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F5 Floats Up to Cloud Storage

F5 is a pretty interesting company. In the networking space, F5's bread and butter, Cisco, has bought or killed a good portion of its competitors (Juniper is the one impressive company left standing).

F5 is alive and well because it always pushes the envelope, entering new markets or inventing new takes on existing ones.

The cloud is the company's latest playground. Like outfits such as Nasuni, F5 is helping shops store serious amounts of data in the cloud. In F5's case, it is launching new software, the ARX Cloud Extender, that stores data remotely based on preset, IT-determined policies. That storage includes tiering data so older stuff is lower down on the totem pole and important, frequently accessed information is at one's fingertips. F5's new tool works with other third parties such as NetApps and Iron Mountain.

Do you store personal or corporate data in the cloud? Why's, why not's and how's are all welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 12/15/2010 at 1:18 PM


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