New FalconStor® NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View Enhances Performance and Data Protection for Virtual Desktop Environments

Delivers 10x storage performance improvement while providing integrated, multi-tier data protection for virtual desktops

LONDON, UK, August 24, 2010--FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open(tm) data protection solutions, today announced FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) SAN Accelerator for VMware View(tm), an SSD-enhanced storage solution that increases the performance of VMware virtual desktop environments while delivering integrated, multi-tier data protection. FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View performs backup and recovery for the entire virtual desktop environment and for each virtual desktop - and, for the first time, enables integrated self-service file recovery for individual virtual desktop users.

VMware View delivers tremendous efficiencies in the deployment and management of enterprise users' desktop and laptop computers. Virtual desktop operation and management can be enhanced by storage capabilities to maximize performance, availability and efficiency. FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View dramatically enhances the efficiency of virtual desktop management throughout the virtual desktop lifecycle - accelerating virtual desktop booting, login, operation, logoff, patch/update and security management through 10x storage performance improvement.

Virtual desktop deployments also require advanced data protection and storage efficiency features for storing desktop images, user data and settings that need to be backed up and recoverable in the event of a system failure, user error or data center disaster. The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View employs snapshots, thin clones, replication and file-level protection to enable a three-tier data protection service:

  • Entire VMware View environment - comprehensive, enterprise-class continuous data protection that allows IT managers to recover locally or from a DR site in the event of system-wide failure.
  • All VMware View user data repositories - complete data protection for user data located within the VMware View environment and redirected folders on a separate NAS appliance.
  • Self-service file-level recovery - users can recover their own individual files as needed, saving storage administrators significant time and expense.

"Virtualization in general and virtualization of desktops in particular have amplified I/O unpredictably as read/write I/O storms occur frequently without warning; the only solution to date has been to add more disk drives," said David Vellante, chief research advocate, Wikibon. "Wikibon has been emphasizing the requirement for different architectures to exploit the potential of flash to improve I/O performance. We are very pleased with the innovation that FalconStor has shown with its flash-on- storage-controller implementation, which is much more efficient for VDI than SSDs. The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator neatly exploits the VMware I/O separation improvements to offer a solution that combines low-cost SATA with 2 to 3 percent high-performance flash as a cache that can adapt in real-time. Wikibon believes this is a best-of-breed solution for high-performance workloads."

"The rapidly adopted paradigm shift of virtual servers and desktops ushered in by VMware's innovation has created the need for storage environments with integrated data protection designed for the new virtual data center," said Jim McNiel, chief strategy officer for FalconStor. "Virtual environments not only demand flexible, scalable virtual storage environments, but also require backup and DR systems that work with the unique characteristics of virtual machines. We designed the FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View(tm) to deliver the kind of storage environment that virtual desktops require - improving performance and data protection in one elegant solution."

Pricing and Availability
The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View is available immediately through FalconStor's network of channel partners. The average cost for an implementation of up to 5,000 users is $35 per virtual desktop.

FalconStor at VMworld 2010
FalconStor Software will be exhibiting at VMworld 2010 in San Francisco from August 30 to September 2, 2010, in booth number 1407. In addition to the FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View, FalconStor will be demonstrating its latest failover/failback capabilities for VMware vCenter(tm) Site Recovery Manager and RecoverTrac physical-to-virtual server recovery.

FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC) is the market leader in disk-based data protection. FalconStor delivers proven, comprehensive data protection solutions that facilitate the continuous availability of business-critical data with speed, integrity and simplicity. The Company's TOTALLY Open(tm) technology solutions, built upon the award-winning IPStor® platform, include the industry leading Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with deduplication, Continuous Data Protector (CDP), File-interface Deduplication System (FDS), and Network Storage Server (NSS), each enabled with WAN-optimized replication for disaster recovery and remote office protection, and the HyperFS(TM) file system. FalconStor products are available as OEM or branded solutions from industry leaders, including Acer, Data Direct Networks, Dynamic Solutions International, EMC, Fujitsu, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei, Pillar Data Systems, SGI, SeaChange and Spectra Logic and are deployed by thousands of customers worldwide, from small businesses to Fortune 1000 enterprises. FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, N.Y., with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific region. FalconStor is an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). For more information, visit