Falconstor FreeStor pricing

Falconstor recently released a pay-on-use model for its software-defined storage products. Dubbed “FreeStor”, it has an Intelligent Abstraction core that allows data in all of its forms to migrate across all platforms by optimizing the storage resources into a storage resource pool that can be provisioned to physical or virtual applications. It also virtualizes almost any storage environment – modern or legacy, virtual or physical; this would be a serious plus for IT departments looking to utilize new solutions such as flash, software-defined storage, and the cloud while still being able to use their existing solutions. Data can be moved non-disruptively from any location to another.

FreeStor benefits:

Simplifying traffic to, from, and across the cloud – FreeStor’s converged data management services provide an efficient way to move, synchronize, and protect data between organizations’ current on premise IT infrastructures and private, hosted, or hybrid clouds

Modernize legacy infrastructure without rip and replace – new, simple cost-effective tools work seamlessly on and across most platforms and data types while leveraging and modernizing existing hardware to further help organizations break the chains of restrictive vendor lock-in, vendor specific tools, and vendor-dictated business models

Always-on business continuity – improved, enhanced local, active-active, or multi-site high availability ensures files, applications, systems, and even entire sites are consistently available

Predictable, simple, flexible pricing with no surprises – all data management services are provided in an annual subscription-based price-per-terabyte model with 24 x 7 support and software upgrades
Availability and pricing

FreeStor is available today through limited distribution through certain geographies and will be globally available on June 3, 2015. FreeStor is a subscription based price-per-terabyte including 24×7 support, basic installation, and any software upgrades. Starting price is $.03/GB per month or $350/TB per year.

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Falconstor adds inline dedupe to VTL

Organizations that back up their data using FalconStor Software’s virtual tape library (VTL) can now deduplicate their data as the backup is executing, thanks to newly introduced support for inline deduplication with FalconStor VTL 7.5.

FalconStor VTL is a backup and recovery solution that it sells either as a pre-configured appliance (or a cluster of appliances), or as software that customers install on their own X86 servers. By backing up to disk instead of tape, the VTL offering helps speed its customers’ backups and also provides more flexibility. The product supports the Power Systems server and IBM i environments, including the capability to IPL an IBM i server from a virtual tape image.

The biggest new feature in FalconStor VTL 7.5 is the addition of support for inline data deduplication. This bolsters FalconStor’s previous support for other dedupe options, including concurrent and post-processing. FalconStor boasts that, with three dedupe options, it now has more dedupe options than other vendors and can better match the use of dedupe technology with customer needs.

The Melville, New York, company shared some backup benchmark figures as well. The company says that, when configured in a four-node cluster configuration, FalconStor VTL 7.5 could backup 28 TB per hour using inline deduplication, and more than 40 TB per hour with post processing.

FalconStor VTL 7.5 also bolsters its support for Symantec’s Open Storage Technology (OST) file format. The vendor says that, with support for the OST.Next format, its VTL can store up to 2 million backups in an eight-node cluster, thereby making years of data immediately available when needed.

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