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F5 Helps Customers Enhance the Value of Oracle's Siebel CRM Application Deployments

Integration of F5 and Oracle technologies helps increase user productivity and reduces deployment time and ownership costs

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the availability of its new Application Ready Network (ARN) solution for Siebel. With this announcement, F5 is expanding on the previously announced ARN for Oracle to provide tested and documented deployment, configuration, and optimization guidance for customers using F5 and Oracle's Siebel CRM applications in concert.

Now Siebel CRM and Oracle® CRM On Demand customers, independent software vendors, and system integrators can more efficiently and confidently deploy and run Siebel CRM. Incorporating F5® application delivery and WAN optimization technologies into their Siebel CRM application delivery infrastructure helps customers optimize the value of existing IT assets and increase efficiency across the network-resulting in a superior experience for administrators and users alike.

"F5's comprehensive approach to application delivery makes their solutions a good fit for our customers," said Masa Karahashi, VP, CRM Development, Oracle. "Through dedicated research and partnership activities, F5 has put together the resources to enable our joint customers to further enhance their Siebel CRM investments in terms of security, performance, and overall ownership experience."

Benefits of F5's Application Ready Network for Siebel CRM include:

Up to 3-7x performance increases, resulting in improved user experience - Leveraging F5's optimization technologies, Siebel CRM users can now experience LAN-like performance over the WAN.

Reduced infrastructure and OpEx cost - F5's intelligent compression achieves 87 percent bandwidth reductions for Siebel CRM, and can offload up to 70 percent of Siebel server connections-enabling greatly reduced cost.

Drastically reduced deployment cycles - F5 policies and profiles are custom-built for Siebel CRM providing specific configurations that leverage the power of F5® BIG-IP ® devices' SSL offload, caching, and acceleration to streamline Siebel CRM environments. And many BIG-IP device configurations are automated for Siebel CRM, enabling customers to save deployment time and greatly reducing the risk of human error.

"We continue to recommend that organizations select an application delivery vendor that maintains close relationships and collaborates frequently with application providers," said Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "By addressing individual characteristics of specific business applications, F5's Application Ready Networks deliver true application fluency across the data center, LAN, and WAN. With the groundwork laid by F5, joint Siebel CRM customers can look forward to simplified deployments and upgrades, as well as optimized application performance."

"F5's application-specific expertise and ongoing integration efforts with business solution providers like Oracle continue to enhance the value of our technology within the Application Delivery Networking marketplace," said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. "In preparing the Application Ready Network solution for Siebel CRM, the two companies have worked closely to determine the best practices and ideal configurations for running F5 and Siebel CRM together-resulting in superior deployment benefits and an unparalleled user experience for joint customers."

For more information on F5's solutions for Oracle's Siebel CRM, please visit


F5's Application Ready Network for Siebel CRM is available today, and F5 plans to continue expanding its suite of best practices to achieve optimum network performance for Siebel CRM, Oracle, and other application vendors to further demonstrate the benefits and flexibility of F5's unique Application Delivery Networking technologies to a growing number of enterprises.

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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