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FalconStor Ports CDP to Virtual Appliance

FalconStor has released a CDP "virtual appliance" it claims can substantially streamline host-based backup and disaster recovery.

The FalconStor CDP Virtual Appliance for VMware incorporates the CDP application that up to now has run on the vendor's IPStor turnkey appliances, including its operating system, in software that runs as a virtual machine within an ESX Server.

By ditching the hardware underlying its CDP appliance and turning it into a virtual machine, FalconStor claims to have made it possible to keep local and remote sites more closely matched at all times, to achieve better recovery time objectives, and to restore entire servers from bare metal up in a matter of minutes instead of hours.

At least one analyst agrees. "FalconStor recognized that implementing applications in VMware brings a lot of positives... They are able to keep more than just data elements in the virtual machines," says Arun Taneja of the Taneja Group consultancy. In his view, the breakthrough is that the virtual machine format allows FalconStor's CDP engine to recover not just data, but entire applications and servers as well.

FalconStor claims it's possible to perform bare-metal server restorals within 30 minutes. Files and databases can be recovered in one minute; virtual-to-virtual recovery takes two minutes; physical-to-physical recovery takes five minutes; and physical-to-virtual recovery, 10 minutes.

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