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3PAR and FalconStor Announce Industry’s First Utility Virtual Tape Library

  • 11 January, 2006 14:26

<p>Companies Also Announce Technical Alliance</p>
<p>FREMONT, CA, AND MELVILLE, N.Y., January 10, 2005—3PAR®, the leading provider of Utility Storage, and FalconStor® Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), a leading developer of network storage software, today announced Utility Virtual Tape Library (VTL), the industry’s first utility-class virtual tape library solution. Utility VTL allows customers to scale and consolidate all of their online, nearline and VTL application data onto a single platform while delivering appropriate service levels and maximizing cost-effectiveness for each tier. The plug-and-play FalconStor VTL solution, coupled with simple, massively scalable, and fully-tiered Utility Storage from 3PAR, delivers a powerful and efficient combination. The companies also announced a technical alliance to ensure that rigorous interoperability and availability tests are conducted between the 3PAR InServ® Storage Server and FalconStor VTL.</p>
<p>"FalconStor's VirtualTape Library maximizes the higher performance provided by disk-based storage technology over tape,” said Mike Karp, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates. “Using 3PAR's Utility Storage as the underlying disk media, Utility VTL allows customers to manage all their storage tiers, including VTL, within a single fully-tiered environment. The combined high performance, simple installation and easy management makes for a highly efficient storage operation."</p>
<p>With Utility VTL, customers avoid the costs and complexity of managing and scaling multiple distinct systems--each with unique price/performance attributes--to meet their broad application data service levels, including VTL. Utility VTL is simple, efficient and scalable, and offers unique advantages that are ideal for today’s utility computing environments:</p>
<p>Simple – Self-managing Utility Storage with easy-to-deploy FalconStor VTL mean easy access to and administration of a consolidated, VTL-inclusive environment.</p>
<p>Efficient – FalconStor VTL, in connection with high performance Utility Storage, provides the smallest possible backup windows and fastest restoration periods, and extends existing tape library resources across growing enterprise data.</p>
<p>Scalable – Fully tiered, highly scalable Utility Storage yields the fewest possible devices and maximum cost optimization over time.</p>
<p>“Customers quickly recognize that they can enjoy tremendous cost benefits by consolidating with 3PAR Utility Storage,” said David Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of 3PAR. “As a result, they are seeking to implement additional storage initiatives such as virtual tape library on this powerful platform. Our relationship with FalconStor allows our joint customers to extend Utility Storage to achieve additional disk-based data protection.”</p>
<p>“FalconStor VTL has been widely accepted in the industry, as it allows for high-speed backup and restore,” said ReiJane Huai, Chairman and CEO of FalconStor Software. “The FalconStor and 3PAR solution enables our joint customers to simply and efficiently consolidate their virtual tape backups onto a single, scalable, tiered-storage platform.”</p>
<p>The 3PAR and FalconStor alliance includes a cooperative support agreement to ensure that customers can confidently deploy the combined products for their demanding data center and utility computing initiatives. The alliance also includes a joint marketing agreement that enables 3PAR and FalconStor to cooperatively educate customers on the numerous benefits of Utility VTL.</p>
<p>The certified 3PAR-FalconStor joint offering will be available in the first quarter of 2006 from the respective companies and their channel partners worldwide.</p>
<p>About 3PAR</p>
<p>3PAR is the leading provider of Utility Storage, a simple, efficient and scalable tiered-storage array for utility computing that lets customers serve more with less. 3PAR Utility Storage can cut an organization’s Total Cost of Data by 50%. Capacity purchases and related costs can be cut by 75% while storage administration and associated expenses can be reduced by 90%. 3PAR Utility Storage is ideal for open systems storage consolidation, integrated data lifecycle management and performance-intensive applications. Well positioned with key strategic investors including Oracle, Sun, and VERITAS, 3PAR has been operating successfully for the past six years.</p>
<p>3PAR is based in Fremont, California, and has offices in London, UK and Tokyo, Japan. The company’s corporate headquarters are located at 4209 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538. Phone: 510-413-5999, fax: 510-354-3070, email: salesinfo@3pardata.com, Web site: http://www.3par.com.</p>
<p>About FalconStor</p>
<p>FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC) is a leading developer of innovative network storage software that optimizes the protection and availability of enterprise and SMB data and applications, ensuring nonstop business productivity while simplifying storage management and backup to reduce operational costs. FalconStor’s award-winning solutions—IPStor® Enterprise Edition, VirtualTape Library, and iSCSI Storage Server—are available from major OEMs, system integrators, and resellers, and are deployed worldwide by governments, educational institutions, and Fortune 1000 enterprises across industries including aerospace, energy production, financial services, healthcare, law, manufacturing, and telecommunications.</p>
<p>FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, NY, with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific regions including Paris, Tokyo and Taiwan. FalconStor is an active member of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). For more information, visit www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).</p>
<p>This press release includes forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include: delays in product development; market acceptance of FalconStor’s products and services; technological change in the storage and networking industries; competition in the network storage software market; the potential failure of FalconStor’s OEM partners to introduce or to market products incorporating FalconStor’s products; intellectual property issues; and other risk factors discussed in FalconStor’s reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.</p>
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<p>© 2005 3PARdata, Inc. All rights reserved. 3PAR, the 3PAR logo, Serving Information, InServ, InForm, and InSpire are all registered trademarks of 3PARdata, Inc.</p>
<p>FalconStor and IPStor are registered trademarks of FalconStor Software, Inc. All other company and product names contained herein are trademarks of the respective holders.</p>
<p>Media Contacts:
Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922
rob_stirling@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Steve Bragg
FalconStor Software
+61 2 9955 8326
steven.bragg@falconstor.com</p>

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