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FalconStor Expands De-Dupe Capabilities With File Interface

FalconStor Software Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), a leading provider of virtual tape libraries (VTLs), today announced a new file interface data de-duplication system, expanding options for customers seeking to back up data to disk.

The company said the file interface de-duplication system accepts data from standard network and data backup systems and includes CIFS and NFS file interface for block-level de-duplication, file-level access to the de-dupe repository, optimization for third-party backup software, and many-to-one replication capabilities for global de-duplication. It is available as a virtual appliance on several server virtualization platforms.

"This lets users access a file directly, which makes it easier to restore a file. The advantage for us is we have a central de-duplication repository that will accept replication jobs from multiple sites and verify that the data is unique before we replicate," said Fadi Albatal, FalconStor director of marketing, in an interview. The product is now in testing and will be available early next year with a list price of $13,000. The list price for a virtual appliance without replication starts at $5,000, plus $2,000 for adding replication.

The technology's ability to de-dupe data between remote sites and a central repository system can help companies reduce disk storage, accelerate backup processes, and shorten recovery times, the company said.

Eric Burgener, a senior analyst at Taneja Group , said in a statement that FalconStor is entering a new market with its disk-to-disk backup software, namely NAS-based disk-to-disk backup. "This promises to shake things up for existing NAS D2D vendors and extends the benefits of FalconStor's highly scalable deduplication technology to a new customer base that values many of the same features that made FalconStor the industry leader in the VTL arena," he said.

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