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PacificSource Health Plans Achieves Fast and Uninterrupted Data Access with File Storage Virtualization Solution from F5
F5 Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that PacificSource Health Plans, one of the largest independent, non-profit health plans serving the Pacific Northwest, has deployed an F5® Acopia ARX® file storage virtualization solution as the underpinning of its file storage management strategy. The new system has allowed PacificSource to perform non-disruptive migration of file data such as business, individual, and family health plan information, as well as its own internal business data.

We recently faced a significant data migration challenge during a system upgrade of our direct-attached disk environment to a clustered Windows storage area network. We recognized that any interruption of access to health plan information or even our own internal business data would be completely unacceptable, said Tim Wolfe, Network Administrator at PacificSource. The F5 Acopia ARX file storage virtualization solution allowed us to perform all data migration tasks without any downtime and without the need to manually reconfigure client systems and applications. Moreover, by leveraging ARX we have been able to streamline and automate all future data movement.

PacificSource applied the same level of painstaking diligence in choosing their file management platform as they do in selecting the world-class health plans to offer their customers, said Kirby Wadsworth, Senior Director of Marketing for Data Solutions at F5. Initially, they selected the F5 Acopia ARX for its non-disruptive capabilities, as well as unmatched performance and scalability. However, they also chose to invest in the ARX solution for the long term as it provided them with the ability to move data whenever they wish, to whatever storage technologies they might choose to use in the future. This translates into significant savings in both operational resources and capital expense.

In addition to continued data migration initiatives, future plans for the F5 Acopia ARX file storage virtualization solution includes its use in PacificSources data replication for disaster recovery (DR) efforts.

Published Thursday, January 10, 2008 5:48 AM by David Marshall
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