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F5 Chosen by the Netherlands' Largest Non-Academic Hospital to Help Guarantee Access to Critical Healthcare Applications

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager selected by Isala Clinics to ensure availability of medical images and data

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that Isala Clinics, collectively the largest non-academic hospital in the Netherlands, has selected the F5®BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM™) solution to guarantee access to critical healthcare information, images, and applications.

Isala Clinics, which is based in Zwolle, handles more than 475,000 outpatient visits and nearly 40,000 hospitalizations each year. Staff access to healthcare applications is essential for the continued smooth operation of the organization. Isala Clinics' IT division, IC2it, began to look for an application delivery solution when it became clear that everything from patient waiting times to surgical operations would be impacted if healthcare-related applications became unavailable.

"Simple, proactive, and transparent functionality were the main requirements," said Jos Minnema, System Administration and Operations Manager at IC2it. "BIG-IP LTM fulfilled these criteria, allowing automatic distribution of users across available servers in the most optimized, reliable way while simultaneously increasing the agility of our IT infrastructure."

The use of BIG-IP LTM has also assisted Isala Clinics in implementing new initiatives, such as the recent X-ray picture digitization project. Now, X-rays are processed, archived, and distributed using RIS/PACS (Radiology Information System/Picture Archiving and Communication System) and related applications. "You can imagine how important the availability of radiology images is for treating our patients," continued Minnema. "F5's solution ensures that, in the event of a disaster or downtime at one of our data centers, all clients will still be able to access critical applications. This means for example that, during surgery, surgeons will have continuous access to X-rays even if one of the data centers fails."

"Healthcare providers like Isala Clinics continually rely on web applications and data to make patient and treatment information available to qualified professionals around the globe," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "F5 solutions help to ensure that applications remain highly available and meet critical security compliance requirements. This means that medical data and images will be readily accessible to hospital personnel in order to make informed healthcare decisions."

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 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, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, and LTM 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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