F5 Expands Data Solutions Portfolio

F5 Networks has expanded its Data Solutions portfolio with the new F5 ARX 4000 and Data Manager solutions. ARX4000 is the latest addition to F5's intelligent file virtualization platforms, and the industry's first solution to support 10 gigabit Ethernet. F5 Data Manager gives customers granular visibility into their file storage environments, including usage patterns and trends, which can be used to identify areas of potential optimization and cost savings through the use of intelligent file virtualization technology as well as storage planning.

F5's intelligent file virtualization systems simplify the management of large unstructured storage environments enabling automated tiering or information lifecycle management, reducing backup complexity, and significantly reducing both operating and capital expenses. Customers who have implemented intelligent file virtualization report reductions in cost of 80 percent in many cases. With F5, organizations can apply powerful automated policies that simplify data access and movement, optimize the use of existing storage resources, and share files across heterogeneous storage devices.

The ARX4000 enhances the existing ARX portfolio of file virtualization products, which includes the entry-level ARX500, the mid-range ARX1000, and the high-end ARX6000. The ARX4000 provides global namespace and data management policies through an operating system common across all ARX models.

Data Manager is a software product that interfaces directly with all file storage devices, including ARX file virtualization platforms. Data Manager gathers valuable file storage statistics and provides graphical reporting and trending functions to give users clear visibility into their constantly changing data storage environments, helping them respond to business needs and better plan for future growth.

Deployment benefits of the new ARX4000 and Data Manager solutions include:
- Scalability and flexibility ARX solutions give customers the ability to implement data management policies, enabling them to tailor and scale storage virtualization environments to meet business needs. The ARX4000 supports 10 gigabit Ethernet and offers high performance, supporting up to two billion files per device, and enabling enterprise data centers to roll out next-generation infrastructures.
- File infrastructure visibility Data Manager provides a holistic view of virtualized file storage environments to help organizations more efficiently and transparently manage virtualized and non-virtualized file storage environments.
- Enhanced reporting and trending capabilities With the Data Manager product, organizations gain granular insight into how their data storage requirements are changing over time including what types of files are being created, who's creating them, and what storage resources they're consuming enabling organizations to proactively address new challenges and plan for future needs rather than slowing down the business to gather trending information.

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