FalconStor Begins Global FreeStor SDS Rollout

By Pedro Hernandez

FreeStor, Mellville, NY-based virtual tape library (VTL) and data protection specialist FalconStor's new software-defined storage offering, is now officially available in select markets, with a global rollout planned for June 3. Prices start at $0.03 per gigabyte (GB) per month or $350 per terabyte (TB) per year.

Officially launched back in February, FreeStor provides businesses with a unified solution that virtualizes legacy storage area networks (SANs), enabling businesses that have already poured resources, time and money into their existing application and storage environments to adopt more adaptive, cloud-like IT infrastructures. "The FreeStor platform enables enterprises and MSP providers to establish a truly horizontal, software-defined storage infrastructure," Tim Sheets, vice president of Corporate Marketing for Falconstor, told InfoStor.

"This allows them to seamlessly move data across storage platforms and local sites, to private and hybrid cloud infrastructures regardless of hardware or protocols, all via a single pane-of-glass," he continued.

FreeStor provides data services and management capabilities that encompass physical and virtual systems, traditional and flash-enabled storage arrays, on-premise servers and cloud. Organizations can use the software to extend data optimization, migration, backup, recovery and continuity services to their IT environments. FreeStor Management Server, which can scale to manage up to 128 storage nodes, resides between storage with clients.

The solution is powered, in part, by the company's Intelligent Abstraction layer technology. The software blends policy-based automation, virtualization and data services to uncouple data and applications from physical hardware, networks and protocols, creating a flexible storage foundation for application workloads. Key to FreeStor's, low-resource, cloud-friendly approach are data optimization features like inline, block-based and file-based deduplication and bandwidth-sipping network operations.

"With our built-in WAN-optimized replication, it also helps save money on one of the most expensive pieces of the IT infrastructure, the network," Sheets said. "FreeStor reduces complexities, and provides the freedom and agility to move the data to, from and across private and hybrid clouds without disruption."

FreeStor's release is a major milestone for the company. With several editions of its FalconStor VTL and backup software under its belt, CEO Gary Quinn described FreeStor, as "the first new introduction of technology in five years" from his company, the during the product's unveiling.

"With FalconStor celebrating our 15th anniversary in business, FreeStor represents the culmination of the company’s original vision to simplify storage environments, while empowering customers to choose and integrate new technologies for maximum overall value," said Quinn today in a statement. "It is also our entryway into new global markets where storage infrastructures are looking for simplicity and better ROI."

Pedro Hernandez is a contributing editor at InfoStor. Follow him on Twitter @ecoINSITE.

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This article was originally published on May 06, 2015