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F5 Networks incorporates ARX file virtualization into cloud storage

Headlines: F5 adds file virtualization software that can move file and object storage into the cloud; also launches virtual appliance and open file services API for ARX platform.

Storage channel news roundup for Dec. 2 to Dec. 8, 2010

F5 Networks incorporates ARX file virtualization into cloud storage

F5 Networks Inc. today introduced ARX Cloud Extender to integrate its file virtualization platform with cloud storage, and also added an open file services API and a virtual appliance for its ARX platform.

The ARX Cloud Extender, iControl storage management APIs and the ARX Virtual Edition (VE) are based on technology F5 acquired when it bought file virtualization vendor Acopia Networks in 2007.

The ARX Cloud Extender doesn't require ARX appliances -- it's a software application that acts as a gateway to cloud services. The software runs on a local server, and customers can select and dynamically move data to the cloud. The Cloud Extender supports file and object storage and is qualified with cloud storage services such as Amazon S3, Iron Mountain Virtual File Store (VFS) cloud storage and NetApp StorageGRID.

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Disaster recovery testing best practices: Test thoroughly and often

Disaster recovery testing is something everyone talks about but few actually do. But your disaster recovery plan is useless unless you know it actually works.

Disaster recovery testing best practices dictate regular, consistent and thorough testing, say practitioners. disaster recovery tools can be one part of the solution. According to Ken Cameron, managing director at the Windsor Group, an IT consulting company, disaster recovery testing tools fall into numerous categories like communications, replication, and automation and depend on your specific environment. "Some are specific to storage, some to mainframes, Unix, Linux or Windows," he said. "Recently, some vendors are announcing tools that cross the platform boundaries, but they still have to matched to your environment," he added.

In this article, find out how often you should perform a disaster recovery test, if a virtualized approach to disaster recovery testing is right for you and what other disaster recovery testing best practices you can apply to your disaster recovery environment.

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Compellent bundles VMware SRM for disaster recovery; more storage news

Compellent Technologies Inc. said it's bundling VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager (SRM) with Compellent Storage Center SAN arrays to help enable disaster recovery (DR).

VMware SRM can help Storage Center customers automatically move and recover data to and from a DR site. Pricing for a Storage Center 5.4 configuration with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager starts at approximately $88,000.

Other data storage news in brief from this week: Storage vendors start VDI alliance; Isilon partners with Microsoft; Fujitsu sells 1 TB removable disk cartridges; Survey: File restores take up IT time; and Nexsan hires VP of marketing

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