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F5 Launches Evaluation Leasing and Management Programs through GE's Access Distribution

New Programs Streamline Process of Securing Evaluation Units for F5 Partners

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today launched two new evaluation programs in North America with its distributor, Access Distribution, a General Electric company. The two programs enable F5 partners to fulfill Gold and Premier Level Advantage Partner Program requirements by securing equipment on loan from Access Distribution, or working through Access to provide F5 reseller partners with evaluation units that would be leased through GE Commercial Finance. Access Distribution is part of the Capital Solutions business operating under GE Commercial Finance.

The F5 evaluation program, offered to Access Distribution reseller partners only, enables partners to receive loaner units of F5 equipment directly from Access Distribution to use onsite for customer evaluation. Reseller partners are able to give their customers the opportunity to test F5's equipment prior to making a purchase decision.

Under the new F5 StrongBox leasing program, F5 partners can, instead of purchasing the equipment outright, lease evaluation equipment for their own customer evaluation and testing pool through GE Commercial Finance. To qualify, resellers complete and submit lease application forms to Access Distribution. Access Distribution will then manage the credit approval through GE Commercial Finance, documentation, distribution and tracking of F5 evaluation units shipped to partners.

"With the continued growth in application delivery networking, we are seeing an increase in demand among our reseller partners for F5 solutions," said Anna McDermott, president and CEO, Access Distribution. "To meet this demand, we have combined the financing power of GE with innovative equipment evaluation programs from Access to place F5's solutions into the hands of end users as efficiently as possible. These programs reflect our commitment to providing value-added services that help our reseller partners shorten the sales cycle and close more deals."

"Milestone Systems truly strives to offer cost-effective, integrated, and best-of-breed IT infrastructure solutions," said Mark Greer, Sr. Vice-President of Sales at Milestone Systems, Inc. "We anticipate that this new program with Access Distribution will make it even easier for us to quickly and affordably place F5 evaluation units, which will significantly enhance customer satisfaction and sales as they discover F5 value first hand. It's just another example of why F5 and Access are among the best in the industry to do business with, both for resellers and for our customers."

"Access Distribution is one of most experienced IT distributors in the world, and its dedicated staff has the expert knowledge of F5 products required to support our reseller partners," said Dean Darwin, VP of North America Channels Sales at F5 Networks. "With these new evaluation and leasing programs, Access is further demonstrating its commitment to F5 by making it easy for partners to prove the benefits of F5 solutions in the customer's own environment."

About Access Distribution

Access Distribution, a General Electric company, is a premier value-added technical distributor of complex computer products, solutions and services. With headquarters in Westminster, Colo., its breadth and depth of service and expertise offers its partners industry-leading support as they take complex computer solutions to market. Access Distribution provides innovative solutions to increase its partners' profitability and competitive advantage as it focuses on leading technologies and services in the areas of network security, storage, enterprise applications software and the Sun Microsystems, Inc. systems platform.

Access Distribution has service, logistics and sales offices throughout the U.S. and Canada, and also has operations in Europe. For additional information and press announcements, please visit our web site at or, to contact us by phone, call (800) 733-9333.

Access Distribution. General Electric, GE Access, Access Distribution and the GE monogram are registered trademarks of General Electric Company.

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. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. Additional information about F5 is available on the company's website ( and in its SEC filings.

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