Roundup: FalconStor, Cisco, World Wide Tech

FalconStor (FALC) updates product suite, Cisco (CSCO) will acquire AXIOSS software from Comptel UK subsidiary, World Wide Technology introduces mobile data center.

Here’s a roundup of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

FalconStor updates product suite.  FalconStor Software (FALC) announced a comprehensive upgrade of its suite of data protection solutions. Version 7  brings together the  FalconStor's product family and offers solutions for everything needed to optimize legacy backup systems, migrate to disk-based backup and disaster recovery and guarantee fast recovery of essential systems and applications. Enhancements made in version 7 include Virtual Tape Library, File-interface Deduplication System, Continuous Data Protector and Network Storage Server, which supports VMware vSphere and VMware VAAAI. "Legacy backup and recovery methods are severely challenged as the pressing demand for IT service availability is compounded by shrinking budgets and complexities caused by remote offices and mobile users," said Fadi Albatal, vice president of worldwide marketing for FalconStor.  "With V7, FalconStor’s data protection solutions have been optimized to deliver a holistic approach to backup and recovery that helps data centers of all sizes overcome obstacles to continuous service and data availability."

Cisco to acquire AXIOSS Software. Cisco (CSCO) announced its intent to acquire service fulfillment software from the UK subsidiary of parent company Comptel Corporation. "With the acquisition of AXIOSS software and talent, we will help enable service providers to generate greater profits using a single management architecture to drive quick monetization and optimization of their Cisco network investments," said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Network Management Technology Group at Cisco. The AXIOSS software suite will both strengthen Cisco's service provider management offering as well as add to Cisco Prime, enabling service providers to better manage their networks and network services. Cisco will pay approximately $31 million in cash for the acquisition.

World Wide Technology introduces mobile data center.  World Wide Technology (WWT) announced the launch of its FAST Mobile Data Center (MDC). The mobile, self-contained units feature integrated computing, storage, networking, power and cooling that offer a powerful, low-cost alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar data centers. The MDC is part of WWT’s Flexible, Adaptable, Solutions and Technology (FAST) portfolio that includes half-rack self-contained units, containerized solutions ranging from 10’ to 53’ and modular buildings. "We have taken mobility to another level with the introduction of the FAST MDC," said Chris Black, director, federal solutions engineering at World Wide Technology. "The autonomous units can be deployed quickly via truck, rail, air or sea and bring true mobility to fully functional and secure data centers." WWT's MDC will be on display at the LandWarNet Conference this week and the company will be at VMworld 2011 next week.

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