FalconStor Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: FALC), a market leader in disk-based data protection, today announced that higher educational institutions and school districts are using FalconStor’s suite of data protection solutions to ensure students, faculty and administrators have continuous access to information, regardless of downtime resulting from IT maintenance, malicious acts or natural disasters. With FalconStor’s solutions, organizations such as the Jefferson County Public School District in Louisville, Ky., Kingsborough Community College, Cape Fear Community College, Central Carolina Community College, Ryerson University, Victoria College and Santa Fe College, are simplifying their IT infrastructures and reducing costs while enabling high availability of critical applications.
Whether it’s a K-12 or a higher educational institute with an onsite or a remote data center, FalconStor works closely with the IT teams and chief information officers (CIOs) to ensure that the data needed to operate is fully protected and easily recoverable. Through high availability products like the FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS), the FalconStor Continuous Data Protector (CDP) and the FalconStor Virtual Tape Library (VTL), educational institutions are implementing storage virtualization, data backup and continuous data protection. The implementations help these organizations to realize overall cost savings associated with quick data recovery times, full data protection assurance, and reduced staff time requirements. FalconStor executives and their customers, Jefferson County Public Schools and Kingsborough Community College, will detail how these technologies are used by education institutions through a live webcast, Trusted Data Protection Solutions for Education, on Tuesday, June 12 at 11 a.m. ET.
“Regardless of the size of the educational institution or school district, data is a critical component to each organization. Without it, teachers and students would not have access to required educational materials and the administration could not retrieve student records or program details necessary for efficient management,” said Fadi Albatal, vice president of worldwide marketing for FalconStor Software. “And with the progressive transition to offer more online educational resources and programs, we understand that applications and data must be continually available as learning and education is a year-round, 24/7 endeavor. For this reason FalconStor’s solutions ensure that data is fully protected and always available.”
Teaching and learning are ongoing processes. For this reason, IT administrators must ensure that students and faculty are able to access valuable information about everything from administrative planning to coursework. Many colleges and higher educational institutions offer online learning applications so that students can conduct research, study and collaborate with classmates. Students interact at all times of the day, so these schools cannot schedule downtime for maintenance and data backup. This is only one reliance on the data center. Today, these institutions rely on email for everything from daily correspondence to accepting applications and financial records. This data is critically important and sensitive, so it is increasingly important that it is fully protected against all forms of disasters – natural or IT-related. Through the implementation of backup and automated data recovery solutions, these IT departments are assured that none of the information can be lost.
What FalconStor education customers are saying:
Victoria College, Victoria, Texas:
“Victoria College is in the potential hurricane disaster zone, so it is critical that we ensure that students, faculty and administrators have access to applications and data regardless of damage done to the data center. Utilizing a tape backup system for our four terabytes of data required staff time on weekends and holidays and took three days to complete,” said Daniel Robinson, system administrator at Victoria College in Victoria, Texas. “FalconStor NSS and FalconStor CDP immediately cut out that tape backup time, saving us $800 to $1,000 per year, and allowed us to start replicating data to another data center for complete disaster recovery.”
Santa Fe College, Gainesville, Florida:
“As a college based in Northern Florida, where we frequently experience severe weather, we needed to implement a disaster recovery strategy to ensure continuity of operations. FalconStor NSS provides us with the ability to grow our storage infrastructure and allows us to leverage resources from other vendors and storage area networks (SAN) to easily replicate the data to our other site location. Its snapshot functionality made it stand out from market competition, including IBM. Even when we had a serious water leak that destroyed one of our SANs, FalconStor NSS kept us up and running without an issue,” said Steve Williamson, systems and operations manager at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Fla.
Central Carolina Community College, Sanford, North Carolina:
“Our goal at Central Carolina Community College was to create a streamlined data protection solution that works without interruption,” said MontE Christman, associate director of the IT department at Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, N.C. “With FalconStor CDP, we are assured that all of the data for the student information system, virtual servers, file servers and other applications are always available regardless of the time of day, and that the system will be able to easily grow to handle our expanding data. We are able to bring back our data if there is an issue within a few hours. Restoring the server from tape would have taken at least a day.”
Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario:
"Our students and faculty must be able to access their information 24/7, especially the Blackboard e-learning and management system. When we had to backup to tape, the system had to be taken off-line for several hours every week,” said Casey Carvalho, assistant director of technical services, Ryerson University in Toronto. “We selected the FalconStor NSS and FalconStor CDP solutions due to the company’s solid market reputation for providing an open data protection platform. With these solutions, we reduced our total storage infrastructure costs, eliminated the daily 30 minutes of downtime, and simplified our environment by unifying our data backup and disaster recovery for various components of our infrastructure.”
Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, New York:
“After Hurricane Irene last fall, it became imperative that our college’s data be protected at an off-site disaster recovery location to ensure that we may continue to operate regardless of the weather. A number of our key applications do operate within the cloud, but we have some on-site legacy systems and data across 133 servers that must be available,” said Asif Hussain, chief information officer of Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, N.Y. “Using the FalconStor VTL solution, we can easily replicate our data to an off-site, physical location at another college within the City University of New York (CUNY) system, ensuring that we will be able to restore files quickly if another catastrophe were to occur at our main data center.”
Jefferson County Public Schools, Louisville, Kentucky:
“In order to create a managed and unified platform system that grows with our application and storage needs, we had to move to a more simplified and centralized data protection structure. This meant leveraging the benefits of virtualization while ensuring we had a highly available enterprise platform storage solution,” said Whitney Roberts, manager of platform services for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Ky. “The FalconStor NSS and FalconStor CDP solutions have the functionality and scalability to provide such an environment and allow us to handle our expected data growth from our current 200 terabytes into petabytes. Considering the myriad of technical products that the school district has purchased in the past, FalconStor is one of the rare products that has lived up to its reputation and has delivered more value than what we paid for it.”
Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington, North Carolina:
“All of our students’ admissions and financial information is digitally scanned and saved and the paper versions are shredded. It is critical that this information is stored, continuously available and protected against IT problems and natural disasters,” said Jakim Friant, Unix system administrator of Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, N.C. “From the research we have done, FalconStor CDP is the only data protection solution that can effectively protect these replicated images at our off-site data center.”