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Enabling customers to transform their existing direct-attached storage into an iSCSI virtual SAN appliance for VMware environments, FalconStor Software today announced FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) Virtual Appliance for VMware ESX.

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. This makes 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.

Using 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.

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 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.”

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 September 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 September 16th 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.

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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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