Data storage giant bolsters VMWare support

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FalconStor Accelerator for VMware View boosts performance and data protection

ECMPlus – by Paul Quigley — Data storage specialist FalconStor’s new Network Storage Server SAN Accelerator for VMWare View now touts an SSD-enhanced storage solution that increases the performance of VMware virtual desktop environments while delivering integrated, multi-tier data protection.

According to the company, NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View can be used for performs backup and recovery for the entire virtual desktop environment and for each virtual desktop – and enables integrated self-service file recovery for individual virtual desktop users.

VMware View promises efficiencies in the deployment and management of enterprise users’ desktop and laptop computers. Virtual desktop operation and management can be enhanced by storage capabilities to maximize performance, availability and efficiency. FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View dramatically enhances the efficiency of virtual desktop management throughout the virtual desktop lifecycle – accelerating virtual desktop booting, login, operation, logoff, patch/update and security management through 10x storage performance improvement.

“Virtualization in general and virtualization of desktops in particular have amplified I/O unpredictably as read/write I/O storms occur frequently without warning; the only solution to date has been to add more disk drives,” said David Vellante, chief research advocate, Wikibon. “Wikibon has been emphasizing the requirement for different architectures to exploit the potential of flash to improve I/O performance. We are very pleased with the innovation that FalconStor has shown with its flash-on- storage-controller implementation, which is much more efficient for VDI than SSDs. The FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator neatly exploits the VMware I/O separation improvements to offer a solution that combines low-cost SATA with 2 to 3 percent high-performance flash as a cache that can adapt in real-time.  Wikibon believes this is a best-of-breed solution for high-performance workloads.” 

“The rapidly adopted paradigm shift of virtual servers and desktops ushered in by VMware’s innovation has created the need for storage environments with integrated data protection designed for the new virtual data center,” said Jim McNiel, chief strategy officer for FalconStor. “Virtual environments not only demand flexible, scalable virtual storage environments, but also require backup and DR systems that work with the unique characteristics of virtual machines. We designed the FalconStor NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View(tm) to deliver the kind of storage environment that virtual desktops require – improving performance and data protection in one elegant solution.”

FalconStor;s NSS SAN Accelerator for VMware View is available now and costs $175k for an implementation of up to 5,000 users at $35 per virtual desktop.

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