Press Release Summary:
Tape Library Accelerator Appliance allows users to deploy backup acceleration and data encryption services in backup environment without changing configuration of physical tape library or 3rd party backup software. It utilizes disk to provision additional virtual tape drives to backup host, and encrypt physical tape cartridge in background without impacting backup speed. Password-protected encryption keys can be securely exported and kept in vault or DR center.
Original Press Release:
FalconStor Announces "Tape Library Accelerator Appliance" to Enhance the Performance and Security of Industry Standard Tape Library
STORAGE NETWORKING WORLD 2005, Orlando, FL, October 24, 2005-FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), a leading provider of VirtualTape Library (VTL) software, today announced a "Tape Library Accelerator Appliance" plug-and-play solution, based on the company's award-wining VTL solution, to enhance the performance and security of third party tape libraries with industry standard interfaces such as SCSI or Fibre Channel.
The Tape Library Accelerator Appliance allows users to conveniently deploy backup acceleration and data encryption services in the backup environment without changing the configuration of their physical tape library or third party backup software. The appliance utilizes disk to enhance a daily backup's performance and reliability, encrypt the physical tape cartridge in the background without impacting backup speed, and provision additional virtual tape drives to the backup host to accommodate additional or concurrent backup/restore sessions.
The appliance's unique, built-in key management facility allows users to define a flexible policy to encrypt physical tape cartridges, based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Password-protected encryption keys can be securely exported and kept in the vault or DR center to facilitate disaster recovery.
"FalconStor is a leader and innovator in data protection with its VTL and remote mirroring solutions," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "We are seeing disk-based systems becoming a requisite part of the backup process integrated with tape. FalconStor has taken this one step further adding fundamental value of performance and security through tape caching and encryption technology."
Unencrypted backup tapes can be a big security risk to businesses. Reluctance to encrypt physical tapes at the backup server may be due to concern of a major time penalty to backup operations. FalconStor's approach to key management and encryption is accomplished on the turnkey appliance, and not on the production system, delivering the security benefits of strong encryption by producing securely encrypted physical tapes for storage and transport, and preventing backup performance degradation while not eating into the backup window.
Customers currently using physical tape libraries can easily implement the tape caching and encryption appliance without changing their backup policies or procedures. The combination of a disk-based appliance, VTL features and a physical tape library allows customers to streamline management and maximize available storage capacity.
"Skyrocketing data volumes, regulatory compliance and disaster recovery are factors that midrange organizations have to deal with in their backup/restore tape library procedures. Our customers and partners have asked for a way to accelerate and secure this particular process, so we've tailored our VTL solution to address this specific request," said John Lallier, FalconStor vice president of technology. "By introducing our tape caching and encryption solution, FalconStor is once again delivering just what our customers and partners are asking for."
The Tape Library Accelerator solution will be available in the fourth quarter of 2005 through authorized FalconStor solution integrators. Pricing will vary according to configuration, connectivity (iSCSI or Fibre Channel), and amount of storage included.
FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC) is a leading developer of innovative network storage software that optimizes the protection and availability of enterprise and SMB data and applications, ensuring nonstop business productivity while simplifying storage management and backup to reduce operational costs. FalconStor's award-winning solutions-IPStor® Enterprise Edition, VirtualTape Library, and iSCSI Storage Server-are available from major OEMs, system integrators, and resellers, and are deployed worldwide by governments, educational institutions, and Fortune 1000 enterprises across industries including aerospace, energy production, financial services, healthcare, law, manufacturing, and telecommunications.
FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, NY, with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific regions including Paris, Tokyo and Taiwan. FalconStor is an active member of the Technical Support Alliance Network (TSANet), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-631-777-5188.