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FalconStor VTL 7.5 Features Multiple Dedupe Options

"Twenty-two years ago, my boss told me tape was dead," recalls Darrell Riddle, senior director of product marketing for FalconStor. However, as we all know, tape is still alive and well.

Even though the demand for continuous backup has grown tremendously, tape still satisfies a host of requirements for apps such as archiving and legal discovery, which is why FalconStor Software took the wraps off version 7.5 of FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL), which the company is touting for its high-speed, inline dedupe performance and flexibility.

On the dedupe side, v7.5 adds inline functionality to a product that already had concurrent and post-processing capabilities, and says it has the flexibility to deploy these options in multiple configurations to match data types and available storage. Adding to the dedupe mix, v7.5 enables users to deploy FalconStor Turbo deduplication with post and current processing modes, which the company claims slashes I/O cycles and boosts performance up to 300 percent.

Specifically, in performance tests of a four-node cluster configuration, v7.5 registered dedupe speeds of more than 28 terabytes per hour with inline deduplication and over 40 terabytes per hour with post processing.

"V7.5 is scalable by either adding nodes or adding storage -- an option not available from other deduplication vendors -- allowing customers to scale two different ways, and dramatically reduce future storage spending while improving efficiency," FalconStor states, adding the product features "easy expansion of data repository nodes, lowering the cost of initial storage investment while providing capacity to grow with business demands."

Riddle hopes FalconStor will benefit from dynamic market conditions, saying "Gartner says a lot of companies will change their data protection vendors over the next couple of years."

FalconStor VTL 7.5 is currently available as software only, or as a fully configured appliance or virtual machine. Prices run from $2,500 to $4,000 per terabyte under management, based on the configuration.

Posted by Bruce Hoard on 04/30/2012 at 12:48 PM


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