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SILVER: FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) 6.0

It's nearly impossible to understate the popularity and importance of server virtualization today, and FalconStor Software Inc.'s Network Storage Server (NSS) 6.0 offers a variety of functionality designed to ease storage management in virtual server environments. NSS 6.0 is a software-based SAN solution that acts as a storage virtualization and replication gateway to storage arrays from any vendor, provisioning virtual disks to VMware ESX.

NSS 6.0 is the first software-based storage virtualization and replication gateway to be certified by VMware as a storage virtualization device (SVD), and it enables VMware Site Recovery Manager capability on any VMware-certified storage hardware. NSS 6.0 also supports Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering and Hyper-V virtual server environments.

The product offers integrated support for Fibre Channel (FC), iSCSI and InfiniBand, and allows users to manage virtualized and non-virtualized storage from a single console. It uses thin provisioning to improve storage resource allocation and capacity management.

NSS enables VMware Site Recovery Manager with any VMware-certified storage array platform, and works with heterogeneous storage hardware

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at the primary data center and the disaster recovery site, which could translate into significant savings for many users. NSS 6.0's Application Snapshot Director for VMware complements VMware Site Recovery Manager to ensure that active application data can be replicated to a remote disaster recovery site with full transactional integrity. Finally, FalconStor's MicroScan Thin Storage Replication technology optimizes WAN utilization for more efficient replication and faster failback operations.

Our judges rank NSS 6.0 highly for its breadth of functionality, as well as for its innovation and performance. FalconStor NSS 6.0 is available as software only or as a turnkey appliance. Pricing starts at $2,000.

This was first published in February 2009

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