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A Leading Carrier in Japan Selects F5 Networks for New SSL VPN Service Offering

NTT Communications, a leading Telco and IP solution service provider, relies on F5's FirePass product to offer secure remote access services to millions of subscribers
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced that NTT Communications Corporation has selected F5's FirePass® product as the foundation for its new SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) service offering. The new service, available through NTT Communications' Open Computer Network (OCN) Business Pack, enables subscribers to gain secure remote access to applications and data using standard Web browser technology - regardless of environment. The service has been available since the end of May 2004.

NTT Communications is one of the largest Internet carriers in Japan that caters to more than 4 million subscribers who need reliable Internet connection services, ranging from dial-up to gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Previously, NTT Communications provided VPN services using IPSec (Internet Protocol Security), but in response to customer demand added a SSL VPN solution to enable easier and more cost-effective remote access.

NTT Communications also evaluated a competitive remote access product, but upon careful analysis selected F5's FirePass product which offered a superior solution for addressing NTT Communications' strict security requirements. NTT Communications selected F5 for these key reasons: (1) The FirePass product's standard clientless feature eliminates complicated configuration and administration overhead; (2) The product's robust Network Access feature enables users to securely, reliably and seamlessly access any application from remote devices without any special configuration; and (3) F5's No. 1 position in the Layer 4-7 and SSL Security market.

"We are proud to have F5's FirePass solution selected by Japan's top carrier company," said Tim Goodwin, President of F5 Networks Japan K.K. "This is outstanding proof of F5's ability to deliver a reliable, robust and quality solution that meets the stringent security requirements of NTT Communications."

About FirePass Controller

The FirePass Controller is the industry's first SSL VPN solution with complete cross-platform support and offers the broadest application access, including Web hosts, client-server applications, and legacy hosts. Unlike IPSec VPN products that require the installation of special client software, the FirePass solution offers a clientless SSL VPN service that leverages any standard browser interface. It also offers the only open API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Developer's Kit) that enables 3rd party application vendors to build seamless, secure remote access into their client applications.

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 6,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to www.f5.com

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