FalconStor Software Inc. launched an iSCSI storage server Monday at the Storage Decisions conference in the US.
The iSCSI Storage Server is software that sits on a Windows Storage Server 2003 network-attached storage (NAS) appliance. It uses FalconStor's IPStor technology and lets NAS appliances from Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. among others, attach to the Ethernet network via the iSCSI transport protocol. An iSCSI-enabled appliance can then serve up both file- and block-level services.
The iSCSI Storage Server is designed for small to mid-size businesses and departments and workgroups within large enterprise businesses. It not only lets those customers centralize and consolidate their storage, but also gives them a platform that can perform replication, snapshot and other storage applications. In addition, it supports Microsoft Corp.'s Volume Shadow Copy Service.
The iSCSI Storage Server supports iSCSI drivers (initiators) from Microsoft for Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP.
The product starts at under US$2,000.