Thompson Hine LLP Judges Chi Corporation and FalconStor Software Best for Centralized Storage Management and Business Continuity

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Leading Law Firm Implements IPStor for High Data Availability and Disaster Recovery

Chi Corporation, a leading specialist in storage networking solutions, today announced that the law firm of Thompson Hine LLP has implemented FalconStor’s IPStor® software for centralized storage management, business continuity, and disaster recovery, replicating critical business data from its remote offices across the country to its primary data center in Ohio.

“We wanted a solid and standard business continuity plan for all of our offices around the country,” said Ted Huddle, Chief Information Officer of Thompson Hine. “Chi Corporation proposed a scalable IPStor-powered solution, satisfying our technical and business requirements. The Chi Corporation and FalconStor solution easily integrated into our SAN infrastructure, enabling us to add cost effective storage to the mix without re-purposing or changing our existing high-end storage sub-systems.”

Chi Corporation partnered with FalconStor, a leading developer of network storage infrastructure software solutions, to architect a solution providing an efficient means to replicate data and to eliminate single points of failure for Thompson Hine’s storage environment. The firm’s requirements included maximum data availability, leveraging lower cost and higher capacity ATA RAID systems from Nexsan, and maximizing additional return on investment out of their existing equipment. Chi Corporation designed, integrated and will be supporting all of the hardware and software components of the solution.

At Thompson Hine, IPStor servers are configured in an active-active failover mode at the primary data center for high availability. Utilizing IPStor’s Storage Service Enabler allows the firm’s existing high-end storage to be enabled by the IPStor appliance for use with all key storage services without copy or virtualization, preserving existing data while enhancing vendor specific data management tools with IPStor software. IPStor storage services utilized by Thompson Hine include replication, storage consolidation, TimeMark? and backup agents for snapshots of their Oracle and Exchange 2000 databases for point-in-time consistency and transactional integrity.

“Resilient, scalable, and flexible storage infrastructures are essential for law firms such as Thompson Hine to protect their high-volume, data-intense operations. Their choice of an IPStor-powered solution to replicate its vital data for business continuity is a strong indication of FalconStor and Chi Corporation’s abilities to serve the legal industry,” said Wendy Petty, vice president of sales, FalconStor. “By understanding and responding to the diverse needs of law firms worldwide, FalconStor is striving to be the chosen provider of storage technology to law firms large and small.”

Thompson Hine can now effectively replicate data overnight to its secondary data center through their T1 connection. The Firm is utilizing its existing production WAN infrastructure for the nightly replication of data from their satellite offices, eliminating any increase in communication costs since a dedicated replication connection is not needed. IPStor’s ability to mirror between dissimilar storage subsystems enabled Thompson Hine to mirror their main data center to a lower cost and higher capacity Nexsan ATA RAID system, providing them with seamless failover and redundancy.

The Nexsan ATA RAID system is also being used as an IPStor NAS share for large desktop PC images, while being considered for document imaging and archiving in the near future. The introduction of the IPStor-powered solution by Chi Corporation into Thompson Hine’s storage environment helped the firm avoid additional expenses while leveraging their existing infrastructure to recognize an immediate return-on-investment.

About Thompson Hine LLP

Established in 1911, Thompson Hine today is among the largest business law firms in the United States. For the last three years, the firm has been named as one of the Best Corporate Law Firms in America (in an annual survey of 32,000 corporate directors conducted by Corporate Board Member magazine). With more than 350 lawyers, Thompson Hine serves some of the premier businesses in the world. For more information, visit http://www.thompsonhine.com.

About Chi Corporation

Chi Corporation is a leader in the development and marketing of data management and storage solutions. Chi's fully trained and certified application and integration engineers specialize in addressing diverse and complex IT requirements and delivering comprehensive solutions that store, distribute, manage, and protect an organization's chief asset - information. For more information, visit http://www.chicorporation.com.

About FalconStor

FalconStor Software, Inc. (Nasdaq: FALC) is a leading developer of network storage infrastructure software solutions designed to optimize the performance and availability of today's complex IT infrastructures. Deployed by a wide range of Fortune 1000 enterprises, FalconStor's flagship product, IPStor, optimizes storage utilization, accelerates backup and recovery, maximizes I/O performance and ensures business continuity via sophisticated data replication services. It is available and supported through major OEMs, system integrators and resellers worldwide.

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