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Rated 4 out of 5 by 2reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Brings the flexibility of selecting the type of hardware you want. Lacks functionalities like snapshots generation Valuable Features:FDS has many great features, but I would say that the most valuable are installation flexibility, global deduplication engine, high-availability options, disaster recovery capabilities, and easiness of deployment and administration. For example, you can select your preferred hardware brand, as soon as it complies with their requirements, create an USB device with the installation package, and it will guide you through the rest of the installation process. Subsequently, you could present your preferred storage as the front-end cache for the initial data landing and for unique data following deduplication. Also you have the ability to create your own deduplication policies.Improvements to My Organization:The flexibility of this product helps us provisioning space to Windows and UNIX/Linux servers, for file service purposes, because it can export and share folders through CIFS and NFS protocols. Subsequently, you can use it as a repository for your end users to save their corporate files, or as a landing share for backups.Room for Improvement:FDS has room for improvement, like, for example, by enabling the ability to create snapshots in order to protect the folders being shared.Deployment Issues:The deployment of this product is pretty straightforward as soon as you follow all their instructions.Stability Issues:If you follow all the vendor requirements and know how to balance the data loads, you will have a very stable product.Scalability Issues:We haven't found any issues with scalability.Customer Service:The level of customer service is excellent. Their response time is immediate, and they have an online support portal for those purposes as well.Technical Support:Their level of technical support is excellent, and they explain you in a clear and concise manner.Previous Solutions:No, we did not use a different solution of this nature prior to FDS.Initial Setup:The initial setup was straightforward. The FalconStor Support portal has all the necessary guides available, or you may contact the technical support for help.Implementation Team:We implemented it ourselves. However, if you expect a flawless installation, it is recommended to contact professional services.ROI:I can't provide exact numbers for ROI, but what I can say is that it's deduplication capabilities are high. I our case, we could see dedupe ratios between 5:1 and 10:1, depending on the type of data you save. This is a huge save of storage for the company.Other Solutions Considered:No, we didn't evaluate other products prior to FDS.Other Advice:If you wish to implement this product successfully, you have to evaluate every angle: What type of data do you want to save? Which format does it have? Do you wish an integrated solution, or a custom one where you can choose your gateway and storage hardware? Do you have high-availability and disaster recovery requirements? Ask for a demo and/or proof-of-concept.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 23, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great scalability and very high performance but the reporting system is not very helpful. Valuable Features:* Great Scalability* Very High Performance* Front-End (object presented to the target machine) and Back-End (deduplication engine) can live on the same appliance or split in different appliances* High Availability* Tape Caching (in VTL emulation)Improvements to My Organization:Using a virtual deduplicated environment I was able to easy manage data grow, replication optimized and storage swap without down time.Room for Improvement:The reporting system is not very helpful.Use of Solution:It’s been about 7 yearsDeployment Issues:No issues.Stability Issues:No issues.Scalability Issues:No issues.Customer Service:GoodTechnical Support:Very goodPrevious Solutions:I switched from a DataDomain to Falconstor VTL in 2009 for stability reasons.Initial Setup:Initial setup is quite complex because it involves different skills (fabric zone, SAN storage configuration, network settings) but it’s for an HA environment. In a single appliance it’s easier to deploy.Implementation Team:I implemented myself with some suggestions from a Falconstor technician. Falconstor technicians are very skilled.Other Solutions Considered:Yes- Diligent, DataDomain, HP. Falconstor HA was the killer feature.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions. September 4, 2014
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