February 18th, 2015 by Adam Armstrong
FalconStor Unveils Industry's First Horizontal Converged Data Service Platform
FalconStor Software Inc. unveiled the industry's first horizontal converged data service platform, FreeStor. FreeStor allows data to flow horizontally across older and newer technology, both physical and virtual. The new unified platform works across arrays, servers, hypervisors, data centers, and the cloud to provide migration, continuity, protection, recovery, and optimization.
FreeStor accomplishes this horizontal flow through its Intelligent Abstraction core. The Intelligent Abstraction core allows data in all of its forms to migrate across all platforms by optimizing the storage resources into a storage resource pool that can be provisioned to physical or virtual applications. It also allows existing storage infrastructure to be combined with the latest technology; this would be a serious plus for IT departments looking to utilize new solutions such as flash, software-defined storage, and the cloud while still being able to use their existing solutions. Data can be moved non-disruptively from any location to another.
Not only will FreeStor allow data migration between all types of storage solutions, regardless of age, but also customers should see significant performance improvements (over 1 million IOPS per IO cluster). FreeStor uses centralized management GUI (though the web, tablets, and smartphones) with enhanced REST API. And FreeStor’s increased deduplication and backup efficiencies improve storage utilization. And WAN optimized replication and data movement can reduce costs by as much as 95%.
FreeStor benefits include:
- Simplifying traffic to, from, and across the cloud – FreeStor’s converged data management services provide an efficient way to move, synchronize, and protect data between organizations’ current on premise IT infrastructures and private, hosted, or hybrid clouds
- Modernize legacy infrastructure without rip and replace – new, simple cost-effective tools work seamlessly on and across most platforms and data types while leveraging and modernizing existing hardware to further help organizations break the chains of restrictive vendor lock-in, vendor specific tools, and vendor-dictated business models
- Always-on business continuity – improved, enhanced local, active-active, or multi-site high availability ensures files, applications, systems, and even entire sites are consistently available
- Predictable, simple, flexible pricing with no surprises - all data management services are provided in an annual subscription-based price-per-terabyte model with 24 x 7 support and software upgrades
FreeStor is expected to be available in May 2015 through FalconStor's channel partners.