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FalconStor shutters Australian office, merges Honkers and China ops

Troubled storage vendor FalconStor has closed its office in Australia and merged its Hong Kong and China operations. The Reg has confirmed a report in CRN about the closures, which took place in October as a cost-cutting and effort-focussing measure. The company is not abandoning the region altogether. Presences in Singapore, …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Nov 2013

FalconStor preens its feathers as turnaround gathers speed

Virtualisation outfit FalconStor is starting to move on the product front again, and is combining its VTL (Virtual tape library) and FDS dedupe product into a single offering, claiming 50 per cent cost-savings. The FDS (File-interface Deduplication System) offers post-processing and/or concurrent block-level deduplication with a …
Chris Mellor, 19 Feb 2014
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FalconStor flyaways Chen and the Liu Tan clan uncloak new biz

FalconStor exiles have started up a storage federating business called ProphetStor and aim to get OpenStack cloud providers federating legacy arrays and commodity servers into virtualised pools of block storage that cost far less than traditional arrays. The ex-falcons hoping to fly again are Eric Chen, ProphetStor's founder and …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013

FalconStor settles with feds for $6m

FalconStor has settled a two lawsuits regarding alleged improper customer payments by coughing up $5.8 million and signing up to a deferred prosecution agreement. There were two lawsuits: one from the SEC and the other from the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York (USAO). Each suit will see falconStor pay …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jun 2012
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SEC filing spills beans on Falconstor's breakup with ex-main man McNiel

A recent SEC filing has brought to light some of the details of the recent sudden departure of the CEO of standalone storage software shipper FalconStor - including the admonition that if the SEC didn't insist on the publication of the agreement, that neither party would tell all on, er, Twitter... The storage firm is living on …
Chris Mellor, 22 Jul 2013

FalconStor struggles on as antsy backers whine 'C'mon, let's sell'

After losing its CEO a few weeks ago, standalone storage software shipper FalconStor has duly reported poor results. Since then it has got into bed with a new VC to shore up its balance sheet, ended an investment banking deal with Wells Fargo, and teamed up with Violin Memory to develop new products. The interim president and …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013

FalconStor on 13th quarterly loss: 'Unpredictable' OEM dragged us down

FalconStor has blamed "unpredictable performance" from one of its biggest Chinese OEM partners for the dent in its first quarter revenues. It has now totted up 13 loss-making quarters - although last quarter saw a boost in revenues - and the storage virtualisation supplier's lot is not a happy one. The company is trudging uphill …
Chris Mellor, 01 May 2013
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FalconStor brings in bankers after ELEVEN crummy quarters

Struggling data protection and virtualisation SW vendor FalconStor recorded more losses for its third 2012 quarter and has appointed Wells Fargo to look at "strategic alternatives" for the company; code for a possible break-up or outright sale. Third quarter 2012 revenues were up 4 per cent sequentially at $17.1m, a 9 per cent …
Chris Mellor, 09 Nov 2012
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FalconStor honcho rejigs storage biz: OEMs - who needs them?

FalconStor CEO Jim McNiel is not quite a happy man, but he hopes to be one in a year or so. He is the president and CEO of a once phenomenally successful storage software start-up, and it's his task to restore the company's fortunes. McNiel, formerly Falconstor's strategy chief, came into his position when he replaced the …
Chris Mellor, 19 Oct 2012
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Dead FalconStor CEO 'was set to plead guilty'

Newsday is alleging that FalconStor CEO Reijane Huai was going to plead guilty to a multi-million dollar bribery scheme. Reijane Huai died on Monday in an apparent suicide – the day before he was due to face charges in a US District Court on 27 September at 11.30am. Newsday claims records show he was intending to plead guilty. …
Chris Mellor, 29 Sep 2011
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FalconStor accelerates dedupe, drives finances over a cliff

FalconStor is cranking out $19m to $20m revenues per quarter, punctuated by regular Q4 spikes, but continually makes losses. Why isn't it a healthy business making steady profits and growing? It is a storage software supplier selling a virtual tape library (VTL), continuous data protection and other products. Its co-founder …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2012
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FalconStor speeds VDI by playing Violin

FalconStor has tweaked its flash-accelerated NSS SAN Accelerator to make virtual desktop provisioning and protection faster. The SAN Accelerator involves FalconStor's NSS (Network Storage Server) running in an X86 server to use a Violin Memory flash cache to speed I/O to/from a SAN. The tweaked version has VMware virtual desktop …
Chris Mellor, 24 Aug 2010
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FalconStor wins HDS as VTL reseller

