F5 targets midrange with file virtualization appliance

By Kevin Komiega

-- File virtualization hardware and software vendor F5 Networks is beefing up its product line with a new midrange file virtualization appliance and enhanced support for Microsoft/CIFS storage environments.

The new ARX2000 fills a gap in F5's appliance family between the ARX1000 and high-end ARX4000, and addresses the file virtualization needs of medium-sized organizations.

The ARX2000 features 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports for a maximum throughput of 4Gbps, and supports up to 6,000 users for a list price of $90,000. The ARX2000 offers twice the number of ports and support for twice the number of users as its smaller counterpart, the ARX1000, which lists for $70,250.

The high-end ARX4000 also features 12 Gigabit Ethernet ports, but also supports two 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports, a maximum throughput of 12Gbps, and up to 12,000 users. Price: $185,000.

Like the existing members of the ARX family, the ARX2000 virtualizes a file storage infrastructure, eliminating the static mapping between client and storage resources and allowing data to move freely between resources.

The ARX appliances use policy-based management to automate data management tasks, such as data migration, storage tiering, and capacity balancing.

In addition to the ARX2000, F5 is offering a new version of its Data Management Operating System (DMOS). Version 5.1 of the software includes enhanced support for Microsoft/CIFS storage environments and allows for greater scalability for tier-2 deduplication platforms.

The DMOS 5.1 release also includes support for Windows 2008 cluster, Windows 7 and the NTLM v2 authentication protocol.

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This article was originally published on December 11, 2009