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F5 Helps RHWL Architects Gain 5000+ User Hours of Productivity

ARX solution virtually eliminates system downtime, reduces weekly file backup times from 14 hours to 1.5 hours

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced it has helped U.K.-based architectural practice RHWL simplify data management using the F5® ARX ® intelligent file virtualization solution. With F5, RHWL gains over 5,000 user hours of increased productivity, equating to a savings of more than $400,000 per year.

RHWL is a multi-skilled architectural practice with expertise in many areas: sustainable design, urban regeneration, master planning, conservation, refurbishment, mixed-use developments and interior design. Its projects range from office buildings, headquarters, hotels, and residential developments to sports stadiums, theaters, schools, and convention centers.

With more than 40 years experience and about 130 employees based in offices located in the U.K., Germany, and Qatar, RHWL provides designs to meet a range of architectural challenges across Europe and the Middle East.

Following significant growth of the business and the associated challenges of storing designs and blueprints, RHWL began to run out of storage space for these-often very large-files on its Storage Area Network (SAN). Employees were forced to carry out emergency archiving of data to online-based documents, which in turn affected project deadlines.

After reviewing a number of tiered storage solutions, RHWL selected F5's ARX500 to manage data intelligently across its file storage infrastructure. With the ARX device's automated storage tiering policies, inactive data-the majority of stored data-could be stored on less-expensive storage while remaining accessible by designers. Conversely, only active files remain on expensive tier 1 storage, dramatically cutting down the need to invest in this area.

"We didn't just want to add more storage; we wanted to reduce the cost per gigabyte and gain a solution that would be much more scalable to support our future growth," said Dave Allerton, IT Director at RHWL. "F5 Networks offered the best solution for the best cost and had experience of delivering solutions to other architect firms facing similar challenges to us."

"Our weekend backup times have dropped from 14 hours to just 1.5 hours," Allerton continued. "This creates a savings in time as well as in the cost of tapes. There is no more crisis management of storage space and users don't run out of disk space anymore."

"We are delighted that RHWL has chosen to work with us to manage its storage needs," said Owen Cole, F5 Networks Technical Director, U.K. & Ireland. "ARX is the ideal solution to cope with a complex storage environment, like that of RHWL. As the volume of unstructured data continues to skyrocket, organizations must look for better ways to efficiently manage file data, while keeping storage costs under control."

"The F5 solution is transparent from a user point of view," Allerton added. "Performance at the user level is as good as or better than before, and we are no longer interrupting their work to archive files. I don't think that employees within the firm were even aware that any changes had been made; that was a real win from my point of view."

To learn more about RHWL's use of ARX solutions, please visit

About the ARX500

F5 ARX500 introduces intelligent file virtualization into the file storage infrastructure, eliminating the disruption associated with storage administration and automating many storage management tasks. It is designed for small-to-medium enterprises or regional office deployments, and supports file storage environments of up to 384 M files in size. Go to for more information on how F5 helps simplify data management.

About RHWL

RHWL Architects is a large design practice with more than 45 years experience, which has built a reputation for excellent design together with deliverability and dependability. It is our job to visualize any commission through the eyes of our clients, to fulfill their requirements, goals, and aspirations and create buildings of delight and comfort. RHWL strives to protect the original concept and bring to life the client's aspirations rather than imposing a strict architectural form or solution.

We pride ourselves in providing a professional and competent service to our clients, irrespective of the size, type, or value of the project. We understand the operational imperatives of our clients business and have become expert at maximizing the value of projects and bringing them in on time and on budget.

RHWL continuously strives to be a creative force; we are committed to pursuing responsible and sustainable development; and we endeavor to deliver maximum architectural, cultural, social, and financial value to our clients.

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 organisations 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 organisations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to

F5 and ARX are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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