Hitachi Data Systems is going to resell FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL) software, with deduplication, integrated with its AMS 2000 mid-range storage arrays. HDS will also resell FalconStor's File-interface Deduplication System (FDS), integrated with the AMS boxes. FalconStor claims its VTL technology achieves single-node …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jun 2010
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FalconStor founder found dead

ReiJane Huai, the founder and ousted CEO of FalconStor, has been found dead after a suspected suicide. According to Newsday, Huai was taken in an injured state to North Shore University Hospital, in Manhasset, NY, on Monday morning and pronounced dead. The New York Post reported that Huai had shot himself in the chest on the …
Chris Mellor, 27 Sep 2011
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FalconStor loses its head

Storage software company FalconStor has lost ReiJane Huai, its co-founder, chairman, CEO and president, due to alleged improper payments. It looks as if he has been ousted. The improper payments relate to a single FalconStor customer. A company statement said that it had "fully cooperated with law enforcement authorities with …
Chris Mellor, 30 Sep 2010
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FalconStor pushes HyperFS out the door

FalconStor has announced its scale-out HyperFS file system, initially for the media and entertainment industries. It's a software product sold by FalconStor's channel and can use any storage hardware underneath it. The idea is that channel people can build their own systems for their customers, using their own media/ …
Chris Mellor, 13 Apr 2010

FalconStor may have morale problem

The Reg' has been told by reputable people familiar with FalconStor that staff are leaving and both morale and confidence in senior management is very low. FalconStor says nothing untoward is happening at all and that it's successfully refocussing the company towards increased sales of branded products through the channel. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Aug 2010
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FalconStor and Violin get cache in hand

FalconStor and Violin have come up with a flash-based SAN accelerator featuring a dedicated cache area to speed up writes. Take one Violin 1010 flash memory appliance (a PCI-connected solid state drive) and have it fitted to a server running FalconStor's Network Storage Server Gateway and storage management software - the …
Chris Mellor, 01 Mar 2010
Violin Market fit

Orchestral manoeuvres in the dark: Violin restrings its instrument

We can see the intended shape of Violin as it emerges fresh and shining from its refit, but we've yet to hear it played. What will be the next move of Violin's brand new CEO, Kevin DeNuccio? DeNuccio has been restringing Violin, cutting and restructuring the organisation's engineering and go-to-market, with more emphasis on …
Chris Mellor, 13 Mar 2014
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FalconStor's flying backup accelerator

IP storage software, deduplication and virtual tape library supplier FalconStor is introducing a backup accelerator for its VTL at SNW on 6 April. A VTL accelerates backup, because data streams from the host server's storage to the VTL at disk ingestion speed, instead of the slower tape ingestion speed. This reduces the backup …
Chris Mellor, 27 Mar 2009
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Jumping pack flash: Violin Memory's software CTO ducks out

Enterprise flash storage bigwig Violin Memory’s chief software technical officer Jonathan Goldick is now its ex-CTO. Not only does the company have to look for a replacement, it also has its hands full batting away sueballs from investors in the wake of a stock plunge on news of its $34m loss. They claim that they were not …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2013
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Storage company bribed bankers to win fat contracts - Feds

FalconStor bribed banking executives with gambling, golf, stock and gifts to get $12.2m of business. That's what led to the founder's ousting, fines and a deferred prosecution agreement. The US Department of Justice says: One JPMorgan Chase executive received 25,000 FalconStor stock options and 40,000 restricted FalconStor …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jul 2012
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Falconstor/Sun wins speediest dedupe race

The fastest deduplication on the planet is performed by an 8-node Sun cluster using Falconstor deduplication software, according to a vendor-neutral comparison. Backup expert W Curtis Preston has compared the deduplication performance of different vendors' products. He uses suppliers' own performance numbers and disregards multi …
Chris Mellor, 09 Mar 2009
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Nexsan and Falconstor outspin Data Domain

Power-saving storage array vendor Nexsan is teaming with FalconStor to build a Data Domain-beating deduplicating array. Nexsan offers storage using AutoMAID - Automatic Massive Array of Idle Disks - in which drives can be powered down through three increasing levels of power-saving, from a head park through slower rotation to …
Chris Mellor, 11 Aug 2009

Speaking in Tech: 'Wanna come upstairs and look at my VRTX?'

