FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open™ data protection solutions, today announced that Earth Rangers, a FalconStor ® Continuous Data Protector (CDP) customer, has been selected by SNW as a winner in the Spring 2010 “Best Practices” Awards Program in the category of green computing, energy efficiency and the data center.

SNW’s “Best Practices” Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of storage IT solutions and approaches. Five finalists and one winner in each category were recognized during an awards ceremony that took place at SNW, April 12-15, 2010, at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.

SNW’s “Best Practices” Awards Program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of IT management and storage technology in the following categories:
  • Best practices in green computing, energy efficiency and the data center
  • Best practices in planning, designing and building a next-generation storage and server infrastructure
  • Best practices in storage resiliency, data protection and recovery
  • Best practices in technology innovation and promise
  • Best practices in virtualization and cloud computing

“Data and storage networking initiatives are more challenging and crucial than ever before and are still one of the most important pillars of the IT infrastructure,” said Ellen Daly, senior vice president, events, IDG Enterprise. “The organizations and professionals judged to be winners in SNW’s Spring 2010 ‘Best Practices’ Awards Program have not only met these challenges but are the best of the best when it comes to deploying the most strategic applications and using it to their advantage.”

Earth Rangers, an innovative nonprofit organization dedicated to educating children about critical environmental issues, needed to implement the latest virtualization technologies for its new data center in its building, which has a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold designation. Earth Rangers deployed a virtualized infrastructure and continuous data protection solution using VMware vSphere and FalconStor CDP. The virtual server infrastructure eliminated 90 percent of the hardware of a conventional server deployment.

“Using virtualization and data protection, we were able to create an energy-efficient data center that saves more than 111,000 kilowatt hours a year or the equivalent of more than 26 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually,” said Rob DiStefano, IT manager for Earth Rangers. “The FalconStor CDP solution eliminates the need for tape-based backup for an indirect positive impact on the environment, since we’re no longer burning fossil fuel to truck copies of data on tape to a remote location.”

“Earth Ranger’s virtualization and data protection deployment demonstrates the company’s commitment to educating the industry on the use of green technologies through its own example,” said Fadi Albatal, vice president of marketing at FalconStor. “FalconStor is committed to assisting Earth Rangers and other customers in finding the right data protection solution that meets all criteria for individual data centers. In Earth Ranger’s case, FalconStor CDP helps reduce carbon emissions into the environment.”

SNW’s Spring 2010 "Best Practices" Awards Program is sponsored by Oracle.

About Computerworld

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Computerworld's conferences, with their focus on technologies and solutions, provide a rare opportunity for attendees to gain insight into the way user companies execute their strategies in the enterprise. Whether it's the prestigious Computerworld Honors Program, Computerworld's exclusive Premier 100 IT Leaders Conference or vertical industry events such as SNW, Business Intelligence & Analytics Perspectives, or SaaScon, Computerworld's conferences provide the best environment for idea exchange among IT executives and IT solutions providers.

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About IDG Enterprise

IDG Enterprise, an International Data Group (IDG) company, brings together unique editorial brands (CIO, Computerworld, CSO, DEMO, InfoWorld, IT World, Network World and The Industry Standard) to serve the information needs of our technology and security-focused audiences. As a digital-centric media company we serve our reader and advertiser audiences with award-winning content and community, driving conversation and conversion, across our entire portfolio of awarding-winning, websites, events, magazines, products and services. In addition, the CIO Executive Council, a peer advisory service, brings together the nation’s top CIOs, as well as provides community and leadership development tools for their staffs. Company information is available at www.idgenterprise.com.

About the SNIA

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is a not-for-profit global organization, made up of some 400 member companies spanning virtually the entire storage industry. SNIA's mission is to lead the storage industry worldwide in developing and promoting standards, technologies, and educational services to empower organizations in the management of information. To this end, the SNIA is uniquely committed to delivering standards, education, and services that will propel open storage networking solutions into the broader market. For additional information, visit the SNIA Web site at www.snia.org.

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 trademarks 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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