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Acopia Networks to Showcase Intelligent File Virtualization

Acopia Networks(R), the leader in high-performance, intelligent file virtualization, today announced it will showcase ARX solutions at the Storage World Conference, Fall 2006 taking place next week, September 19 - 21, 2006 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition, Kirby Wadsworth, Acopia's senior vice president of marketing and business development, will join a panel discussion entitled, "The Virtues of Virtualization," taking place on Tuesday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. in Waterfront Ballroom 2.

The Acopia demonstration, in booth 337, will highlight the value of intelligent file virtualization, and its ability to simplify file storage management - making it easier than ever for companies to migrate, tier, balance, and replicate file data across the entire enterprise storage environment.

Specifically, intelligent file virtualization provides the ability to:

-- Migrate large numbers of files, transparently to users, without scheduled outages,

-- Tier data to appropriate storage media automatically and continuously - freeing expensive high-performance disk and dramatically reducing storage and backup costs

-- Increase utilization and optimize performance with advanced real-time load balancing

-- Replicate data efficiently and flexibly to ensure data protection and high availability

The panel discussion, entitled "The Virtues of Virtualization," taking place on Tuesday, September 19 at 2:00 p.m. in Waterfront Ballroom 2, will be moderated by Brad O'Neill, senior analyst with The Taneja Group. The panel will examine the current state of the storage virtualization market as well as its anticipated rapid growth.

"We are at a crossroads in the world of file management. Traditional approaches to managing the growth, cost, and complexity of unstructured file-based information have hit a wall across enterprises of all sizes," commented O'Neill. "Generally available file virtualization solutions, such as Acopia's ARX systems, offer a compelling alternative to enterprise IT teams. Storage virtualization technologies like Acopia ARX deliver key benefits, including improved storage resource utilization, transparent data migration capabilities, the ability to automate storage tiering, as well as the ability to replicate data for disaster response preparedness." He added, "I am very pleased Kirby will be joining the panel - his depth and breadth of experience across the storage arena is sure to bring a fresh and interesting perspective to the discussion."

"High cost, stranded capacity, disruptive processes, and performance issues are persistent problems in today's enterprise datacenter," said Wadsworth. "The raw cost of storage is falling, but IT budgets aren't benefiting because the disruption and switching costs associated with traditional technologies are high. IT managers feel locked in. Intelligent file virtualization breaks the bonds, letting customers take full and immediate advantage of new technologies, and changing market conditions." He added, "I am delighted to have been invited to join such an esteemed group of panel participants to discuss and debate the current status and future direction of the file virtualization space."

For further information regarding the Storage World Conference, Fall 2006, please visit its Website at: http://www.storageworldconference.com/boston/.

Published Thursday, September 14, 2006 1:30 PM by David Marshall
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