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F5 Enhances Product Certification and Delivers Additional Value to Partners

F5 continues investment in channel partner training resources; New training program keeps certified partners up to date on F5 software releases

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that training updates on the latest F5® software releases will be available to all its certified partners. Updated training materials cover the latest features and functionality for all minor F5 software releases, enabling partners with certification credentials to bolster their F5 product skills and expertise throughout a product's lifecycle.

F5® certification and training programs are designed to help channel partners and their customers achieve higher levels of F5 product expertise, resulting in a superior user experience. Product certification is based on major software versions and does not require individuals to recertify against smaller software releases. Certification remains valid for two years, after which recertification is necessary. Throughout the certification period, F5 also provides software updates, including new features and functionality, for customers with active service contracts.

"Unlike most technology vendors, F5 enables partner success through knowledge sharing, rather than assuming new features and functionality will be instantly adopted," explained Steve Hale, VP of North America Partner Organization at F5. "This is where F5 is different. We believe in empowering our certified partners with the ability to enrich their product expertise throughout the F5 product lifecycle. The release of additional training materials in step with our software updates is a critical part of keeping our partners on the leading edge of the latest F5 technology."

Sustained F5 Product Expertise

Ongoing training updates help partners and their customers understand how to keep getting the most out of their F5 solutions. The new training updates enable partners to easily and readily:

  • Review newly released software features and functionality, helping partners to be a trusted advisor to their customers
  • Obtain a high-level overview of configuration tips for new product features, enabling quicker and easier implementations
  • Access "how to" troubleshooting tips, reducing time spent on deployment and configuration

Convenient Solution Education

F5 provides remote access to its iterative training modules for easy, 24x7 partner access. Updated training material can be downloaded electronically via the Web, and these materials are continually available through F5's Partner Resource Center.

"The training and content provided by F5 has enabled our technical systems engineers and business sales professionals to provide state of the art pre- and post-sales solution implementation support for our customers," says Paul Kerr, President of Scalar Decisions. "F5 clearly understands how fundamental technical readiness and training are to our success as a top F5 partner. The value-added content covering software updates is another example of how F5 continues to invest in us as trusted Value Added Resellers."

About F5 Global Training

F5 Global Training offers F5 customers and partners a solid knowledge base of F5 products, technology, and best practices. Powered by a comprehensive curriculum that includes instructor-led courses with hands-on, skill-based labs and remote learning, F5 prepares students for successful completion of certification exams. F5 Global Training and certifications enable IT professionals to build, maintain, and maximize F5 environments. For more information about training and the industry-recognized certifications offered by F5, go to:

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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability. Over 16,000 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

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