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise Another fine instalment of El Reg's all-encompassing tech podcast wings its way to loyal Reg readers (and listeners), hosted by Greg Knieriemen, Ed Saipetch and Sarah Vela. This week all three of the terrific trio are together for the first time in weeks! Technet's gone …
Team Register, 03 Jul 2013
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EMC, FalconStor extend VTL contract

EMC has extended its relationship with its virtual tape library (VTL) software partner FalconStor until 2013. The storage monster's manoeuvrings last year, however, may reveal how EMC put the squeeze on during negotiations. The news is given the standard release treatment by FalconStor, trotting out business development VP …
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New 64TiB Violin byte bucket is a load of Tosh: 19nm flash in a 3U box

Violin Memory has unveiled its highest capacity array, the 6264, that packs 64TiB of flash into a 3U box - and it uses 19nm MLC NAND chips from investor and manufacturer Toshiba. The new array can apparently hit 750,000 mixed read/write 4096-byte IOPS; the earlier 6232 (which stores 32TiB) does 500,000. In other respects the …
Chris Mellor, 13 Aug 2013
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Nekkid Tech: The Great Backup Industry SMACKDOWN

Last week, Greg Knieriemen turned the heat up on Marc Farley, StorageIO's Greg Schulz and the legendary StorageZilla. This time, Greg hosts special guest Jim McNiel, CEO of FalconStor Software (@jimmcniel), who gives us the skinny on the future of tape, back-up software lock-ins and cloudy convergence. This week we discuss: …
Team Register, 08 Feb 2012
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Can a new CEO pull Violin Memory out of its current slump?

Is flash array supplier Violin Memory a lost cause needing to look for a white knight acquisition or can it be repaired, see off the competition and return to profitability? Violin Memory is in a dreadful situation, making heavy and growing losses - $34m and counting - that dwarf its slower-growing revenues, and with impatient …
Chris Mellor, 07 Jan 2014
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DataCore orchestra tunes up for the Ninth SANsymphony

DataCore has pushed out its ninth SANsymphony release, which is orchestrated for the cloud, large data centre deployments, and storage-as-a-service. SANsymphony software runs in a PC or server and virtualises storage behind it into a thinly provisioned virtual pool. It competes with FalconStor software, IBM's SAN Volume …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2012
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Gartner magicians mumble, scrawl upstart's rune on disk pentacle

Duplicate file killer Actifio has been summoned by Gartner's sorcerers to appear in their magic quadrant of who's who in enterprise backup. The storage upstart sits alongside fellow startups and new entrant Veeam and reliable old number-two external storage supplier warhorse NetApp. Wait, NetApp? You'd think NetApp should be up …
Chris Mellor, 12 Jun 2013

Pure Storage hoovers up $150m in funding, hires ex-Data Domain CEO

Flash array upstart Pure Storage aims to emerge from the herd and pull off a Data Domain, having secured $150m in E-round funding and hired former Data Domain head honcho Frank Slootman, who joins its board as "a key strategic advisor." Pure says the $150m is "the single largest private funding in the history of the enterprise …
Chris Mellor, 30 Aug 2013
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Mystery railway buys 80 terabytes of Flash

Diamond Point International has sold two Violin Memory arrays, totalling 80TB of capacity, to a mystery European rail service provider. This customer – no one will say who – is moving from Dell EqualLogic iSCSI and HDS Fibre Channel disk arrays to all-flash arrays. A person familiar with the deal said: "[I] think it is the first …
Chris Mellor, 23 Aug 2011

HP and Falconstor team on fancy storage kit - report

HP could be developing a storage virtualization box meant to compete with similar kit from IBM and EMC, according to an online report. Storage site Byte and Switch has a number of sources placing HP in a deal with Falconstor to create this new system. The box would be used to manage storage systems made by different vendors and …
Ashlee Vance, 13 Jan 2005
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Shrewd El Reg plotter shows storage bods in revealing numbers

"Spaghetti" storage vendor groups are what you see when you lay bare these firms' quarterly revenue histories in a revealing graph. They fall neatly into four groups: the great, the good, the bad and the ugly. Which group are your suppliers in? Let's kick of this chart-fest with an overall look: All storage vendors Click on …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2012
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FalconStor wants to WORM your disk arrays

We've had optical WORMs and tape WORMs, and now it's hard drives, as FalconStor adds write-once capabilities to its IPStor storage management and virtualisation software. This WORMLock option is the key addition to IPStor v4.5, announced this week. The idea is that enterprises will use IPStor to manage tiers of storage, one of …
Bryan Betts, 22 Sep 2004
Fast and furious combat

How flash storage raced from glory to despair in 2013

Flash dramas abounded in 2013, from triumphant IPOs, disastrous IPO after-effects, profound strategy changes, and firms crashing out in flames. Two CEOs went. Two companies crashed. Several were bought. All in all it was a hell of a year. Let's start with all-flash arrays. All-flash arrays Here's where a lot of the flash …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2014

