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F5 Helps The First American Corporation Enhance Virtualized Infrastructure and Improve Service Delivery

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that The First American Corporation, a $6.2 billion company based in Santa Ana, California, has implemented F5® BIG-IP® solutions to provide users with fast, flexible, and convenient access to enterprise applications.

First American provides customers with online information in five primary industry segments: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Information and Outsourcing Solutions, Data and Analytic Solutions, and Risk Mitigation and Business Solutions. To help its business units work efficiently and to provide better service to customers, the company centralized its IT operations with BIG-IP solutions. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Global Traffic Manager (GTM), and F5's customizable iRules scripting technology became the cornerstone of its new infrastructure.

First American's IT department supports more than 200 business units and 600 enterprise applications. To improve service levels to internal users, the company redesigned its network and application delivery infrastructure using ADN technology from F5 and virtualization technology from VMware. The new environment supports up to 5,000 virtual machines and uses BIG-IP LTM to manage application traffic among servers in its corporate data centers. The solution also includes BIG-IP GTM for global load balancing and disaster recovery.

By deploying F5 solutions, First American has realized significant gains from both its physical and virtual servers. "Without BIG-IP, the user experience wouldn't be on par with what our people expect," said Jake Seitz, Enterprise Architect at First American. "The F5 devices have helped improve application performance in both physical and virtual server environments. With BIG-IP, we've been able to speed the performance of our predominant enterprise application by nearly 50 percent, and increase the scalability of applications within our virtual server environment by 20 percent."

To learn more about First American's use of F5 solutions, please visit: www.f5.com/pdf/case-studies/first-american-cs.pdf

F5 Customers Report Higher Scalability and Improved Performance

TechValidate, an independent research organization, reports similar results and confirms the value that F5 ADN technologies bring to virtual server environments. Recent survey results show:

  • 73% of IT organizations consider F5's advanced local load balancing features important to the performance, availability, and agility of their virtual infrastructure. (Source: TechValidate. TVID: 24A-E66-FBF)
  • 49% of IT organizations improved availability by combining server virtualization with F5 BIG-IP solutions. (Source: TechValidate. TVID: 9DA-175-F63)
  • 88% of IT organizations improved virtual machine density between 10-40% on a typical server with F5 products. (Source: TechValidate. TVID: 975-FFD-F8D)

"First American has realized significant gains by deploying F5 solutions, both in application performance, and overall operational efficiency," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "The TechValidate survey results capture the benefits that real-world BIG-IP users are experiencing in their virtualized environments. They illustrate the fact that F5 is delivering on its mission of bringing newfound efficiencies to IT departments and higher performance to business users."

F5 Networks to Present at VMworld

F5 will be presenting and exhibiting at the VMworld 2009 conference, taking place at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco from August 31-September 3. Visit F5 Networks at Booth #2302, and go to www.f5.com/news-press-events/events for additional information about F5's presence at VMworld and other industry events. For more information about VMworld, see www.vmworld.com.

About First American

The First American Corporation (NYSE: FAF) is a FORTUNE 500® company that traces its history to 1889. With revenues of approximately $6.2 billion in 2008, it is America's largest provider of business information. First American combines advanced analytics with its vast data resources to supply businesses and consumers with valuable information products to support the major economic events of people's lives, such as getting a job, renting an apartment, buying a car or house, securing a mortgage and opening or buying a business. The First American Family of Companies, many of which command leading market share positions in their respective industries, operate within five primary business segments, including: Title Insurance and Services, Specialty Insurance, Information and Outsourcing Solutions, Data and Analytic Solutions, and Risk Mitigation and Business Solutions. More information about the company and an archive of its press releases can be found at www.firstam.com.

About TechValidate

TechValidate is a trusted third-party service that verifies the usage, configuration, and benefits of technology products and services. The company directly interfaces with business and technology end users to collect and validate information about their deployments. TechValidate's promise to the end-user community is to provide unbiased, verified information about the usage and benefits of technology products and services. More information is available at www.techvalidate.com.

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 www.f5.com.

F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, LTM, Global Traffic Manager, GTM, and iRules 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.

Subhead statistic: 54% of IT organizations were able to run at least 20% more VMs on their servers using BIG-IP. (Source: TechValidate. TVID: D9D-0E8-8BA)

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