Managing data across a variety of storage environments may be about to get a little easier, thanks to FalconStor’s introduction of its new horizontal data services platform. Dubbed FreeStor, the new platform is designed for enterprises that need migration, continuity, protection, recovery and optimization services that can work across multiple environments including arrays, servers, hypervisors, data centers and the cloud.
The Melville, New York-based company said FreeStor represents the first truly horizontal, software-defined storage platform for unified data services.
“While virtualization has streamlined some common tasks associated with managing data resources, the introduction of a virtualization layer brings a whole new level of complexity to the protection, recovery and integration of both virtual and non-virtualized resources,” the company said.
The Intelligent Abstraction Core
FreeStor also represents the introduction of FalconStor’s Intelligent Abstraction core, which provides a scalable storage hypervisor coupled with a data services engine and automation in order to ease the provisioning and management of storage resources. The Intelligent Abstraction core optimizes storage resources regardless of type, connectivity, brand or speed into a storage resource pool that can be provisioned to physical or virtual applications, along with common, unified data services.
According to the company, FreeStor eliminates the complexity and incompatibilities of point solutions along with the time involved in managing disparate underlying storage. Data, meanwhile, can be moved without disruption from any location to any other location, and management is centralized for simplicity and ease of use.
“IT organizations must deal with data services such as migration, continuity, recovery, efficiency and optimization with a vertical integration view,” said Phil Goodwin, research director at IDC. That view tends to add layers and complexity to the system, Goodwin said.
“FalconStor is aiming to simplify data services by horizontally integrating each of these into a single, converged platform that allows storage administrators to use the services and capacity they need when they need it,” he added.
Simplifying Data Management
FalconStor said it aims to provide enterprises with an easier way of moving, synchronizing, and protecting data between a company’s on-premise IT infrastructure and private, hosted or hybrid clouds. It is also seeking to help organizations modernize legacy infrastructure without having to install new hardware or replace existing equipment.
“With the amount of data captured and stored in today’s disparate infrastructures, simplifying data management is more crucial now than ever,” said Gary Quinn, president and chief executive officer for FalconStor. “With old storage technology ineffective for today’s enterprises and storage options that are inadequate for today’s data itself, we are pleased to offer breakthrough technology inspired by the advancement of our Intelligent Abstraction core.
As a result, FalconStor said that FreeStor is well-suited for organizations using legacy technology and wanting to move to newer technologies, such as flash, or looking to leverage private or hybrid clouds; managed-service providers looking to move data into their cloud and provide common data management services; or OEMs wanting to provide a full, robust set of data management services.
FreeStor will be available for purchase in May.