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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