Network Storage Server (NSS) by FalconStor – Highly Available Virtualized Storage for Virtual and Physical Servers
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FalconStor NSS virtualizes storage to enable business continuity
The FalconStor® Network Storage Server (NSS) is a scalable, highly available solution that enables storage virtualization and business continuity in heterogeneous environments. Supporting existing third-party disk arrays, FalconStor NSS eliminates storage boundaries and vendor lock-in, providing fast and easy data provisioning, mirroring, migration, snapshots, and WAN-optimized replication. With integrated support for Fibre Channel (FC), iSCSI, and FCoE protocols, FalconStor NSS provides the benefits of storage virtualization across any IT environment or budget.
- Optimize I/O performance: READ, WRITE, and replication
- Automated disaster recovery (DR) via RecoverTrac™ technology
- Migrate and move data across storage platforms without downtime
Performance and specifications
FalconStor NSS lets you consolidate and tier disk assets. Through advanced services such as thin provisioning, FalconStor NSS maximizes resource utilization to help you get the most ROI from storage investments. With thin provisioning, physical capacity is automatically allocated only when needed. This can be applied to primary storage, replica storage, and mirrored storage.
FalconStor NSS benefits VMware environments
FalconStor NSS integrates with and enhances VMware technologies such as VMware vSphere, VMware View, and VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager. Support of VMware vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI) extends VMware integration into any storage environment and optimizes VMware deployments with comprehensive, flexible storage virtualization and dat protection functionality. Preconfigured FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliances enable iSCSI SAN services on the direct-attached storage (DAS) resources of VMware ESX Server for affordable, advanced data protection.
- Certified for VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
- Heterogeneous support lets you use SANs of different vendors, reducing
VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager deployment constraints and cost
- Enable advanced VMware features such as vMotion, High Availability, and
Distributed Resource Scheduler
- VMware VAAI support enables storage vMotion and data mobility across
different storage protocols and vendor arrays.
Flexible deployment options
FalconStor NSS provides enterprise-level storage virtualization technology for organizations of all sizes. It is available in the form of storage appliances, gateway appliances that virtualize existing storage, and small-footprint virtual appliances for VMware environments, as well as HA appliances. In addition, solid-state drive (SSD) models offer storage area network (SAN) acceleration.
- FalconStor NSS Virtual Appliance: for ROBO environments leveraging VMware technology
- FalconStor NSS Appliances: all-in-one appliances for SMB and ROBO environments
- FalconStor NSS VS Series Appliances: HA appliances for the midmarket
- FalconStor NSS Gateway Appliances: integrate with existing third-party storage of midmarket and enterprise organizations
Supports networked storage over iSCSI, FC, and/or FCoE protocols. Works in both physical and virtual server environments. Supports major enterprise operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, Netware, and Macintosh.
Automated DR with RecoverTrac™ Technology
RecoverTrac technology automates the complex tasks of recovering both data and IT business operations. RecoverTrac technology supports physical and virtual servers, any
type of storage or networking, and physical-to-virtual (P2V) recovery. Additionally, the RecoverTrac tool enables non-disruptive testing of recovery jobs.
Data can be mirrored within or across disk arrays for business continuity or READ I/O improvement. Alternate-READ Mirror volumes mitigate READ I/O contention for
mission-critical business applications, improving performance.
Complete Data Mobility
Move data across any set of arrays in your SAN without any impact to application processing. This supports many uses, such as technology refresh, migration due to equipment end-of-lease, or moving an application to a different class of storage. This simplifies some of the most time-consuming and ongoing storage management tasks.
FalconStor NSS accelerates I/O performance with solid-state (SSD) support. HotZone, a
READ-specific cache, and SafeCache, a WRITE-specific cache, accelerate intensive I/O operations. Designated cache capacity can be defined on memory, SSD, or fast disk capacity.
Maximizes disk utilization, reduces storage costs and power consumption.
Any-to-any Data Replication
Replicate data from any vendor’s primary storage environment to any other storage device. Use any disk and storage protocol that meets your price/performance
requirements without the vendor lock-in associated with array-based replication
tools. This allows you to replicate data from your production FC SAN to a stand-by iSCSI SAN, reducing DR site expansion costs.
MicroScan™ technology is a patented FalconStor disk scanning and compression technology reduces replication data traffic by as much as 95%. This lets you significantly
cut back on WAN capacity and monthly bandwidth costs while protecting more applications.
FalconStor NSS provides support for VMware Site Recovery Manager with any disk array found in the VMware Hardware Certification List. It also provides support for VMware
Site Recovery Manager-controlled replication across different disk arrays. VAAI support extends VMware integration across different storage arrays and protocol enabling complete data mobility between different vendor storage environments.
Windows 2008 and Hyper-V Support
Support for the latest Microsoft Windows virtualization solutions and Microsoft Windows
Server 2008 Failover Clustering provide instantaneous WAN-based disaster recovery in both physical server and Hyper-V virtual server environments.
Application-aware Snapshot Agents, including Microsoft Windows-certified agents, ensure 100% transactional integrity. Support is provided for major enterprise messaging and
database platforms, including Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SQL, Oracle, Lotus Notes/Domino, Sybase, Informix, DB2, GroupWise, Progress, and SAP. The FalconStor NSS solution supports clustering software, including Windows clustering and Oracle RAC.
Use snapshot images or replica volumes to quickly restart failed physical systems as virtual machines. A Central Client Manager lets you configure and monitor protected servers from a centralized, single point of view.
Large LUN Support
Supports individual LUNs up to 64TB in size, accommodating data growth and server
Accelerate Backup to Tape
Where tape is required, FalconStor NSS technology enables host-free, SAN-based backup
that eliminates the need for backup agents and imposes no impact on your production environment. Backup speed increases dramatically, by as much as 1000% (moving from a 1Gb LAN-based backup to a 10Gb SAN backup).
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