IDG Research, FalconStor Find Deduplication Technologies Drive Data Center Optimization

IDG Research, FalconStor Find Deduplication Technologies Drive Data Center
Optimization

Survey Highlights Growing Market for and Proven Benefits of Deduplication in
Production Environments

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 3, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FalconStor Software, Inc.
(Nasdaq:FALC), a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced
the results of IDG Research Services' quick poll, "Backup Technologies; the
Tale of the Tape." The independent survey shows that deduplication has entered
the mainstream and is effectively addressing the backup and data storage
issues caused by exponential data growth. Large enterprises are leading the
way – with mid-size companies and small businesses not far behind – in
deploying and reporting significant benefits of the technology, including
faster backups, quicker recovery, more efficient data management and lower
operating costs.

Through its online poll, IDG Research collected information from 215 qualified
IT leaders at large, medium and small companies across various industries
regarding their use of backup and deduplication technologies. Key survey
findings include:

  *Fifty-nine percent of all respondents either have a deduplication solution
    in place (43 percent) or plan to implement one (16 percent).
  *An aggregated 52 percent of large enterprises, 32 percent of mid-size
    companies and 28 percent of SMBs currently have a deduplication solution
    in place.
  *An aggregated 60 to 70 percent of respondents already have achieved or
    expect to realize faster backups, quicker recovery and improved efficiency
    with deduplication.
  *Forty percent of all respondents, regardless of company size, retain
    backup data for more than three years.

"The escalating growth of digital information over the last decade, which has
severely stressed traditional methods of data protection and storage, will
continue unabated for the foreseeable future. Migrating to new technologies
such as deduplication for optimizing backup and storage has become an
essential priority for data center managers everywhere," said Janet King,
general manager and vice president of IDG Research Services. "This survey
shows that deduplication has been deployed and tested by a wide range of
midsize to large enterprises, demonstrating its benefits to the rest of the
market and accelerating adoption of the technology."

The survey data also revealed that an aggregated 59 percent of companies
polled are using a combination of disk-based backup and tape storage; and an
aggregated 39 percent are using disk-based backup with deduplication. Tape
continues to be a cost-effective medium for data archiving, especially as
businesses are required to retain records for longer periods of time, while
disk-based systems are deployed for faster backup and recovery. Deduplication
increases the efficiency of both disk and tape, optimizing the management of
both short- and long-term storage.

"Because of the increasing amount of data that must be protected and available
for immediate recovery, companies need to be smarter about the way they
backup, archive and store data," said Darrell Riddle, senior director of
product marketing at FalconStor. "Storage resources are taxed by excessive
amounts of duplicate data, which costs companies money. FalconStor's
deduplication technology not only reduces the amount of data stored or sent
over a network, it dramatically increases operational efficiency and lowers
the cost of doing business. With cloud-based storage becoming more prevalent,
businesses will be transmitting an exponentially increasing amount of
duplicate data over the wire – we want to stop that madness."

The FalconStor^® Virtual Tape Library (VTL) solution, one of the industry's
fastest and most flexible disk-based backup and deduplication systems, is
widely used by enterprises to optimize data backup, recovery, and storage. The
FalconStor VTL solution provides customers the flexibility to optimize backup
for speed and efficiency by tailoring deduplication processes to the needs of
their environment. The system offers an array of deduplication options,
including inline, concurrent, post-processing or no deduplication – and the
flexibility to deploy them in multiple configurations to match types of data
and available storage.

Study demographics

IDG Research polled 215 qualified IT leaders in various industries regarding
the current and future use of backup and deduplication technologies. At the
time of the survey 33 percent of these individuals worked at firms with more
than 5,000 employees; 24 percent had between 1,001 and 5,000 employees; 35
percent had between 101 and 1,000 employees; and eight percent had between 50
and 100 employees.

Additional resources:

  *InfoWorld QuickPulse data backup report and survey data
  *Download the white paper:How Deduplication Works
  *View the infographic: Confronting Backup Challenges with Deduplication·
     

About FalconStor Software

FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq:FALC) is a market leader in disk-based data
protection. The company's mission is to transform traditional backup and
disaster recovery into next-generation service-oriented data protection. Built
upon an award-winning platform, FalconStor solutions deliver disk-based
backup, continuous data protection, WAN-optimized replication and disaster
recovery automation. FalconStor solutions are available through a worldwide
network of partners, including solution providers, top-tier strategic partners
and major OEMs. Thousands of customers worldwide, from small businesses to
Fortune 100 enterprises, entrust their data to FalconStor solutions.
FalconStor maintains headquarters in Melville, N.Y., and offices throughout
Europe and the Asia Pacific region. For more information, visit
www.falconstor.com or call 1-866-NOW-FALC (866-669-3252).

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CONTACT: Roman Kichorowsky
         FalconStor Software, Inc.
         631-773-4303
         roman.kichorowsky@falconstor.com
        
         Kathryn Ghita
         Metis Communications
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         falconstor@metiscomm.com

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