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F5 Helps Confucius Institute Build Global Content Delivery Network for E-Learning

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, announced today that the Confucius Institute has successfully deployed F5® BIG-IP® and ARX® solutions to support a global Content Delivery Network (CDN). The solution enables the institute to deliver online courses to over 40 million Chinese-language learners worldwide through a web portal in a secure, flexible, and user-friendly manner.

The Confucius Institute expects its educational website content to grow from 200 GB to up to 5 TB before the end of 2009. To keep pace with content growth and support the dramatic increase in web traffic, the portal infrastructure needed to be revamped.

The F5® solutions deployed include VIPRION® at the Beijing headquarters and additional BIG-IP devices at four data centers across the globe for core application delivery functions. Along with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager(LTM), BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager(GTM) is leveraged for location-based global traffic management, while the F5 ARX500 file virtualization device enables storage capacity optimization for the solution. By placing F5 devices at strategic points of control in the portal infrastructure, Confucius Institute can be sure that users are directed to the nearest, best-performing data center, creating an efficient CDN.

"Leveraging F5's proven application and data delivery technology to support a CDN enables us to accelerate, secure, and deliver content and services worldwide," said Guo Yizhou, Director of Network Division, Confucius Institute. "F5 technology provides a scalable application delivery platform that helps us pave the way for the future of Confucius Institute Online. With this CDN, we can provide high-quality services to audiences around the world who are interested in learning about China's language and culture. Delivering various education services and activities over this network enables our worldwide audiences to better understand and appreciate the various facets of modern China."

"We are pleased that F5 solutions have been selected to be key components of this impressive project," said Francis Zhang, General Manager of F5 Networks China. "Organizations of all size look to their technology investments to increase IT agility and add value. We're very pleased with the number of organizations-including financial institutions, telecommunications and service providers, e-commerce sites, and more-that continue to rely on F5 to support their business."

About Confucius Institute

Confucius Institute is a non-profit education organization devoted to satisfying the demands of people from different countries and regions in the world who want to enhance their understanding of Chinese language and culture, strengthen educational exchange and cooperation between China and other countries, deepen friendly relationships between China and other nations, and promote the development of multi-cultural understanding to achieve a more harmonious world.

By July 2009, 331 Confucius Institutes and 56 Confucius classrooms had been established in 83 countries and regions. For more information, please visit

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, LTM, Global Traffic Manager, GTM, ARX, and VIPRION 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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