Feeds

F5 buys Acopia for $210m

Web traffic firm buys into the storage market

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

F5 Networks is wading into the storage market by spending $210m to acquire privately-held Acopia Networks. The company is paying cash for the entirety of the file-based virtualization firm.

F5 has previously focused on technology that speeds up web-based applications with its Big-IP gear. The Acopia purchase moves the company into the unfamiliar waters of virtual storage.

"This acquisition is highly complementary to F5's strategy of optimizing the application infrastructure from the core of the datacenter to the edge of the network," said F5 CEO John McAdam. "Acopia extends the Application Delivery Network's reach to include optimization of the data storage layer."

It remains unclear how F5 plans to absorb Acopia, and just how serious it is about butting heads with the likes of Cisco, Brocade and EMC. F5 exec Dan Matte said the company will continue to make Acopia products available as distinct devices, but F5's file virtualization features will be added into Acopia's WAN optimization products.

Historically, the company hasn't exactly been speedy about integrating technology that runs parallel to its own existing products. F5 has only recently spit out results from the $45m acquisition of Swan Labs two years ago.

The deal is expected to close on Sept. 14. In a conference call this morning, F5 said revenue from the acquisition should add $25m-$30m to the company's 2008 revenue. ®

Eight steps to building an HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
THUD! WD plonks down SIX TERABYTE 'consumer NAS' fatboy
Now that's a LOT of porn or pirated movies. Or, you know, other consumer stuff
EU's top data cops to meet Google, Microsoft et al over 'right to be forgotten'
Plan to hammer out 'coherent' guidelines. Good luck chaps!
US judge: YES, cops or feds so can slurp an ENTIRE Gmail account
Crooks don't have folders labelled 'drug records', opines NY beak
Manic malware Mayhem spreads through Linux, FreeBSD web servers
And how Google could cripple infection rate in a second
FLAPE – the next BIG THING in storage
Find cold data with flash, transmit it from tape
prev story

Whitepapers

Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.