F5 Enhances Data Management Solutions

F5 Networks Inc. (FFIV) has announced new software releases for its ARX file virtualization system and Data Manager storage management solution. The new capabilities in both products aim to help organizations control storage costs, improve capacity utilization and forecasting, and unlock value from existing file storage assets.

Version 5.0 of Data Management Operating System, the common software powering all F5 ARX file virtualization solutions, has introduced new features that simplify automated tiered storage deployments and enhance data protection and recovery. Highlights of version 5.0 include easier deployment and import, improved data protection capabilities, and support for Microsoft Windows 2008.

The new version of Data Manager, 2.5, improves storage reporting and forecasting in large file storage environments and introduces new cost savings analysis capabilities to help businesses better understand areas for potential cost reduction in their environment, F5 said.

In addition, F5 announced the new “ARX Fast Start” package available in North America to ease file virtualization. With this package, customers with storage environments supporting up to 500 users and 800mbps in throughput can implement an ARX500 solution for a competitive price. The promotion is valid only through Sept. 30.

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