GCN Insider: Falcon flies the COOP

Windows Restore brought to our collective consciousness the idea that we could screw up our systems, mangle our registries, then go back in time to when everything worked (not that it was a new idea). At the enterprise level, that concept now goes by the name of continuous data protection, and it likely will become a major part of continuity-of-operations planning.

Officials from FalconStor Software of Melville, N.Y., recently dropped by GCN to talk about some of their solutions, including the company's DiskSafe for Windows CDP service, recently optimized for Microsoft's new System Center Data Protection Manager. (Microsoft rolled out DPM in September to facilitate disk-based backup for Windows systems.) DiskSafe is a hosted CDP solution that, as you might expect, allows agencies to continuously save backup copies of enterprise information so they can roll back to any point in time in the event of an emergency. It's better than backup, which may happen only once a day, and often at night. CDP can get you online in the middle of the day with the latest saved data. For agencies that don't want to go the hosted route, FalconStor's IPStor Enterprise Edition handles CDP.

FalconStor has customers in DOD, NASA, the FBI and the State Department, but federal account executive Tom Schmitt acknowledged CDP and other disaster recovery technologies are often seen as a luxury. 'They've got to have the pain and the budget,' he said. 'A lot of people don't have money for an insurance policy.' COOP mandates may change that.

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