FalconStor Launches Support for Windows Server 2008

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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