MELVILLE, N.Y., June 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:FALC), a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced that it has entered into a partnership with IBM through IBM's Indirect OEM (IOEM) program. Under the program, FalconStor ® Virtual Tape Library (VTL) with deduplication software will be integrated with IBM servers and storage to address the needs of IBM midmarket customers. The new FalconStor VTL IBM Series appliance will be integrated by Avnet Embedded (see related press release, " FalconStor Teams with Avnet Embedded to Create Global Supply Chain") and will be sold through FalconStor's channel as well as through IBM business partners who sign up with FalconStor. The new product will be available in North America initially and then throughout the rest of the world early next year. "In the six years we've been partners with FalconStor, our clients have had nothing but praise for the FalconStor VTL backup and deduplication solution. Many of them have been asking for an IBM-based appliance for some time," said Ken Scott, director of storage sales for Cima Solutions Group. "The FalconStor VTL IBM Series appliance addresses the needs of small to medium-size businesses for which IBM's ProtecTIER is much more than they need. With this new appliance, we can serve the IBM-based midmarket more effectively – shortening sales cycles and getting customers up and running faster." "ServIT has been selling FalconStor VTL software and appliances to meet the data protection needs of the midmarket with great success," said Craig Jacquez, business development director for ServIT. "The FalconStor VTL solution helps our customers migrate to disk-based backup and recovery, dramatically reduce the backup window and optimize tape for archiving – or eliminate tape altogether. Delivered on the IBM hardware platform, the new system expands our product offering and enhances our ability to give IBM customers exactly what they need."