F5 rolls out new file virtualization appliances

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F5 Networks this week announced new file virtualization appliances for small and mid-sized businesses. The Like F5's other appliances, the ARX1500 and ARX2500 are aimed at virtualizing, managing and migrating data for businesses of all sizes who are suffering from growing amounts of file data.

F5 Networks this week announced new file virtualization appliances for small and mid-sized businesses. Like F5's other appliances, the ARX1500 and ARX2500 are aimed at virtualizing, managing and migrating data for businesses of all sizes who are suffering from growing amounts of file data.

The F5 ARX appliances let organizations defer storage purchases and reduce their backup windows by migrating data to less expensive secondary storage platforms where it is backed up less frequently.

F5 gunning for even more data center control

The F5 ARX1500 and 2500 connect to the network via 10Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and support CIFS and NFS. They act as a proxy to existing file systems and are compatible with a wide range of network attached storage (NAS) systems and file servers. The ARX 1500 supports 12,000 users and 2 billion files; the 2500 supports 6,000 users and 1.5 billion files.

The ARX automatically places and moves data between different tiers of storage based on certain criteria such as age or type of data. This movement can be done during regular operations of scheduled to peak traffic times or backup windows. In addition, the ARX appliances perform capacity balancing.

In other news, CopperEgg, a NAS performance management vendor, announced that it has received $2 million in funding from Silverton Partners, to further develop its RevealStorage technology. RevealStorage is delivered as a subscription-based storage as a service offering. CopperEgg's RevealStorage works with NFS-based filers and NAS devices.

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F5 gunning for even more data center control

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