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FalconStor Focuses on China

Falconstor is ramping up its presence in China with new products and plans -- including a service that will enable U.S. companies to replicate data at a key technology hub in China.

The news highlights momentum in China's storage sector. Firms such as Huawei, Langchao, and Lenovo have recently boosted the profile of the Chinese technology markets, backed by a government clearly aiming to challenge America's position as IT superpower. (See China: Storage Superpower? and Huawei Sales Hit $11B.) And as China flexes its technology muscles, there has been speculation that cash-rich Chinese firms will look to make their presence felt in the U.S. storage market. (See Redrawing the Storage Map and Insider Analyzes China's Big Three.)

FalconStor, for its part, is launching into China on several fronts. For instance, it's looking to build on the partnership it recently announced with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a research institution that controls all the Internet traffic coming into and out of the country. The Academy is now deploying FalconStor's PrimeVault service as part of an effort to provide disaster recovery and backup to Chinese firms and government departments.

PrimeVault uses FalconStor software to back up data to service provider data centers, charging a monthly subscription determined by the amount of gigabytes backed up.

According to ReiJane Huai, the FalconStor CEO, U.S. firms will also be able to use this service sometime this year. Businesses with branch offices in China, he told Byte & Switch, will be able to use the Academy of Science's Internet backbone to replicate their data back to the U.S.

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