Traditional storage company FalconStor has launched FreeStor, a unified data services software defined storage platform. Taking the company's years of experience and applying it to modern infrastructures, FalconStor said, the FreeStor storage platform introduced a horizontal data services approach for migration, continuity, protection, recovery, and optimization in any storage environment.
The new software platform is a big deal for this 15-year-old New York company, as it has developed, from scratch, a software-defined process for accommodating modern IT environments with cloud and flash-enabled systems.
The unified platform attempts to bring together disparate enterprise storage assets and then orchestrate with an Abstraction core, which is a scalable storage hypervisor, coupled with a data services engine and automation. The company explained the benefit of this approach as giving the business the flexibility and choice of having the right storage technologies for their needs and allowing the FreeStor platform to be the intelligence that virtualizes, manages, and protects the data.
The software defined storage platform offers a single interface for managing storage with a single price based on managed capacity across arrays, servers, hypervisors, data centers, and the cloud.
"IT organizations must deal with data services such as migration, continuity, recovery, efficiency, and optimization with a vertical integration view – each aspect being something to stack on one another – which tends to add layers of complexity as well," Phil Goodwin, research director at IDC, said in a statement. "The FreeStor platform is designed to allow companies to simplify data migration, recovery, protection and deduplication without tying their business to specific hardware, networks or protocols."