StorageTek signs FalconStor for data pooling

StorageTek is to develop and resell a version of FalconStor's IPStor disk pooling and virtualisation software. The strategic alliance between the two companies also gives StorageTek's resellers and its professional services group access to IPStor. The plan is for StorageTek to use IPStor in data migration and replication …
Bryan Betts, 19 Jun 2003
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SPLASSHH! Tech giant IBM DIVE-BOMBS into all-flash array pool

Splash! IBM has launched its first in-house all-flash array, one of the fruits of its billion-dollar flash storage investment. The FlashSystem 840 is an impressive box but what do IBM's mainstream and startup competitors, each with their own all-flash arrays, think of it? We asked them - and we also asked IBM what it thought of …
Chris Mellor, 27 Jan 2014

FalconStor changes tack with IPStor v4

FalconStor is due to announce version 4 of its storage network software IPStor today (11 Feb), yet with a complete lack of the word 'virtualisation', which has almost been airbrushed out of the picture, Stalin-style. Ross Parker, the company's Northern European sales director, admits that although storage virtualisation was a …
Bryan Betts, 11 Feb 2003
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EMC taps FalconStor for tape emulation

EMC is the latest company to decide that disk-to-disk is the future for backup. The company has announced Clariion Disk Library which uses ATA hard disk with in-band data compression to emulate tape libraries from ADIC, Quantum and StorageTek. The device uses software from storage virtualisation specialist FalconStor to do the …
Bryan Betts, 05 Apr 2004
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Exabyte era nigh for Nexenta

The exabyte era is hurrying closer for ZFS storage supplier Nexenta, which hopes to have its partners ship more storage boxes than NetApp in five years time. We were briefed by CEO Evan Powell following a Nexenta customer and partner shindig in Amsterdam. He said Nexenta was running at around $500 million a year in partner sales …
Chris Mellor, 05 Jun 2012

Report: EMC walks away with dedupe appliance market

When it comes to the disk-based backup appliance market, there is EMC and IBM and then there is everyone else. Market analyst IDC has just released a report, "Worldwide Purpose-Built Backup Appliance 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares", that shows EMC utterly dominating the disk-based backup appliance market with its Data …
Chris Mellor, 26 Jun 2012
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HDS coy about future compression tech

Hitachi Data Systems doesn't have its own compression/deduplication technology but looks set to get it. Dell is buying Ocarina for such technology and HDS is the array supplier holdout, as competitors EMC, HP, IBM and NetApp each have their own technology for data reduction. What is HDS going to do? Senior executives are being …
Chris Mellor, 23 Jul 2010

Last of the indie dedupe firms: We CAN fight off backup giants

Bill Andrews, Exagrid's CEO, is a driven man, even though he's been at Exagrid for seven years. But Andrews still has a job of work ahead of him bringing Exagrid out from under Data Domain's massive market shadow. In these days of every mainstream storage vendor having deduping backup-to-disk arrays – with the notable exception …
Chris Mellor, 28 Sep 2012
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Can a 'one-trick' software firm survive in era of converged engorgement?

Why is DataCore the only dedicated software SAN virtualisation appliance vendor left standing? The answer lies in a skewed revenue geographic model, staff majority ownership of the company and a fair amount of luck. It's also down to a solid product, though other companies with great products have failed where DataCore did not …
Chris Mellor, 24 Oct 2012
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Nexsan adds high-availability to dedupe

Nexsan has souped up its deduplication product, adding a high-availability configuration, and support for Symantec's OST and 10GbitE. There is a new high-end box as well. The Dedupe SG product combo was announced last August and combines FalconStor's FDS dedupe with Nexsan's AutoMAID drive arrays. These spin down disk drives …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2010
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Here's the crack about Infosmack

Today we start broadcasting Infosmack, easily the best podcast on enterprise tech. The show is produced and presented by Marc Farley and Greg Knieriemen, who are moonlighting from their day jobs at HP, where Marc is a storage God, and Chi Corporation, a big US integrator, where Greg veeps. They are joined on the show by …
Drew Cullen, 08 Mar 2011
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'Mr Backup' tracks race for dedupe speed trial domination

NEC's HYDRAstor crushes its competitors into the dust in the inline deduplication speed races, being more than three times faster than Symantec, which is in turn twice as fast as Data Domain. The numbers come from W Curtis Preston, aka "Mr Backup". He has used published figures from the vendors, and is careful to quote clustered …
Chris Mellor, 04 Nov 2010
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vSphere 5 takes on HP with virtual storage appliance

EMC's VMware unit is taking on HP with a Virtual Storage Appliance (VSA), building a small and medium business mini-SAN from servers' direct-attached storage. The vSphere 5 launch included the in-house developed VSA, which combines storage directly attached to just three physical servers and combines it into a single (iSCSI) …
Chris Mellor, 13 Jul 2011