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FalconStor Announces `Tape Library Accelerator Appliance' to Enhance the Performance and Security of Industry Standard Tape Library

  • 04 November, 2005 10:51

<p>FalconStor Accelerator Appliance Transparently Boosts the Performance and Security of Backup/Recovery by Caching and Encrypting Physical Tape Cartridges</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – November 4, 2005- FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC - News), a leading provider of VirtualTape Library (VTL) software, today announced a "Tape Library Accelerator Appliance" plug-and-play solution, based on the company's award-wining VTL solution, to enhance the performance and security of third party tape libraries with industry standard interfaces such as SCSI or Fibre Channel.</p>
<p>The Tape Library Accelerator Appliance allows users to conveniently deploy backup acceleration and data encryption services in the backup environment without changing the configuration of their physical tape library or third party backup software. The appliance utilises disk to enhance a daily backup's performance and reliability, encrypt the physical tape cartridge in the background without impacting backup speed, and provision additional virtual tape drives to the backup host to accommodate additional or concurrent backup/restore sessions.</p>
<p>The appliance's unique, built-in key management facility allows users to define a flexible policy to encrypt physical tape cartridges, based on the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). Password-protected encryption keys can be securely exported and kept in the vault or DR centre to facilitate disaster recovery.</p>
<p>"FalconStor is a leader and innovator in data protection with its VTL and remote mirroring solutions," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). "We are seeing disk-based systems becoming a requisite part of the backup process integrated with tape. FalconStor has taken this one step further adding fundamental value of performance and security through tape caching and encryption technology."</p>
<p>Unencrypted backup tapes can be a big security risk to businesses. Reluctance to encrypt physical tapes at the backup server may be due to concern of a major time penalty to backup operations. FalconStor's approach to key management and encryption is accomplished on the turnkey appliance, and not on the production system, delivering the security benefits of strong encryption by producing securely encrypted physical tapes for storage and transport, and preventing backup performance degradation while not eating into the backup window.
To read the complete release, including the Safe Harbour agreement, visit</p>
<p>Media Contacts:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922</p>
<p>Joel Norton
FalconStor Software
+61 2 8912 2153</p>

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