SEATTLE, January 21,
Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application
Delivery Networking, today announced that it has joined the
NetApp® Alliance Partner Program as an Advantage Alliance
Partner. F5 is collaborating with NetApp to provide customers with
unified application and data delivery solutions to enable more
agile and dynamic data centers.
Working together, F5 and NetApp will help
customers bridge the gap from traditional to dynamic
infrastructures by increasing the flexibility between users and
resources. Agile IT environments allow enterprises to respond
quickly to change-adding, removing, and changing application and
data services on demand. The result is a powerful IT
architecture-encompassing security, access, acceleration,
availability, and data management-that adapts smoothly to an
organization's evolving IT requirements.
In addition to outlining a long-term
strategy, F5 and NetApp are providing immediate benefits to their
joint customers with initial solutions that leverage application
delivery and file virtualization to unleash the power of data
File Virtualization Delivers
Transparent Data Mobility
With F5® ARX®
file virtualization solutions, NetApp customers will be able to
automatically and transparently move data at will, dramatically
reducing migration times and eliminating costly downtime.
F5's award-winning ARX solutions virtualize the
file storage environment, removing the static binding between
clients and storage resources. Data can move freely-even during
business hours-without affecting applications or users, and without
requiring client reconfiguration. In addition, the ARX policy-based
management capabilities allow IT organizations to create "set and
forget" policies to automate data movement, further simplifying
management and reducing operational overhead.
"We're delighted to become part of the Alliance Partner Program,"
said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5.
"NetApp and F5 have a large shared customer base that is deriving
tremendous value from our solutions, so this solution partnership
makes a lot of sense. NetApp is a leader in the enterprise-class
NAS market, and F5 has led the way in developing solutions like ARX
that create a more dynamic infrastructure and have clear ROI. Our
joint solution is very compelling, and by working together we will
deliver even more value to customers."
"The NetApp Alliance Partner Program brings
like-minded solution providers together to provide cost-effective
and validated solutions to our customers to help them simplify
their data infrastructure," said Patrick Rogers, Vice President,
Solutions Marketing at NetApp. "By joining the NetApp Alliance
Partner Program, F5 will provide a complementary solution to NetApp
storage that will help customers eliminate the many problems
typically associated with data migration. Together, we'll help
customers boost productivity and increase the agility of their
"Growth of unstructured data continues to
accelerate and data center administrators are tasked to optimize
access, provide increased mobility, and deliver solid
cost-containment benefits," said Dave Russell, Research Vice
President at Gartner, Inc. "Looking forward, vendors that can
extend their solutions' data management and virtualization
capabilities through strong industry solution partnerships should
rank highly on organizations' wish lists."
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About the NetApp Alliance Partner
The NetApp Alliance Partner Program gives qualified infrastructure
and application providers access to NetApp solutions, software
development kits, technical support, training, certification,
product information, and marketing and sales assistance. Customers
benefit by having access to best-of-breed partner solutions that
are tested to work with NetApp storage. Additional information
about the NetApp Alliance Partner Program is available at www.netapp.com/alliance.
About F5 Networks
F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking
(ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery
of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables
community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT
agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true
business value. F5's vision of unified application and data
delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how
they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of
application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining
application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise
organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content
providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more
information, go to www.f5.com.
F5 and ARX are trademarks or service marks of
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"partner" or "partnership" does not imply a legal partnership
relationship between NetApp and any other company.
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