May 6th, 2015 by Adam Armstrong
FalconStor FreeStor Software-Defined Storage Now Available
Today FalconStor Software Inc. announced the general availability of the industry's first horizontal, software-defined storage platform for unified data services, FreeStor. In order to celebrate the release, FalconStor’s CEO, Gary Quinn, will ring the closing bell today on the NASDAQ.
FreeStor has an Intelligent Abstraction core that 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 virtualizes almost any storage environment – modern or legacy, virtual or physical; 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
Availability and pricing
FreeStor is available today through limited distribution through certain geographies and will be globally available on June 3, 2015. FreeStor is a subscription based price-per-terabyte including 24x7 support, basic installation, and any software upgrades. Starting price is $.03/GB per month or $350/TB per year.