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F5 Networks' 3-DNS Controller Brings Home InternetWeek's Prestigious 'Best of Breed' Award

Comprehensive testing of global load balancing products by the well-respected InternetWeek test labs places F5 Networks at the top
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that the 3-DNS® Controller has earned InternetWeek's prestigious 'Best-of-Breed' award - receiving the top rating over competing global load balancing products from Nortel Networks, Foundry Networks, and Radware. According to the InternetWeek review, the 3-DNS Controller's winning highlights include its overall maturity; easy configuration and management; superior reporting features and alerting functions; a broad feature set; and a DNS server that ranks among the best in the industry.

"Receiving the 'Best-of-Breed' award from InternetWeek is an honor for F5 and also reinforces why our customers are so enthusiastic about our products and services," said Jeff Pancottine, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at F5 Networks. "We're proud because all of F5's iTCM products have been consistently receiving recognition and honors by key industry organizations. These consistent wins are a reflection of F5's ability to deliver innovative products that solve customers' problems today in the most effective way."

InternetWeek's Summary of the 3-DNS Controller

According to the InternetWeek write up, "The 3-DNS Controller is a mature product that is easy to configure and manage. The 3-DNS Controller has a very rich feature set, with a DNS server that is worth the cost of the product by itself. It will work with any local load balancer, and provide high levels of functionality in reporting and data gathering with many other vendors' products." Additionally, InternetWeek cited:

  • Great value, feature set, maturity
  • A DNS server that might alone be worth the price
  • The only product to offer built-in e-mail or pager alerts
  • Excellent security

About the 3-DNS Controller

The 3-DNS Controller is a 24x7 high availability, intelligent load balancing product for geographically distributed Internet sites and data centers. 3-DNS intelligently distributes traffic to multiple Internet sites - regardless of platform type - based on information about the site's availability and network's "health". 3-DNS ensures that end users are sent to a site that is available and provides the best response. 3-DNS' industry-first CDN Peering capabilities allows e-businesses to cost-effectively and easily send traffic to a 3rd party network, based on specific business needs. The CDN then becomes a managed extension of the customer's network, allowing traffic to overflow to a CDN (overflow insurance), or peer traffic between CDNs based on other criteria. No other wide area load balancer offers this capability.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at www.f5.com.

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