FalconStor overhauled its VTL today, using a new version of the software to push its de-duplication message out to the masses.
"This is an opportunity for them to re-launch their data-de-dupe capabilities," says Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Heidi Biggar. "The first six months of this year will be important for de-dupe vendors -- Data Domain has had a lot of traction, and this shows that FalconStor is really zooming in on these enterprise environments."
The word "enterprise" is important. Where Data Domain has seen most traction is in the small to midrange business segment. Enterprises remain generally unharvested when it comes to de-duplication. And the race is definitely on to gain traction there.
FalconStor has had de-dupe in its arsenal for over a year now, although the vendor must now prove its technology in a market crowded with the likes of Data Domain, Sepaton, and Diligent. There were also questions about the vendor's first de-dupe iteration. Last year, for example, FalconStor partner Sun turned to Diligent for de-dupe despite OEM'ing the FalconStor VTL.
In an attempt to make its presence felt, FalconStor today expanded the Single Instance Repository (SIR), which handles data de-duplication. Previously, FalconStor's SIR consisted of two two-node clusters, although Version 5 of the vendor's VTL offers one four-node cluster in an attempt to share de-duplication across a wider area.