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F5 Networks Solution Spurs Award Recognition for Managing Data Growth and Reducing Costs

Clackamas County named SNW Fall “Best Practices” award finalist for using F5’s ARX solution to decrease storage costs, scale storage capacity, and defer additional expenses

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that Clackamas County of the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area has been recognized for its deployment of the F5® ARX® solution to control rising data storage costs and increase data management efficiencies.

Clackamas County’s use of ARX to address its storage challenges has earned the company a spot as a finalist in the category of “Best Practices in Planning, Designing, and Building a Next Generation Storage and Server Infrastructure” for the Storage Networking World (SNW) Best Practices awards. Presented in conjunction with Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association, the award program is designed to identify and acknowledge excellence among IT user organizations. Clackamas County’s IT team will be honored at an awards ceremony at Storage Networking World Fall in Dallas, Texas on Wednesday, October 13.   


Clackamas County implemented a flexible storage strategy built on two layers of storage virtualization: block-level with its storage area network (SAN) and file-level with F5 ARX. Each virtualization layer decouples logical data access from physical storage locations. This enables data to be moved without disrupting users, which is fundamental to increasing operational flexibility. File-level mobility with ARX enabled the organization to immediately incorporate and start tiering to new deduplication storage systems, further reducing storage costs. As part of its comprehensive storage solution, Clackamas County has also incorporated additional capacity and introduced solid state caching as a high-performance storage tier.

Highlights of Clackamas County’s ARX deployment include:

  • Automated Storage Tiering: Reclaimed 85 percent of high-performance disk capacity, enabling the county to meet storage requirements
  • Scaled Storage Capacity: Scaled capacity from 50TB to 100TB without an increase in storage budget
  • Deduplicated Storage: Moved 90 percent of file data to deduplicated storage (10:1 deduplication ratio), allowing for deferred Tier 1 capacity purchases

For additional information on Clackamas County’s use of F5’s ARX solution, please visit

F5 Networks at the SNW Fall 2010 Conference

F5 will be showcasing ARX and other solutions at the SNW Fall 2010 conference at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, October 11–14. Please visit F5 Networks at Booth #415. For more information about SNW Fall 2010, see

F5 and Clackamas County are also participating in the following conference presentations:

Best Practices for Data Optimization and Enterprise NAS
Nigel Burmeister, Director, Product Marketing, F5 Networks
Linda Wu, Product Manager, NetApp
Monday, October 11 at 1 p.m. CT

Using Virtualization to Meet 100% Annual Storage Growth with a Zero Budget Growth Initiative
Chris Fricke, Senior IT Administrator, Clackamas County
Monday, October 11 at 4:05 p.m. CT

About F5

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

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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