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F5, Data Domain Team on Tiering

SEATTLE and SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), and Data Domain, Inc. (NASDAQ: DDUP), the leading provider of deduplication storage systems, today announced a new partnership to co-market a joint solution that automates the movement of static and archive data from expensive primary storage to a cost-efficient secondary storage tier. Enterprises are looking for new ways to control storage-related costs and cope with infrequently accessed data and long-term archive of file data. Together, Data Domain and F5 move this data from premium primary storage to a space-efficient and easy-to-manage storage system that reduces capital costs and extends retention periods while addressing power, cooling, and floor space issues.

By combining the advanced deduplication capabilities of Data Domain storage systems with the intelligent file virtualization capabilities of the F5 ARX® series, users have seamless and live access to ultra-efficient, low-cost storage resources. F5 and Data Domain have completed a full suite of interoperability testing to ensure seamless integration into user environments, production stability, and simplified management.

“Customers are looking for ways to extend the life of their technology investments, especially in today’s challenging economic environment,” said Terri McClure, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG). “Implementing a storage tiering solution, such as the one developed by F5 and Data Domain, is an ideal way to reclaim tier 1 storage by non-disruptively migrating less-used data off of tier 1 and onto appropriate storage tiers. This ensures users are only storing a single copy of that data, which increases overall disk utilization. These types of partnerships are important to customers. The thorough, end-to-end solution testing helps take risk out of deploying a combined solution.”

F5 Networks Inc.