FalconStor Launches Support for Windows Server 2008

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2008-10-13 Print this article Print

Unsung storage software company FalconStor Software enables automated failover for Microsoft virtual servers and disaster recovery for WANs. FalconStor also offers what it says is near-instantaneous disaster recovery over WANs in both physical server and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual server environments.

FalconStor Software, which provides storage software for companies such as Sun Microsystems and EMC and doesn't get a lot of recognition for it, said Oct. 13 that its FalconStor Network Storage Server is the first package to include full block-level support for failover and disaster recovery for Microsoft's new Windows Server 2008.

FalconStor provides "near-instantaneous disaster recovery" over WANs in both physical server and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual server environments, a FalconStor spokesperson said.

Because the FalconStor Network Storage Server integrates physical and virtual hardware and software, the combination of Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering and Hyper-V servers enables automatic failover of applications running on geographically dispersed physical and virtual servers.

This combination of products provides enterprises with data protection and immediate recovery from server failure, the spokesperson said.

Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in multisite cluster deployments enables virtualization and optimizes infrastructure and the rapid provisioning of new servers using systems management tools for both physical and virtualized environments.

FalconStor's NSS software automatically protects both Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V clusters through WAN optimization and automated multisite cluster failover integration. Using the NSS software, customers can unify multivendor SAN (storage area network) environments and replicate to a remote site using nearly any vendor's storage equipment at either location, the company said.

"In the past, integrating high-availability and disaster recovery capabilities together into a 'geoclustering' solution has been an expensive proposition that required significant administration sophistication and expertise," said Eric Burgener, senior analyst at the Taneja Group.

"FalconStor now has added capabilities to its core NSS software offering that make creating these configurations for Windows Server 2008 environments simpler and more cost-effective. This development will be welcomed by midmarket and enterprise customers alike," Burgener said.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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