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FalconStor moves to facilitate data mobility for DR

FalconStor enhances data mobility platform with the goal of giving customers better control over disaster recovery automation.

FalconStor this week upgraded its RecoverTrac data mobility technology -- which works with its CDP and NSS software -- to improve its ability to automate failover and failback for disaster recovery.

RecoverTrac is built into Continuous Data Protector (CDP) and Network Storage Server (NSS) to automate disaster recovery (DR) for physical and virtual resources. With the new release, RecoverTrac will support VMware vSphere 5.5 when it launches, as well as recovery of physical and virtual machines running Microsoft Windows 2012 and Hyper-V 2.0. FalconStor has also enabled customers to use multiple forms of encryption for different data types.

New features include a stretch cluster configurator, Tie Breaker and LUN encryption.

The stretch cluster configuration simplifies setup of clusters across sites to increase data availability. The Tie Breaker feature lets an admin guarantee an application will be available if there is a contention for resources during failover or failback. Admins can pre-determine which application should take priority during a failure.

LUN encryption lets customers set up different types of encryption for LUNs running on the same device.

FalconStor also added support for thin provision reclaim for all devices connected by VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration.

Tim Sheets, FalconStor vice president of product marketing, said the mobility tools enable customers to eliminate impact on production data while reading and copying any data.

"We want FalconStor to be considered the data mobility platform," he said. "We want our customers to ask, 'If you move data, where does it go? When you store it, how do you protect it?'"

FalconStor is trying to rebound from a string of money-losing years, CEO changes and scandal from sales fraud. Sheets said competitors have used those problems to disparage FalconStor, although he maintains its technology has remained strong.

"For all the FUD [fear, uncertainty and doubt] that's been out there, we're still here," he said. "We're alive and kicking and still delivering the best products."

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