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Acopia Joins With StorageNet

LOWELL, Mass. -- Acopia Networks, Inc., the leader in high-performance intelligent file virtualization, today announced that it has joined the initiative at The University of California’s Information Storage Industry Center (ISIC) to help further’s mission to educate data storage technology users.

“We are delighted to add Acopia to our growing list of influential industry sponsors,” said Ron Durbin, industry relations director, ISIC. “Their expertise in the relatively new and increasingly critical area of data storage – file storage virtualization – will be a great addition to our knowledge base.”

According to the recent TheInfoPro (TIP), Wave 8 Storage Management Fortune 1000 Study, Acopia is “edging out” its competition in the file virtualization space. The list of competitors included such companies as Network Appliance, Microsoft, Cisco, Brocade, and others. The study also showed file virtualization is now at the top of TheInfoPro's Storage Technology Heat Index™ - an effective measure of users' spending and implementation plans based on interviews with Fortune 1000 IT professionals.

“A most interesting takeaway from the survey is the obvious and pressing need for education in the space,” said Kirby Wadsworth, senior vice president of marketing and business development, Acopia. “It’s telling that file virtualization is at the top of the heat index, yet when asked which vendor they currently use for file virtualization, a large number of respondents listed a vendor that does not, in fact, offer file virtualization today.”

“We are delighted to join with, who in addition to the countless number of data storage end users, counts the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), among its members,” he continued. “Who better to help spearhead this education process?”

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