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Acopia Networks to Showcase Intelligent File Virtualization
Acopia Networks®, the leader in high-performance, intelligent file virtualization, today announced it will showcase its ARX solutions at the UKs only dedicated data storage event, Storage Expo, taking place October 18 19, 2006 at the National Hall, Olympia, London, UK.

Acopia Booth 408 will spotlight the value of its ARX intelligent file virtualization solutions and their 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, Acopia will demonstrate its ARX solutions 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

Acopia will also highlight the results of recent laboratory tests in which, when an Acopia ARX system was utilized to move a specific application file set to a high-performance storage device, application throughput increased by almost 30 times compared to similar tests run with the same file set residing on a popular modern network-attached storage (NAS) system. This high performance storage device consisted solely of a single, off-the-shelf server configured with 32GB memory and dual Intel® processors. Moreover, the cost of this configuration was under $10,000. Given the cost difference between the prevailing NAS system and performance storage device, this solution was 300x more cost effective than this popular NAS system alone when serving this workload. (Detailed results of the laboratory tests are available upon request.)

A proliferation of widely distributed and difficult to manage file servers, spurred on by the unceasing growth of unstructured file-based information such as email, spreadsheets, presentations, and simple text documents, drove a sense of urgency here at Foster and Partners to find a solution with which to simplify file storage management, said Mark Read, infrastructure manager, associate, Foster and Partners. Acopias ARX file virtualization solution has addressed such challenges head-on, providing increased efficiency and control, as well as a significant reduction in associated costs. He continued, Any datacenter executive that wishes to stay competitive in todays highly dynamic and global economy should look into, and likely invest in, a file virtualization solution appropriate for his/her environment.

The acceptance rate of Acopia technology in the European marketplace has been astounding, said Tim Pitcher, vice president of international sales for Acopia. This is surely a testament to the fact that Europe boasts many of the worlds most advanced and sophisticated datacenters. Consequently, many of the worlds IT thought leaders are located here as well, who recognize that in order to contend in todays highly competitive global economy they must deploy the most advanced technologies, such as Acopias intelligent file virtualization ARX solutions.

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Published Wednesday, October 11, 2006 4:51 PM by David Marshall
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