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SNW Honors F5 ARX Customer with Spring 2011 Best Practices Award

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that Storage Networking World (SNW) and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) have named Illinois’ Bloomington School District #87 as the winner of the “Best Practices in Virtualization and Cloud Computing” award. SNW’s Spring 2011 Best Practices Awards program identifies and acknowledges excellence among users of IT management solutions and approaches.

“Managing ongoing data growth can pose significant challenges for the education vertical and enterprise organizations alike,” said Nigel Burmeister, Director of Product Marketing at F5 Networks. “With F5® solutions, Bloomington was able to create an easy to manage, scalable cloud storage environment to support Illinois schools by offloading the operational overhead from individual districts. In particular, F5’s ARX® product enabled Bloomington to implement a storage tiering strategy, reducing storage costs by as much as 75 percent per district and cutting backup windows by up to 80 percent.”

To assist Illinois area schools in managing storage environments and conserving IT resources, the Bloomington school district helped create IlliniCloud, a non-profit cooperative that hosts applications for school administration, facilities management, student performance tracking, and other services for K–12 school districts. With F5 solutions, IlliniCloud provides cost effective and highly reliable cloud-based applications and data storage to member districts. Following deployment, storage costs were significantly reduced, and the organization’s investment in ARX was recouped in less than one year.

“To build out our cloud platform, we needed a solution with very low up-front and ongoing administrative cost,” said Jason Radford, System Administrator for IlliniCloud and Bloomington Public Schools. “The ARX storage virtualization solution exceeded our expectations in terms of capabilities; I wouldn’t run a data center without it.”

Winners of SNW’s Spring 2011 Best Practice Awards were selected by a panel of industry judges. Five finalists and one winner from each category were recognized during an awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 6, as part of this week’s spring SNW conference in Santa Clara, California. Following Clackamas County’s win in fall 2010, this marks the second time an F5 ARX customer has captured a prestigious Best Practices award at an SNW event.

To learn more about Bloomington/IlliniCloud’s use of F5 solutions, check out the customer success story here:

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