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‘TOTALLY Open’ architecture facilitates superior scalability in capacity/performance, universal host/storage connectivity and seamless integration with backup software, arrays and tape libraries for the World’s #1 VTL Solution

Basingstoke, UK — 22nd January 2008 — FalconStor Software has once again raised the bar with the release today of the next generation of FalconStor® Virtual Tape Library (VTL). FalconStor VTL Enterprise Edition is the industry’s most open, scalable and powerful VTL solution, delivering unmatched performance with minimal operating cost via tight integration with third party backup software, disk arrays, and physical tape libraries, as well as advanced media management capabilities.

FalconStor VTL Enterprise Edition integrates with FalconStor’s clustered de-duplication technology, Single Instance Repository (SIR), and is designed with scalable IO performance and storage capacity to accommodate implementations ranging from remote offices to enterprise data centres.

“Our enterprise has relied upon the FalconStor VTL for more than four years,” said Sandor Orban, Storage Infrastructure Manager, at Sunrise AG, Switzerland’s largest independent telecommunications provider. “The FalconStor VTL continues to seamlessly support our growing IT infrastructure as it expands. The product constantly surpasses our expectations in its reliability and stability.”

"A strategic technology partner, FalconStor works with Sun to deliver the enhanced features of FalconStor VTL and provide both high performance data protection with seamless integration and de-duplication to customers,” said David Kenyon, Vice President, Storage Marketing, Sun Microsystems, Inc. “This innovative solution provides unsurpassed efficiency through the migration of older data from disk storage onto low-energy-use tapes, saving money and with lower impact on the environment.”

“For over four years FalconStor and Copan have been focused on delivering solutions that meet the massive scalability requirements of the enterprise. The positive feedback we regularly receive from our mutual customers has allowed us to continue to lead the industry with enterprise class VTL & SIR functionality. I am excited that FalconStor’s recent announcement strengthens our ability to deliver significant benefit to our enterprise clients,” said Mark Ward President and CEO of COPAN Systems.

FalconStor’s ‘TOTALLY Open’ architecture enables its strategic and channel partners to implement FalconStor VTL as a Linux or Solaris appliance or as a Virtual Appliance under VMware by using state-of-the-art connectivity (4Gb FC, 10Gb Ethernet or 20Gb Infiniband) and disk arrays (SATA, SAS, FC, MAID) to meet the diverse demands of enterprise customers.

The ‘TOTALLY Open’ architecture enables tight integration with third party backup software vendors to offer innovative features like “NDMP tape copy” and “hosted server backup enabler” to reduce cost of ownership. In addition, FalconStor VTL’s ‘Open’ architecture interfaces with industry standard tape libraries, via SCSI, FC or ACSLS, to reduce media handling cost by offering advanced media management services such as virtual media shredding and physical media duplication, stacking, and encryption.

With its integration of SIR de-duplication technologies, FalconStor VTL Enterprise Edition enables companies to optimise disk storage, greatly expanding the on-line retention capacity and replication efficiency. FalconStor VTL Enterprise Edition provides more capacity with greater connectivity than ever before, more virtual tape libraries, greater numbers of drives and cartridges, more backups per disk, and scalability of up to 8 nodes with high-availability. FalconStor VTL’s consolidated tape management and reporting capabilities are crucial for large organisations to better track the system/capacity utilisation and the status of scheduled activities such as tape duplication and replication.

“The FalconStor VTL Enterprise software architecture provides concurrent overlap backups with de-duplication, offering throughput speeds well suited to scaling to high capacity enterprise environments,” states Laura Dubois, Research Director, IDC Storage Software. “This latest version of software offerings which include clustering, tape consolidation and encryption features, are mandatory in today’s availability, capacity and security conscious data centres.”

“FalconStor is the recognised market leader in VTL for good reason - we continuously provide customers with the most innovative features available via seamless integration with the existing backup environment,” said ReiJane Huai, CEO, FalconStor. “For this release we streamlined the manageability and operability of our VTL solution to offer the highest performance and most massively scalable enterprise-class VTL on the market. With global de-duplication, robust media management, and unmatched performance, FalconStor VTL improves the dependability and efficiency of the backup/recovery infrastructure for any size enterprise.”

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About FalconStor VTL and Clustered De-duplication
The storage industry’s #1 virtual tape library (as sited in The InfoPro’s latest rankings of surveyed VTL installations, including OEM deployments); FalconStor VTL provides the reliability of disk with the simplicity of tape, allowing companies to backup worry-free. With a sizable share of the market and more than 4000 customers globally, FalconStor VTL is a proven backup optimisation solution distributed through valued Solution Providers and OEM partners.

FalconStor VTL with clustered data de-duplication offers the following benefits:

Superior performance
Sustaining backup traffic originated by the backup hosts via FC (up to 4Gb) and iSCSI (up to 10 Gb) at 1.2 GB/sec per node.
“Host backup enabler” allows third party backup software to run on the VTL appliance to perform backup, restore or media copy over the high-speed PCI bus.

Linear scalability
Scales up to 8 nodes as a single group of 4 VTL HA pairs, totalling 9.6 GB/s.
Next-generation de-duplication architecture supports dedicated N+1 clustering with up to 4 SIR nodes; the SIR repository can scale up to 256TB of unique data to achieve optimal de-duplication/hit rate.
FalconStor’s post-processing de-dupe model imposes no impact on the backup performance or backup window. SIR’s de-duplication process is cleverly designed to start/suspend/resume, in real time, based on media activity with no impact on the backup or restore operation.

Centralised global management that reduces MIS administration costs
Manage multiple FalconStor VTLs at the data centre, remote offices or at your disaster recovery site.
Up to 8 VTL nodes and 4+1 SIR nodes can be configured and managed as a single group through group policies and reports.
Streamline media management and reduce IT workload with tape caching, multi-tape export with optional encryption and tape consolidation/stacking.

‘TOTALLY Open’ architecture for unparalleled flexibility
Completely heterogeneous.
Seamless integration with Solaris x86, Linux, VMware, and Virtual Iron.
Supports widest array of third party backup software, physical tape libraries and drives, and third party disk arrays.

Data de-duplication to lower costs of bandwidth for remote replication and disk storage
Optimal storage efficiency through tape format aware data de-duplication and compression.
Supports one-to-one and many-to-one offsite replication for disaster recovery. Only unique data blocks are replicated to the remote site, lowering costs by slashing network traffic over 95%.

Feature-embedded tape security and data encryption to protect sensitive data
Enhanced tape media security with tape shredding, secure tape export, and replication with data encryption.

Flexible packaging to empower channel to build turnkey appliances with velocity deployment
As multi-node gateway appliance to work with certified external disk arrays and tape libraries.
As single-node storage appliance with certified embedded or direct-attached disk drives.
As virtual appliance for VMware installations.

Availability
FalconStor VTL Enterprise Edition is available now through FalconStor’s valued Solution Provider partners. Enterprise Appliance pricing begins at $53,000 MSRP.

Customers can contact FalconStor to find the appropriate reseller in their area at www.falconstor.com.

About FalconStor
FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) 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 technology-independent solutions, built upon the award-winning IPStor® virtualization platform, include the industry leading Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with Single Instance Repository (SIR) for de-duplication, Continuous Data Protector™ (CDP), Storage Virtualization, and Replication for disaster recovery and remote office protection. Our products are available from major OEMs and solution providers including EMC, SUN, IBM, Brocade, Acer, H3C, MPC, Pillar Data Systems and COPAN 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

FalconStor, FalconStor Software, and IPStor are registered trademarks and Continuous Data Protector is a trademark of FalconStor Software, Inc. All other company and product names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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