IT infrastructure and management operations.”

FalconStor’s entire virtual appliance suite is available on the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace—the industry’s largest online directory of virtual appliances, with more than 900 available for download. Virtual appliance versions of FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS), FalconStor Continuous Data Protector™ (CDP), and FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with de-duplication are available for download on the Virtual Appliance Marketplace (http://www.vmware.com/appliances).

A trial version of FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance can be downloaded from the FalconStor website and from the VMware Virtual Appliance Marketplace as of Sept. 16th, 2008. This full-featured version includes patented FalconStor® MicroScan™ replication technology with built-in WAN acceleration and high-availability storage. FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance has gained VMware Ready validation, assuring customers that it is fully compatibility with VMware Infrastructure.

In addition, a free, limited version of FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance can be downloaded from www.freeiscsisan.com beginning Sept. 16, 2008. The FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance free edition is a pre-built, pre-configured, and ready-to-run virtual SAN appliance for VMware ESX and VMware ESXi.

About FalconStor Software, Inc.

FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), #5 in Forbes’ 2008 list of America´s Fastest-Growing Technology Companies, is the market leader in disk-based data protection. We deliver proven, comprehensive data protection solutions that facilitate the continuous availability of business-critical data with speed, integrity, and simplicity. Our TOTALLY Open™ technology solutions, built upon the award-winning IPStor® platform, include the industry leading Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with Deduplication, Continuous Data Protector™ (CDP), Network Storage Server (NSS), and Replication option for disaster recovery and remote office protection. Our products are available from major OEMs and solution providers including Acer, Brocade, COPAN Systems, EMC, H3C, IBM, MPC, Pillar Data Systems and Sun, and are deployed by thousands of customers worldwide, from small businesses to Fortune 1000 enterprises.

FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific regions including Paris, Tokyo and Taiwan. For more information, visit
www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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FalconStor® NSS Gateway Achieves VMware Certification

as Storage Virtualization Device

Solution Increases Array Flexibility for VMware Site Recovery Manager, Enables Open Storage Virtualization and Provisioning for Fast, Reliable Data Recovery

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 15, 2008—FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open™ data protection solutions, today announced that FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) Gateway, its storage virtualization and data protection solution, is now certified for VMware Infrastructure 3. VMware’s storage virtualization device certification completes FalconStor’s open storage virtualization and DR products for VMware environments employing VMware Site Recovery Manager – enabling fast, reliable, simple and hardware-independent recovery from data center failures.

FalconStor NSS Gateway is an enterprise-class SAN solution that acts as a storage virtualization and replication gateway to existing storage arrays from any vendor, provisioning virtual disks to VMware ESX and enabling VMware Site Recovery Manager in multivendor SAN environments. FalconStor NSS Gateway stands out among VMware-certified storage virtualization devices as an open software-based storage virtualization gateway.

“We believe FalconStor NSS Gateway is an ideal storage virtualization solution for VMware

virtualized environments for three reasons,” said Bernie Wu, vice president of business development for FalconStor Software. “First, it is an open storage virtualization and provisioning platform that provides VMware customers the freedom to choose any VMware-certified storage hardware both locally and at remote DR sites; second, it enables VMware Site Recovery Manager capability on any VMware-certified hardware and performs a WAN-optimized replication service that saves time and money; third and most important, with our patented application-aware snapshot capabilities, FalconStor NSS performs fast and transactionally consistent recovery from data center failures.”

"The promise of server virtualization and consolidation is to maximize system and data availability, improve physical resource utilization and minimize management time and cost – while saving on data center footprint and power and cooling requirements," said Dave Russell, research vice president, Storage Technologies & Strategies, at Gartner. "For storage virtualization to fully contribute to this promise, it must enable integrated data protection and high availability independent of the physical configuration of the storage infrastructure."

Today, FalconStor NSS Gateway enables any Fibre Channel SAN on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List with VMware Site Recovery Manager integration, WAN-accelerated replication and a broad range of application-aware snapshot support. FalconStor NSS Gateway data protection services for VMware environments include the following advanced features:

· Primary data center and DR site storage hardware can be any mix of heterogeneous equipment – providing customers with the freedom to use multi-vendor storage array deployments.

· Application Snapshot Director for VMware ESX complements VMware Site Recovery Manager to ensure active application data (Microsoft SQL Server, Sharepoint and Exchange; Oracle Database; Lotus Notes; Sybase Database Management; and IBM DB2) can be replicated with full transactional integrity to remote DR sites.

· FalconStor® MicroScan™ Thin Storage Replication optimizes WAN bandwidth utilization for more efficient primary-to-DR-site replication, further enabling faster fail-back operations.

· Support for failover of local physical servers to remote virtual machines ensures that all virtual machines are recovered during a disaster, eliminating the cost of additional server hardware for remote DR sites and assisting the data center transition to VMware Infrastructure.

· Snapshot agents for business applications ensure data integrity so that applications running on both physical and virtual machines are always failover-ready.

· Thin provisioning of all local and remote storage reduces overall storage acquisition costs and lowers long-term power consumption.

“FalconStor Software has worked closely with VMware to certify its storage virtualization and data protection solutions for VMware Infrastructure,” said Parag Patel, vice president, alliances, for VMware. “With its support for heterogeneous storage platforms, FalconStor NSS Gateway gives VMware Site Recovery Manager customers great flexibility in planning and implementing cost-effective DR deployments.”

W. R. Berkley Corporation (NYSE: WRB), a financial services company focused on the property and casualty insurance business, has implemented FalconStor NSS Gateway in a VMware Infrastructure environment. For DR, VMware virtual machines are replicated to a remote DR site using the FalconStor NSS Application Snapshot Director. “We have realized considerable efficiencies in going with VMware for our virtual infrastructure,” said Tom Whelans, vice president of operations for Berkeley Technology Services, the IT service operation of W.R. Berkeley. “With FalconStor NSS, we are able to replicate application-aware snapshots at a remote location, giving us the ability to failover to the DR site at any point in time. We are quite pleased with the way FalconStor and VMware solutions work together.”

About FalconStor Software, Inc.

FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), #5 in Forbes’ 2008 list of America´s Fastest-Growing Technology Companies, is the market leader in disk-based data protection. We deliver proven, comprehensive data protection solutions that facilitate the continuous availability of business-critical data with speed, integrity, and simplicity. Our TOTALLY Open™ technology solutions, built upon the award-winning IPStor® platform, include the industry leading Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with Deduplication, Continuous Data Protector™ (CDP), Network Storage Server (NSS), and Replication option for disaster recovery and remote office protection. Our products are available from major OEMs and solution providers including Acer, Brocade, COPAN Systems, EMC, H3C, IBM, MPC, Pillar Data Systems, and SUN and are deployed by thousands of customers worldwide, from small businesses to Fortune 1000 enterprises.

FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific regions including Paris, Tokyo and Taiwan. For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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