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F5 Networks Announces New Solution Developer Program to Help Partners Expand Reach of Their iControl-Integrated Applications

Worldwide program supports partners using F5's unique open API to create new solutions that integrate with F5's Application Traffic Management architecture

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced the iControl™ Solution Developer Alliance Program to support the rapidly growing community of solution providers, developers, and integrators adopting F5's iControl API (Application Programming Interface) for use in creating a broad range of new solutions. The program allows developers to capitalize on their existing skills to develop new, complementary packaged solutions and consulting offerings to customers worldwide. By taking advantage of this program, iControl solution developers can differentiate their company and offerings while garnering new revenue opportunities. F5's iControl API enables 3rd party developers and integrators to build iControl-integrated applications that help customers maximize the return on their application investments.

The Solution Developer program was developed in direct response to a growing worldwide community of VARs, consultants, and integrators who share a common vision with F5. They understand that applications must work in concert with the underlying network for optimal application performance, reliability and increased operational efficiencies. Solution developers worldwide have begun building and promoting innovative new applications that complement F5 solutions, providing enhancements that solve key customer challenges.

SSI hubcity specializes in innovative software infrastructure development for the Java platform. "Because iControl supports SOAP/XML Web services, it was extremely easy for our developers to extend their skills to developing solutions that help applications and the network work in concert," said Steve Giovannetti, CEO of SSI hubcity. "Now, F5's Solution Developer program will assist us in reaching customers who can benefit from our solutions that leverage the iControl API."

F5's Solution Developer Program enables members to increase their reach by collaborating with other solution developers and consultants worldwide, increasing market potential in other geographic markets. The program gives them access to a variety of marketing and promotion opportunities to help support their marketing efforts for their newly created solutions.

  • Solution Developer Program Materials - Access to marketing templates which guide partners in promoting their solutions, including messaging, presentations, press releases, and other resources to help increase solution marketing success.
  • Online Marketing Activities - Partner solutions will be promoted on the F5 web site, via F5 newsletters to over 12,000 customer and partner contacts, and through other targeted activities to generate business opportunities.
  • Promotion to F5 Sales Force and Reseller Channels - Introduction of partner's offerings to F5 sales force and resellers worldwide, increasing the reach of their value-added applications.
  • Online Technical Resources - Free access to F5 DevCentral, an online iControl forum for developers, and AskF5.

The iControl Solution Developers Program gives 3rd parties an opportunity to differentiate their businesses by creating packaged or customized, value-added iControl-based solutions that save customers time and money. These solutions help customers address some of the biggest challenges facing organizations today as they deploy mission- and business critical IP applications.

Examples of Solution Developer Offerings

Predictive application traffic management through advanced application instrumentation. Hub City Media delivers the most advanced, proactive traffic flow adjustment solution for organizations that rely on J2EE application servers to deliver mission critical applications. Hub City Media is able to deliver this innovative application, coupled with add-value consulting services to meet specific customer needs. (Hub City Media, U.S.: www.hubcitymedia.com)

Secure email transfer for highly secure computing environments. NTT-ME provides email systems deployed in high security environments with an advanced iControl-based communication and protection system designed to prevent unwanted security breaches. NTT-ME can work with individual customers to develop customized, value-add solutions based upon this application to meet unique customer requirements. (NTT-ME Corp., Japan: ifis.ntt-me.co.jp)

Dynamic Blade Provisioning (DBP) to assist with meeting SLA requirements. Clarity's DBP application provides a multi-vendor solution which allows organizations to reallocate blade servers based on variables defined in the DBP provisioning application. iControl provides the functionality to allow BIG-IP to add and remove resources based on the variables defined in the DBP application. (Clarity Technology, U.K.: http://www.clarity-group.co.uk)

Detailed cost recovery and usage analysis for application and network utilization. Promanage enables corporate IT departments to accurately track IT resource usage, allowing them to charge back to individual departments for cost recovery. Along with their solution, Promanage can provide business practice consulting to help customers get the most out of their solution. (Promanage, Australia: www.promanage.com.au)

F5 device management and back-end application management localized in Chinese. Sinogrid puts administrators in control by offering a localized and specialized GUI for managing F5 network and application resources. To tailor this solution to specific customer requirements, Sinogrid offers additional development consulting services to extend this management solution, which can be localized in other languages as well. (Sinogrid, China: www.sinogrid.com)

F5 device management localized in Spanish. Albora Soluciones, a division of Ingram Micro, offers a solution for administrators performing routine maintenance and management of F5 devices including node, pool, virtual server, and node management. The solution speeds common management functions and provides full Spanish language localization. (Albora Soluciones, Spain: www.albora.es/)

Applications, data and network integration consulting. Corporate Technologies offers custom iControl solutions that address IT challenges associated with managing the interaction between applications and network resources for optimized manageability and reduced operating costs. (Corporate Technologies, U.S.: www.cptech.com)

For more details on partner solutions, visit www.f5.com/solutiondeveloper.

"The iControl Solution Developer Programme adds tremendous backing and support to a powerful API for our service driven architecture," said Wayne Gratton, Technology Director of Technical Services for Clarity Technology based in the UK. "iControl provides a tremendous bond between applications and the network layer. The Solution Developer programme will help partners invest in that bond to help drive additional product and consulting revenues. This programme is strong proof of F5's commitment to the application space."

Pricing and Availability

The iControl Solution Developer Program is available today at no charge. Solution providers and consultants interested in participating in this program should visit http://www.f5.com/partners/advAlliance/solDevPartner/ to learn more about program benefits and how to get started. To learn more about the iControl API visit www.f5.com/f5products/iControl/.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks keeps IP-based traffic flowing and business information always available to any user from any device, anywhere in the world. Our products ensure secure and reliable access to servers and the applications that run on them. F5 also provides tools to automate communications between applications and the network, eliminating tedious, manual processes.

As the pioneers of intelligent load balancing, F5's continued innovations help businesses optimize and protect their IT investments. Our mission is to ensure the availability, scalability, performance, and security of IT resources that enterprises require to successfully do business. Over 6,000 enterprises and service providers rely on F5 solutions 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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