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M6 Programs FalconStor for Centralised Storage and Business Continuity

  • 29 November, 2004 13:08

<p>Leading European Television Network Selects IPStor for Consolidated Storage Management, High Data Availability, and Increased Storage Efficiency</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia – November 23, 2004 - FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC), a leading developer of network storage infrastructure software solutions, today announced that M6, Europe's advanced television network, implemented FalconStor's IPStor® Enterprise Edition software to optimise storage management costs, increase data availability, and maximise storage efficiency by centralising administration of its storage resources.</p>
<p>Transitioning M6's storage environment from direct-attached storage to a storage area network during deployment of IPStor led to significant improvements in the backup process, and enabled storage administration to be achieved from a centralised location. IPStor is aggregating and provisioning storage resources as block-based storage over a Fibre Channel SAN, optimising the television network's usage of available storage capacity.</p>
<p>"Our storage needs grew in tandem with our television network, and management of our DAS environment became challenging and a strain on our IT resources," said Frédéric Mai, IT manager at M6. "We were searching for a solution to combine our disparate storage resources, to provision storage capacity according to actual needs, and to provide high data availability for our application databases. IPStor has enormously relieved the burden on our IT administrators while minimising downtime for major systems critical to our operations."</p>
<p>At M6, IPStor servers are configured in an active-active failover mode at the primary data centre for high availability, with DynaPath® agents to further ensure data availability by creating parallel active storage paths that transparently reroute server traffic without interruption, in the event of a storage network problem. Other IPStor storage services utilised by M6 include storage consolidation, aggregating and provisioning, and TimeMark®, to ensure transactional integrity and point-in-time consistency of the company's Sybase, Oracle, and SQL applications during data replication.</p>
<p>"Resilient, scalable, and flexible storage infrastructures are indispensable for media outlets such as M6 to protect their high-volume, data-intense operations," said Vincent Pajot, regional sales director for FalconStor. "Their choice of IPStor for high performance and protection of their databases is a strong indication of FalconStor's abilities to serve the television industry."</p>
<p>IPStor software delivers an intelligent SAN/NAS infrastructure across heterogeneous environments by providing a comprehensive set of storage services for enterprise applications - simplifying management, ensuring data availability and recoverability, and optimising I/O performance.</p>
<p>About M6</p>
<p>M6 is Europe's most advanced network, and its audience appeal has made it the second most heavily invested media network in France since 1998. M6 is the network that has gained the largest slice of the advertising market since 2000. For more information, visit www.m6.fr.</p>
<p>About FalconStor</p>
<p>FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC) is a leading developer of network storage software designed to optimise the storage, protection and availability of enterprise data. FalconStor's flagship product, IPStor, enables corporate IT to deploy a hardware-agnostic, network-centric foundation to maximise operating efficiency and business continuity, and to meet the availability requirements of mission-critical applications. IPStor-powered network storage solutions are available and supported by major OEMs, as well as system integrators and resellers worldwide.</p>
<p>Founded in 2000, FalconStor is headquartered in Melville, NY, with offices throughout Europe and the Asia Pacific regions including Paris, Tokyo and Taiwan. FalconStor is an active member of the Technical Support Alliance Network (TSANet), Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). For more information, visit www.falconstor.com</p>
<p>This press release includes forward-looking statements that involve risk and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include: delays in product development; market acceptance of FalconStor's products and services; technological change in the storage and networking industries; competition in the storage networking software market; the potential failure of FalconStor's OEM partners to introduce or to market products incorporating FalconStor's products; intellectual property issues; and other risk factors discussed in FalconStor's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.</p>
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<p>FalconStor, IPStor, TimeMark and DynaPath are trademarks or registered trademarks of FalconStor Software, Inc. All other company and product names contained herein may be trademarks of the respective holders.</p>
<p>Media Contacts:</p>
<p>Rob Stirling
Markom Marketing
+61 2 9977 8922
robstirling@markom.com.au</p>
<p>Joel Norton
FalconStor Software
+61 2 8912 2153
joel.norton@falconstor.com</p>

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