While how much and how quickly data can be stored and accessed will always be the primary attributes of a storage system, another set of attributes is starting to become more important. Whether it’s for backup and recovery or to copy data between applications, IT organizations are increasingly looking for storage systems that make it easier to move data between storage systems.
With that goal in mind, FalconStor Software today unveiled enhanced versions of its Network Storage Server (NSS) and Continuous Data Protector (CDP) data protection offerings that make it easier to move and analyze data with VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V environments without adding any additional burden on the production server.
According to Ralph Wynn, technical director for product marketing for FalconStor, this capability is not only critical for backup and recovery applications, it gives IT organizations a much simpler way to move data in and out of different cloud computing environments. While cloud service providers are happy to ingest data, Wynn says they don’t make it easy to move data from one cloud environment to another. Wynn says the FalconStor NSS and CDP offerings make it simpler to not only move data into the cloud, but also back.
As the number of applications looking to access the same data continues to grow across the enterprise, Wynn says IT organizations of all sizes need more granular control over what data is stored and copied across multiple storage systems. The RecoverTrac replication technology developed by FalconStor, says Wynn, even allows IT organizations to replicate multiple types of data, each with its own encryption format.
There is obviously more pressure than ever these days on storage systems. As such, they all need to meet some basic capacity and performance requirements. But once those are met, the next most important criteria is how much easier they make the lives of the people who have to manage storage. After all, data, no matter how big it is, doesn’t much matter if it’s simply too difficult to give anybody access to it in a timely manner.
FalconStor, of course, has had more than its fair share of management issues over the past few years. But with more emphasis than ever being placed on data management, the company is betting that a comeback will start with making it easier to not only store data, but actually manage it.