FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open™ data protection solutions, and SeaChange International, Inc. (NASDAQ: SEAC), a leading provider of software and hardware solutions for digital television, today announced a strategic OEM partnership that allows SeaChange to integrate the FalconStor ® HyperFS™ file system [see related press release, “FalconStor Announces HyperFS File System for Media and Entertainment Market”] into the new SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary. SeaChange is showing the Universal MediaLibrary in booth N5311 at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, through April 15.

SeaChange’s Universal MediaLibrary is an integrated media storage platform that combines FalconStor’s HyperFS solution – a high-performance, massively scalable file system – with a RAID-protected, highly available, high-density disk array. The SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary is targeted at demanding television broadcast, video-on-demand and post-production applications that require support for large data sets, concurrent multi-user access, high-performance video streaming and highly scalable storage capacity in a single, global pool of storage.

“We chose FalconStor’s HyperFS file system for the SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary because of its high-performance streaming capability, high availability and ability to consolidate and manage extremely large numbers of files in a single global name space,” said SeaChange General Manger Bang Chang. “We looked at a number of competing solutions and found that the HyperFS file system was the only solution that met every one of our very demanding requirements. For broadcasting and especially for video-on-demand, the HyperFS file system optimizes stream performance so our solutions can deliver thousands simultaneously.”

The HyperFS file system simplifies management of and access to large numbers of multiple types of files, substantially reducing storage capital and operational expenses; it optimizes storage performance by providing a single global name space*, up to 144 petabytes of storage capacity and gigabyte-level transmission bandwidth that supports hundreds of shared clients. The HyperFS file system meets the demanding requirements of the media and entertainment market by supporting massive data sets, concurrent heterogeneous multi-user access, high performance, low latency and highly scalable storage capacity in a single pool of storage. With today’s all-digital motion pictures generating up to two petabytes of data or more, the HyperFS file system allows users to manage their assets in one place that is easily accessible at all points in their digital workflow. As an open software platform, the HyperFS file system runs on any storage hardware and supports Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows and Linux clients in a shared infrastructure.

The HyperFS file system is ideal for media and entertainment applications, such as broadcast, post, video-on-demand and content distribution, where storage consolidation, cost-saving simplification of operations, massive scalability and high performance are critical to storing, managing, editing and sharing a large number of sizeable video/audio files.

“The HyperFS file system is architected to address a wide variety of media and entertainment applications that are dependent upon the ability to consolidate, manage and manipulate enormous amounts of data,” said Bernie Wu, vice president and business development for FalconStor Software. “Through our strategic OEM partnership with SeaChange International, we are answering a need for the kind of multi-tasking, high-performance, high-capacity storage management system the media industry demands as content continues to grow in quantity, size and complexity.”

About SeaChange Universal MediaLibrary

SeaChange’s answer to the massive storage requirements inherent to multi-screen video delivery is the Universal MediaLibrary (UML), a CDN-class library storage system providing up to 144 terabytes of raw storage in a compact 5RU Matrix Storage Array. The unique chassis design of the UML consists of six blades that are serviceable even while operational. Each blade module contains 12 top-load drive slots that enable simple drive replacement without impacting operations. Working in concert with SeaChange’s AssetFlow software, the UML can function as a network attached storage platform to store enormous amounts of content in multiple formats, while also providing a temporary storage area to support content operations such as production and content creation archives, automated quality assurance, and transcoding. The UML can also store all processed content packages prior to delivery to multi-screen destinations and distribution outlets along with any related production content.

FalconStor HyperFS Key Features and Benefits
  • Transparent scalability, up to 144 petabytes of storage enables the consolidation of disparate storage resources into a single, easy-to-manage and capacity-optimized pool of storage
  • High performance and low latency to handle I/O needed for rich media applications involving billions of objects or files
  • Global name space and built-in network-attached storage (NAS) for a universal, consolidated file system accessible to all users
  • Dedicated metadata server (MDS) supports up to 16 concurrent file systems to facilitate storage consolidation, scalability and smooth workflow
  • Supports heterogeneous Microsoft Windows, Linux and Mac OS X clients and allows them to share files seamlessly
  • Open architecture for hardware independence allows customers to choose the hardware platform that is most efficient and cost effective for their environment
  • Comprehensive data protection when deployed with FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) – built-in snapshots, WAN-optimized replication, and data migration for maximum data availability
  • FalconStor NSS provides thin provisioning for maximum disk utilization to reduce storage costs and power consumption

About SeaChange

SeaChange International is a leading provider of software applications, services and integrated solutions for video-on-demand (VOD), digital advertising, and content acquisition, monetization and management. Its powerful open VOD and advertising software and scalable hardware enable cable and telco operators, as well as broadcasters, to provide new on-demand services and to gain greater efficiencies in advertising and content delivery. With its Emmy Award-winning and patented technology, thousands of SeaChange deployments are helping broadband, broadcast and satellite television companies to streamline operations, expand services and increase revenues. Headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts, SeaChange has product development, support and sales offices around the world. Visit www.schange.com.

About FalconStor Software

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™ 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 file system. FalconStor products are available from major OEMs and solution providers including 3Com, Acer, Data Direct Networks, Dynamic Solutions International, EMC, IBM, Oracle, 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 www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

FalconStor, FalconStor Software and IPStor are registered trademark and TOTALLY Open and HyperFS are trademarks of FalconStor Software, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other company and product names contained herein may be trademarks of their respective holders.

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* A global name space is a heterogeneous, enterprise-wide abstraction of all file information, open to dynamic customization based on user-defined parameters, that enables effective file management in mixed environments.

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