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Acopia Networks Completes Testing Under The IBM System Storage Proven Program

Acopia ARX File Storage Virtualization Solutions Pre-Qualified for Interoperability with IBM N-Series Products

Acopia Networks®, Inc., the leader in high-performance intelligent file virtualization, today announced that its Acopia ARX™ systems have successfully completed interoperability testing with IBM's Systems Storage N-Series products and have been confirmed as IBM System Storage Proven. The IBM System Storage Proven program builds on IBM's already extensive interoperability efforts to develop and deliver products and solutions that work together with third party products.

"Being confirmed under this program greatly enhances the value and credibility of Acopia's ARX solution to the channel - and ultimately to the end user customer," said Janet Waxman, vice president hardware channels and alliances, IDC. "Channel partners are now able to deliver these solutions knowing that interoperability issues have been addressed, thereby allowing for an even greater level of customer satisfaction."

"As a longtime IBM partner, and winner of IBM's 2006 Beacon Award for Overall Technical Excellence, Lighthouse maintains the highest standards of technology and process. We rely on IBM's Storage Proven designation when architecting storage management solutions," said Mike Adams, storage practice leader, Lighthouse Computer Services. "Acopia's achievement today further increases our enthusiasm in bringing the power of Acopia's intelligent file virtualization paired with IBM's N-Series arrays to our customers."

"Successfully completing interoperability testing with IBM's N-Series is further proof of Acopia's commitment to quality," said Kirby Wadsworth, senior vice president of marketing and business development, Acopia. "Achieving IBM's Storage Proven™ designation assures both partners and customers that Acopia ARX systems can be confidently integrated with IBM's N-Series products to architect scalable, intelligent file storage virtualization solutions that conquer the cost and complexity of massive and growing file storage environments."

"Our customers are asking for a better alternative to manage rapidly growing file data. The combination of Acopia's industry leading virtualization and automation technology with IBM's state of the art N-Series storage systems offers a compelling solution. Today's Storage Proven™ announcement eliminates any 'FUD' in the marketplace surrounding interoperability and support, putting customers' minds at ease," said Nigel Buttery, president of Dataline, one of the nation's leading information technology consulting services firms serving both the government and commercial sectors.

About The IBM System Storage Proven Program

The IBM System Storage Proven Program supports the ability of independent hardware and software vendors to build high-quality solutions with the latest technology on leading storage platforms as well as reduce solution design time when multiple, tested building blocks have already been pre-tested.

About Dataline

Dataline, an information technology consulting services company, specializes in delivering customized, creative IT solutions for customers in the commercial and government business sectors. Dataline was founded in 1990 and now employs more than 520 professionals. Dataline's headquarters is in Norfolk, VA, with branch offices in Charleston, SC; Charlotte, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, VA; New Orleans, LA; Tampa, FL; and near Washington, D.C., in both Gaithersburg, MD & McLean, VA. For additional information, visit

About Lighthouse Computer Services

Lighthouse Computer Services is a trusted IT advisor to leading companies throughout the Northeast. The company was founded over 11 years ago with the goal of building strong, productive, long-term technology partnerships with its customers. Today, Lighthouse offers consulting, integration and maintenance services on the latest hardware and software technologies available today, including those from IBM, Acopia Networks, Microsoft, VMware, Cisco, Enterasys, Network Appliances, Avamar, McDATA, Brocade, Tivoli, SEPATON, OnStor, American Power Conversion and Symantec. Lighthouse placed number 212 in VARBusiness 2006 ranking of the top 500 IT solution provider firms in the USA. Lighthouse is also winner of IBM's 2006 Beacon Award for Overall Technical Excellence in a Business Partner. For more information about the company, please visit

About Acopia Networks

Acopia Networks, Inc. is the leader in high performance intelligent file virtualization. Its family of ARX systems help customers manage the growth, complexity and cost of unstructured, globally distributed, file-based information. By providing automatic, policy-driven, data migration, tiering, load balancing, and replication across multi-vendor storage environments, the ARX systems help IT executives to reduce management overhead and accelerate business workflow. For further information about Acopia's products and services, please visit:, call: 978-513-2900 (US) / 49-89-944-90-165 (Europe), or email:

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast, and available for everyone. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture optimizes applications, delivers application reliability, and protects the application and network. Enterprise organizations, service providers and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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