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FalconStor Software Delivers Continuous Data Protection Services to Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel’s Heterogeneous Environment, Ensuring Business Continuity
FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the market leader in disk-based data protection solutions, today announced the deployment of the FalconStor® Continuous Data ProtectorTM (CDP) Virtual Appliance for VMware Virtual Infrastructure to provide data protection for the heterogeneous VMware- and Microsoft Windows-based infrastructure at Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel. Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel is the municipal authority responsible for the administration of the Soltau-Fallingbostel district of Lower Saxony, Germany.

The municipal authority invested in the FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance as part of a VMware server virtualisation project. The FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance was deployed to provide an advanced disaster recovery solution in the event of a system crash. A significant advantage of the solution is its capability to recover data with a simple point and click procedure.

The FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance provides reliable disaster protection to Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel via the adaptive replication of data to a secondary disaster recovery location. The ability of FalconStor solutions to monitor and protect a heterogeneous infrastructure is illustrated by the fact that the authority uses a storage area network at the primary data centre and direct attached storage at the disaster recovery site.

We are pleased to provide the FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance with its Snapshot Agent and Time Mark® options to Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel, said Danielle Gauthier, Vice President, Marketing, EMEA, for FalconStor. The solution offers the authority a level of data integrity not available in conventional solutions, tightly integrating with its Microsoft file system and IBM Lotus Notes database. Having the ability to stabilize active applications enables the authority to back up 5TB of active data with complete transactional and point-in-time integrity.

Martin Michaelis, systems administrator at Landkreis Soltau-Fallingbostel, said: Our virtual servers require the same level of data protection as physical ones; having virtual servers doesnt eliminate the need to avoid service downtime. We were aware that FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance provides comprehensive data protection for VMware environments and, for us, it delivers fast yet simple disaster recovery and business continuity insurance.

Since it installs as a virtual appliance, the FalconStor solution is a no-risk option as well as a very cost-efficient choice, Mr. Michaelis added. Our users, in particular, appreciate its simplicity the new ability to restore data themselves is a welcome one.

The integration was performed by FalconStor partner bios systemhaus GmbH.

About FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance for VMware Virtual Infrastructure

The FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance for VMware Virtual Infrastructure is a disk-based data protection solution that fully integrates with the VMware ESX Server to provide comprehensive backup and disaster recovery for any kind of scenario, whether physical or virtual, system or data, local or remote. The FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance provides continuous and periodic protection for physical servers and virtual machine disks, incorporating features such as mirroring, snapshot, and database (DB) agents.

In addition to local site physical and virtual server protection, the FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance extends data protection to remote sites using powerful remote replication. Organizations can leverage an integrated FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance to create a fully functional DR site and easily replicate all physical and virtual machine data to this location through IP networks.

If a local site experiences failure or downtime, it can recover its data from a remote site CDP Server or a CDP Virtual Appliance in the VMware ESX Server to restart the services directly. Once the facilities at the local site are fixed, the remotely replicated data can be written back to the local site to resume operations.

Published Wednesday, February 27, 2008 12:02 PM by David Marshall
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