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March 1, 2010

FalconStor, Voilin Memory to offer flash memory-based storage system

Claim to enhance reads and writes of applications, and general SAN performance

By CBR Staff Writer

FalconStor Software, provider of open data protection offerings and Violin Memory, a provider of memory appliances, have unveiled flash memory-based storage system that accelerates reads and writes for mission-critical applications as well as general SAN performance.

The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator doubles SAN performance, delivering high-speed access to stored data with minimal latency at a fraction of the cost of conventional offerings, the companies claim.

According to FalconStor, the NSS SAN Accelerator combines FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) Gateway, a Violin 1010 Flash Memory Appliance and FalconStor’s storage management software to create a virtual SAN out of new or existing storage resources while introducing a solid-state memory array as a caching platform for application data requiring the fastest input/output (I/O).

The NSS SAN Accelerator speeds up both writes and reads with two capabilities of FalconStor storage management software, SafeCache and HotZone features. The SafeCache capability allows a segment of the solid-state memory array to be devoted to application writes so that all disk writes can be received and acknowledged with low latency.

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The HotZone capability accelerates the read process of specific applications, including random-access databases, and general SAN I/O by monitoring disk access patterns and then copying the hot data to a HotZone cache on the solid-state memory array for faster read access, the company said.

The Violin 1010 is a 4TB flash appliance that provides performance with sub-100uS deterministic latency and serviceability (including automatic active sparing and hot swap of flash modules).

Fadi Albatal, vice president of marketing for FalconStor, said: “There are no other solutions on the market today that can yield as much performance enhancement out of a modest investment in a solid-state tier of a virtualized SAN.

“FalconStor’s innovative storage management software intelligently and predictably accelerates reads and writes to the SAN on a global basis and is not exclusive to an application or a specific storage segment.”

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