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F5 Launches Powerful Incentive and Rewards Program for TrafficShield and FirePass Resellers

F5's unprecedented investment in program gives resellers a substantial advantage in the market and provides compelling opportunities for partners' salespeople, engineers and executives

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today unveiled its new Secure Advantage Partner Program, the first campaign of its kind from F5 designed exclusively for FirePass® and TrafficShield™ resellers. F5's Secure Advantage program provides ongoing and comprehensive incentives and education for partner salespeople, sales engineers and executives of Security Solution Providers.

The Secure Advantage program is based upon direct partner feedback and delivers numerous benefits, including:

  • "Sweet 16" Deal Registration - An incentive plan that protects a partner's investment in the sales cycle with generous discounts for registered security opportunities.
  • "Sweet 16" Rewards - A program that enables sales and engineering staff to earn points toward prizes such as flat panel TVs and camping gear. Partner personnel can track their progress in the program and spend points on merchandise at a special "Sweet 16" web site.
  • Special Grand Prize - A ski vacation in Banff, Alberta, Canada in Q1 2006 for the top eight sales representatives and their travel companions.
  • Enhanced Education - New training, certification courses, and online resources.

"F5's Secure Advantage program is comprehensive," said Mike Brame, Director of Sales at TechPower Solutions. "It protects our investment in the sales cycle, offers our sales staff very compelling incentives, and provides the education and online resources our personnel need to flourish in the marketplace."

"The Sweet 16 Promotion is a huge advantage for F5," said Brian Borland, Principal, Capital Technology Group. "They already have significant momentum in the security market because of the strength of their security products. This program will solidify their standing as a market leader in application security."

Besides merchandise, partner sales engineers can earn points towards scholarships by participating in F5 training, certification courses, Strongbox™ deployments and F5 product installations. In addition to the rewards, F5 has strengthened the education it provides for FirePass and TrafficShield resellers. Among the changes, F5 has enhanced its Partner Resource Center to better educate Secure Advantage Program members and is continuing to make improvements in its online training tools and security product certification programs. F5 launched its FirePass certification curriculum in October and will soon offer two new security product certification courses. A F5 University course covering FirePass and advanced online training focused on TrafficShield are currently under development.

"The Secure Advantage program sends a clear signal of F5's strong commitment to security-focused solution providers," said Lee Finck, Director of North American Channels at F5 Networks. "The program not only provides incentives and education, it gives our security focused partners valuable protection of the investment they make in the sales cycle. F5's Secure Advantage partners have a significant margin advantage in the bidding process, giving them an enormous edge over the competition. At the same time, salespeople, engineers, and executives can all earn points toward exciting rewards."

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 6,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to www.f5.com

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