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F5 Networks Announces DevCentral - An Online Collaborative Resource to Support Fast-Growing iControl Adoption

Free program provides extensive resources to F5 partners, resellers and customers who recognize iControl as an essential component to bridging the gap between applications and the network

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced the introduction of F5 DevCentral a free online developer program, in response to the broad adoption of its iControl™ API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Development Kit). F5 DevCentral provides network administrators and application developers with extensive tools, tips, techniques, and community resources designed to speed iControl development and act as a forum to share best practices. The site features an online discussion forum, free downloads, sample code sharing, an e-newsletter, and extensive documentation. F5 DevCentral will enable more organizations to take advantage of F5's powerful iControl technology.

"F5 DevCentral offers a unique approach in building a developer community by bringing two disparate groups together - network professionals and application developers," said Ron Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, LLC. "Never before have application developers had the power to manage devices on the network through Web services-based software applications. With iControl and DevCentral, the possibilities are virtually limitless. DevCentral offers a central place for these newly-empowered developers to learn the basics of solutions development and quickly take advantage of the benefits associated with cohesive integration between networks and applications."

Two years ago, F5 announced iControl, which delivered on a revolutionary vision in networking technology; for the first time, software was able to interact directly with network devices in an automated manner. Through a Web services SOAP/XML interface, iControl enables F5 network devices to integrate directly with any third-party application. The result is faster integration utilizing common development languages including Java, Visual Basic/C#, or Perl, that enables intelligent, feature-rich communication between applications and the network. Over the past 18 months, F5 has continued to expand on this leadership, releasing updated iControl APIs and supporting SDK resources that enable customers and partners to better leverage the extensive functionality of F5 products.

To date, over 1,000 enterprises, ISV partners and solution providers have downloaded the iControl SDK, and more than 120 customers worldwide have developed production implementations of iApps (iControl Applications). Industry-leading ISVs, including BEA Systems, Microsoft, Mercury Interactive, Oracle, Sanctum, webMethods, and others, have utilized iControl to integrate their products, which can enable them to work in concert with the underlying network for expanded control and automation.

"F5 Networks continues to lead the way with Web services at the network tier," said Scott Garvey, director of Web services marketing at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT). "With support for the Web Services Extensions 1.0 (WSE) for Microsoft Visual Studio.NET, F5 has demonstrated its ability to enable developers to quickly support advanced Web services standards. F5 DevCentral introduces another critical ingredient into the mix, enabling iControl developers to get the guidance and resources they need to deliver rich Web services based applications."

"By offering iControl for BEA WebLogic Workshop, F5 has made their Web Services Availability Manager accessible to the large community of mainstream application developers building enterprise-class applications on BEA WebLogic Platform," said Scott Edgington, vice president and general manager, BEA Systems (NASDAQ: BEAS). "F5's DevCentral will be a perfect complement for F5 and BEA developers using the F5 iControl for WebLogic Workshop, and can provide the resources they need to deliver optimized business integration solutions with unprecedented productivity."

"DevCentral sets F5 Networks apart from other networking vendors by enabling us to better leverage their industry-leading Application Traffic Management products and build network-aware solutions based on their iControl technology," said Steve Giovannetti, CTO and founder of Hub City Media. "DevCentral is a growing, valuable, community of developers and engineers; combined with their knowledge-base of tools, tips, and techniques, DevCentral is a place where our developers can hone their skills with F5 products. We believe in F5's iControl and we'll use it to build solutions that help us establish competitive selling advantages and profitable services opportunities."

"In countless organizations, we continue to see a disconnect between applications and the networks that support them," said Dan Matte, vice president of product management and marketing at F5 Networks. "When applications fail or performance suffers, the response is predictable; most application teams believe the network teams are to blame and vice versa. With F5 DevCentral's resources for both network administrators and application developers, we enable collaboration between the groups and address a common problem throughout most enterprises."

F5 DevCentral provides a program and collaborative forum that offers guidance about innovative ways to integrate applications and network infrastructure for any organization. DevCentral program highlights include:

  • iApp Quickstart - Guide for configuring development tools and F5 products to begin developing iControl iApps immediately.
  • Docs and Tips - Collection of technical tips and best practices documentation for iApp development.
  • iApp Forum - Source for assistance, tips and troubleshooting iApp development and deployment.
  • Codeshare - Online source for iApp samples and code shared by members of the DevCentral community to speed development and collaborate on best practices.
  • Download Center - Collection of F5 and partner provided downloads, including the iControl SDK to speed development and reduce configuration and set-up time.
  • DevCentral News - A regular e-newsletter offering tips, techniques and updates on the latest iApp activities from F5, partners and DevCentral community members.

Availability

DevCentral is available today at devcentral.f5.com and is free to all network professionals and application developers interested in learning how to take advantage of this powerful technology. The iControl SDK is available as a free download for all DevCentral members, customers and partners.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the industry leader in Application Traffic Management, enabling enterprises and service providers to optimize any mission-critical application or Web service, providing secure and predictable delivery of application traffic in an unpredictable environment. Through F5's unique open iControl™ API, third party applications and network devices can take an active role in shaping network traffic, delivering application aware networks that allow customers to direct traffic based on their exact business requirements. Our solutions optimize the availability, security and speed of mission-critical servers and applications, including enterprise applications, Web services, mobile IP applications, Web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. F5's 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, Japan and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the Web at www.f5.com.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

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