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F5 Delivers a Quantum Leap in Web Application Acceleration with New Release of BIG-IP WebAccelerator

New release extends F5's leadership in application acceleration by delivering advanced performance, unmatched flexibility and secure acceleration of SSL; Provides seamless, end-to-end acceleration services to any user regardless of location

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the latest release of its BIG-IP® WebAccelerator™ product. Providing application acceleration of up to four times greater than any other product on the market, BIG-IP WebAccelerator offers an integrated, multi-purpose solution for dramatically boosting the performance of web services and applications. It solves growing enterprise problems such as painfully slow remote downloads and application access over Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption. Customers can use the new BIG-IP WebAccelerator running as a module on the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) or as a standalone system on F5's 4500 platform now running on TMOS.

"Many organizations deliver web applications-such as Portal, CRM, eLearning, and e-commerce-to remote and mobile users who demand the same speed and reliability available on the LAN," said Lucinda Borovick, Director, Datacenter Networks at IDC. "The value that this announcement delivers is that it brings together F5's TMOS architecture and BIG-IP features to give enterprises an integrated solution that provides secure web application acceleration for all users, local and remote."

The BIG-IP WebAccelerator built on TMOS delivers an all-in-one solution to address two of the biggest technical challenges enterprises face in dealing with slow performance of critical applications: first time visit response time of web applications and acceleration of SSL content. Web applications can be accelerated 200-1000% by using a symmetric deployment of BIG-IP WebAccelerator. The symmetric deployment of BIG-IP WebAccelerator along with other F5 solutions such as BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager and Enterprise Manager enables organizations to enhance their Enterprise Content Delivery Networks (ECDN) and reduce cost and increase control of Internet CDNs.

Averitt Express provides freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company specializes in delivering customized solutions with a single source of accountability for service offerings that include less-than-truckload, truckload, time-critical and importing/exporting. "To help our customers better compete, we realize that our application delivery infrastructure must be flexible, secure and high performance in order to offer them innovative and effective transportation solutions," said Tim Saylor, IT Director at Averitt Express, Inc. "The WebAccelerator's remote site capability should significantly improve response time for our customers, which is one of the real shining points of the new release because it directly impacts customer satisfaction. In addition, WebAccelerator's secure symmetric acceleration of SSL applications is going to be critical in the future as customers start paying invoices online."

Highlights of the New BIG-IP WebAccelerator

Unmatched flexibility.

Now enterprises can choose any combination of symmetric and asymmetric acceleration that suits their needs. Whether accessing web applications and content via the BIG-IP WebAccelerator deployed in a remote office or utilizing the BIG-IP WebAccelerator nearest to the data center and web applications, users are guaranteed to have the fastest possible access and the best user experience.

Complete acceleration for web content via SSL.

When deploying symmetric SSL acceleration, organizations can rely on the BIG-IP WebAccelerator solution to ensure that SSL transactions are offloaded to SSL hardware and that there is support for advanced SSL functions such as FIPS and client certificates.

Enterprise Content Delivery Networks (ECDN).

BIG-IP WebAccelerator technologies can also be deployed for enterprise sites that require the fastest user experience for their remote and mobile users. Many of these organizations utilize Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) with unpredictable results and variable costs. BIG-IP WebAccelerator allows enterprise and e-commerce sites to control and reduce the costs of traditional CDN networks.

"Building on the strength of TMOS, F5 now offers the most comprehensive web acceleration solution," said Jason Needham, Director of Product Management at F5. "Symmetric deployment of BIG-IP WebAccelerator leveraging TMOS solves web content delivery issues by locating content closer to users to speed first-time and repeat visits for Portal, CRM, eLearning, and e-commerce sites. This release of WebAccelerator builds on the advancements that F5 has made by offering transparent and cost-effective acceleration to all users."

Availability

This new version of F5 BIG-IP WebAccelerator and BIG-IP WebAccelerator 4500 will be available in CYQ3, 2007.

About BIG-IP WebAccelerator

F5's BIG-IP WebAccelerator is an advanced web application delivery solution that provides a series of intelligent technologies designed to overcome problems with browsers, web application platforms, and WAN latency issues that impact user performance. For more information, please visit www.f5.com/products/big-ip/product-modules/webaccelerator.html.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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