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FalconStor Optimizes Virtual Infrastructure for Swiss Telco While Overcoming Inflexible Cost Structure of Hardware Refreshes
FalconStor Software Inc., a 15-year innovator of software-defined storage solutions, today announced that Sunrise Communications Group AG has implemented its FreeStor single, converged, hardware-agnostic data service software platform to optimize its virtualized storage infrastructure while continuing to consolidate and reduce costs without compromising customer values.

Sunrise is the largest private telecommunications provider in Switzerland that covers the full range of telecommunications: mobile, landline network, Internet and digital TV. With a nationwide state-of-the-art fibre network backbone and full access to the most advanced next-generation access technologies, Sunrise is committed to delivering a best-in-class convergent experience at the best possible price to its 3.3 million customers.

As the availability of its systems has to satisfy the 24x7 requirements necessitated by a change in focus to selling via the Internet and through its online presence, Sunrise needed to find a way to do upgrades and testing while minimizing downtime and with minimal windows of opportunity. Sunrise looked for a solution that could quickly and easily meet its changing needs, migrate between commodity storage vendors and overcome the inflexible cost structuring of re-licensing business-critical applications when refreshing its hardware infrastructure. Having been a FalconStor NSS and CDP customer for nearly a decade, Sunrise decided to upgrade its system to one built upon the new FreeStor software-defined platform.

"The whole point of the FreeStor deployment is that we are looking at providing a complete solution," said Sandor Orban, Technical Lead Infrastructure Services at Sunrise. "FreeStor helps us to provide infrastructure services that support our business to provide the highest levels of availability and data security. It allows us to support the business by driving faster and lower-cost launches of new products and services. While the future is always changing, we know that FreeStor will be able to help us further optimize our environment, continuing the trend to consolidate and reduce costs without compromising our customer values."

FreeStor's horizontal architecture unlocks a new world of storage opportunities, allowing IT managers, MSPs and CSPs to maximize efficiencies and lower costs while taking advantage of cloud, hybrid cloud, flash storage and Software-Defined Storage. A groundbreaking Intelligent Abstraction approach delivers seamless access and unified data services across entire storage infrastructures without having to invest in new technology, or rip and replace existing platforms. Always-on availability and continuity keep business running while enabling them to move, synchronize and protect data seamlessly across virtual and physical storage platforms.

"Rather than having to re-purchase software, maintenance and support licenses at the end of every hardware lifecycle, Sunrise was looking for a flexible pricing model that allowed them to pay for what they used and not pay for what they didn't need," said Gary Quinn, FalconStor President, and CEO. "By upgrading all of their migration, continuity, recovery and optimization services to FreeStor, Sunrise now has the ability to separate functionality from their commodity hardware to ensure they have the flexibility for meeting customer needs without overspending."

Published Monday, November 30, 2015 10:31 AM by David Marshall
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