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F5 Offers Tools to Rein in Storage Costs and Broaden Adoption of File Virtualization

SEATTLE, MAY 11, 2009 - F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced new software releases for its award-winning ARX file virtualization system and Data Manager storage management solution. The new capabilities in both products enable organizations to better control storage costs, improve capacity utilization and forecasting, and unlock maximum value from their existing file storage assets, all of which are key corporate mandates in today's economy. In addition, F5 announced the new "ARX Fast Start" package available in North America to make it easier and more cost-effective for organizations of all sizes to reap the benefits of file virtualization.

"Our research shows that the economy is definitely impacting IT budgets, with 47 percent of Fortune 1000 organizations interviewed planning to decrease their storage spending," said Robert Stevenson, Managing Director of Storage Research, TheInfoPro. "At the same time, these companies are actively looking for ways to boost storage utilization, which hovers at about 50 percent. Storage pros are indicating that they are turning to products like F5 ARX file virtualization solutions to achieve their cost-cutting objectives and make better use of the technology they already own. We've also seen an increased demand for tools, like Data Manager, that can provide the insight needed for more accurate capacity planning and forecasting."

New ARX Software Simplifies Automated Tiered Storage Deployments Version 5.0 of Data Management Operating System, the common software powering all F5 ARX file virtualization solutions, introduces new features that simplify automated tiered storage deployments and enhance data protection and recovery. Highlights of version 5.0 include:

-- Easier deployment of a virtualized file storage environment with seamless import functionality that gives users continuous access to file data throughout the implementation process

-- Improved data protection capabilities for virtualized storage environments, including a file tracking capability, which dramatically simplifies file restoration from backup media and virtual snapshot capability for Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service

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