FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), the provider of TOTALLY Open™ data protection solutions, and Bus-Tech, Inc., a leading supplier of Mainframe Virtual Tape Libraries today jointly announced the certified interoperability of FalconStor® File-interface Deduplication System (FDS) with Bus-Tech’s Mainframe Data Library (MDL). The combined solution of industry-leading deduplication technology and award-winning mainframe VTL technology provides mainframe data centers with the ability to minimize storage capacity, extend online data retention, decrease the need for physical tape and reduce bandwidth requirements. FalconStor FDS offers an easy-to-deploy, easy-to-manage, scalable data repository with deduplication to minimize storage capacity while extending online data retention for backup and archiving applications. Integrated data replication transmits only unique deduplicated and encrypted sub-block data and significantly reduces WAN requirements, while ensuring the data security needed for disaster recovery. Bus-Tech's MDL products are VTL controllers that attach directly to IBM mainframe FICON or ESCON input/output channels and use standard Gigabit Ethernet and write to FDS via an NFS interface. To the mainframe the MDL emulates 3480/3490/3590 tape drives; allowing mainframe-based applications to store tape data to FalconStor FDS by writing sequential files to disk as if they were standard tape devices. “The combined solution of MDL and FalconStor FDS allows customers the advantages of high-performance VTL sub-systems with the efficiencies of data deduplication,” stated Ralph Armstrong, vice president of product management for Bus-Tech. “The reduced storage footprint along with minimized bandwidth requirements for data vaulting make this a very attractive alternative to traditional tape environments for disaster recovery and business continuity needs.” Previously FalconStor and Bus-Tech announced an MDL gateway that treated the mainframe as a server writing tape data to the FalconStor ® Virtual Tape Library (VTL). Combined with today’s announcement, mainframe customers will now have the option to use the MDL/FalconStor FDS solution as a stand-alone mainframe virtual tape library or the MDL as a component to FalconStor VTL in a converged mainframe and open system backup process. "We are very excited to expand our collaboration with Bus-Tech, bringing this combined solution to our enterprise data center customers," said Fadi Albatal, vice president of marketing for FalconStor. "This new integration will allow us to seamlessly deliver disk-to-disk high performance deduplication solutions for mainframe customers to help them eliminate complex and aging tape systems and accelerate their recovery and replication processes."
The products are available immediately and can be purchased directly from Bus-Tech reseller partners.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 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 www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252). About Bus-Tech, Inc. Bus-Tech, Inc. was founded in 1987 as a leading provider of highly available mainframe data center solutions. In 2002, Bus-Tech introduced its virtual tape solutions for the mainframe, which have been deployed by over 250 customers in 17 countries around the world. Bus-Tech, Inc. is privately held with headquarters in Bedford, MA. For more information about Bus-Tech and its products, please visit the Bus-Tech web site at www.bustech.com, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 800-284-3172. 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.