ABOUT FUTURE SYSTEMS SOLUTIONS, INC.
Future Systems Solutions, Inc. (FSS) was founded in 1986 to develop software
solutions that enhance the operation of existing systems. The company has
worked with and supplied technologies to industry-leading companies, including
Symantec, Iomega, and Quarterdeck.
In 1986 FSS became the first company to bring device-independent disk caching to
the PC market with the introduction of SpeedCache™. This unique approach
to disk caching meant not only superior performance, but also an unrivaled
level of compatibility. By avoiding system dependencies, SpeedCache offered
true plug-and-play compatibility for any computer system that supported
Microsoft's DOS operating system.
In those early days of personal computing, FSS quickly became a premier provider
of software solutions for RAM expansion manufacturers and system resellers. In
1987, the company released EME™, a solution designed for computer system
manufacturers that needed a way to simulate the emerging expanded memory
standard from the more common and less expensive form of expansion memory known
as extended memory.
To further enhance the value of extended memory, FSS released version 2.0 of its
caching product as Speedcache+™. Together with EME, Speedcache+ quickly
became a favorite bundle for original equipment manufacturers producing PCs.
In 1989, FSS licensed the Speedcache+ technology to Peter Norton Computing as a
component for the Norton Utilities. With the success of the Norton Utilities,
the disk caching technology developed by FSS became second only to Microsoft's
SmartDrive (which was bundled with MS-DOS) as the largest distributed disk
caching technology for the PC.
In the early 1990's FSS' Speedcache+ became the premier disk caching utility for
the Microsoft Windows environment. In 1992, FSS debuted the first caching
technology to enhance multimedia and CD-ROM drive performance on the PC. By
1993, the rave reviews from the PC industry and the growing popularity of
Speedcache+ attracted the interest of Symantec and led to the exclusive
licensing of the technology for distribution under the Norton Speedrive label.
FSS continued to be a key provider of system enhancement utilities to software
publishers while pursuing research and development efforts in emerging
technologies. In 1996, FSS signed an exclusive licensing agreement with
Quarterdeck Corporation and released the first device-independent persistent
caching technology for CD-ROM drives. Then, in 1997 FSS licensed its innovative
application launch acceleration technology to Symantec Corporation for
inclusion in the Norton Utilities, and in 1998, FSS added to its list of
technology leading developments with the introduction of DriveSpan™, the
first true hard disk spanning utility for PCs.
Also in 1998, FSS introduced Drive2Drive™, a product designed to make
backing up existing hard disks and upgrading to new hard disks faster and
easier than ever. Designed specifically for Windows 9x / ME, Drive2Drive was
the first product of its kind to image an active Windows system hard disk
completely within the Windows environment. This advance made it possible for
non-technical users to upgrade and backup their system hard disk without the
need to create or use a special startup disk, or waste time learning archaic
The next decade saw the emergence of Casper™ as a hard disk backup and upgrading
solution designed specifically for users of Microsoft's new operating system platform,
Windows XP, and its successors, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Like Drive2Drive, Casper's
introduction made it possible for non-technical users to easily create and maintain an
instantly-bootable, backup replacement disk for their PC. Technical innovations such as
SmartClone™ differential cloning technology were subsequently introduced to make it
possible for Casper to maintain a complete backup replacement hard disk for a PC in the same amount
of time required by other backup and disk imaging solutions to perform a partial or
incremental backup to a proprietary archive. Other innovations such as AccuClone™
disk imaging, Automatic Copy Verification™, SmartSense™ disk detection, and
support for creating a fully bootable backup on a portable USB drive continue to make
Casper faster, more reliable, and more convenient to use.
In 2009, Casper Secure™ Drive Backup for PGP® Whole Disk Encryption was released. Casper Secure
Drive Backup remains the first and only PC backup solution to confront the problems affecting
users of whole disk encryption technology. While whole disk encryption ensures sensitive data
remains fully secured on a PC, traditional backup programs fail to deliver the same level of
security for a backup. Casper Secure solved this problem by allowing users to create an
equally-secure PGP whole disk encryption backup that is instantly-bootable and useable as
a complete and immediate replacement for the original PGP whole disk encrypted drive in the
event of a hard disk failure or corruption.