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F5 Expands Acopia Intelligent File Virtualization Solution Offerings


Highlights of the new F5 Acopia offerings include:

Virtual Snapshots
FreedomFabric Network Operating System v3.0 offers an enterprise-class implementation of heterogeneous virtual snapshots. Snapshots are replicas of data as it existed at a specific point in time. Using this new functionality, administrators instantly can create snapshots spanning many heterogeneous filers. Users and applications then have direct access to these federated snapshots for many uses including backup, replication, and recovery of accidentally deleted or modified files or directories. The process of creating the virtual snapshot is transparent to end-user workflow. Without this functionality, snapshots cannot span multiple heterogeneous filers. This forces administrators to follow complex, often manual and disruptive, processes to protect their large file infrastructures, restricting them to single vendor implementations.

Independent Management Platform
FreedomFabric Network Manager is the industry's first independent management software platform for file virtualization. Running on an industry standard server, FreedomFabric Network Manager provides the foundation for managing policies across multiple distributed file virtualization systems in large enterprises, greatly simplifying deployment and operations, reducing errors, and lowering operational costs.

"Once in production, it became obvious to us that we should leverage F5 Acopia virtualization across our entire datacenter environment," said Stephen R. O'Neill, Vice President of Technology, Oversee Domain Services. "For Oversee, the F5 Acopia solution has simplified data management and helped keep our budget in check. This new functionality means we won't have to manage separate filers and individual snapshots. I will now have unified access across all my systems-making life that much easier."

"Forward-thinking customers around the world are adopting F5 Acopia file storage virtualization solutions because they appreciate the tremendous benefits of this technology," said Christopher Lynch, Senior Vice President of Data Solutions at F5. "Today, IT executives realize that F5 Acopia is no longer just an alternative; it's an imperative. With this release, we are making it easier than ever for our customers to put intelligence to work managing their data storage assets."



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