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F5 Networks Announces Siebel 7 Validation

F5 joins Siebel Alliance Program and successfully integratesBIG-IP solution with Siebel eBusiness Applications

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that Siebel Systems has successfully validated the interoperability between F5's BIG-IP® version 4 and Siebel eBusiness Applications version 7. F5 has also joined the Siebel Alliance Program. Siebel Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SEBL) is the world's leading provider of eBusiness applications software.

F5's BIG-IP version 4 offers industry-leading security and high availability through load balancing and intelligent management of IP traffic. BIG-IP ensures that mission-critical Web servers and Internet-based applications are continuously available and performing reliably and that traffic is sent to the best performing Web server at any given time. Siebel Systems provides an integrated family of eBusiness applications software, enabling multichannel sales, marketing, and customer service systems to be deployed over the Web, in call centers, in the field, through reseller channels, and across retail and dealer networks. With this validation, joint customers of Siebel Systems and F5 Networks have immediate access to an enterprise-class solution that enhances the reliability and performance of Web servers in the Siebel 7 environment, adding value to their Siebel eBusiness Applications investments.

The integration of F5's BIG-IP version 4 with Siebel eBusiness Applications allows enterprises to achieve greater reliability and scalability and increased performance of their network and Siebel 7 applications. BIG-IP provides advanced traffic management capabilities and the application/user persistence required to scale and ensure transaction and session integrity for Siebel eBusiness Applications. With BIG-IP, the network is optimized to handle more traffic throughput, without adding more equipment, for a greater ROI. The solution also provides high availability and superior Quality of Service (QoS) through BIG-IP fail-over capabilities. If one BIG-IP or a Web server goes down, fail-over to the backup or redundant BIG-IP or Web server occurs without interruption in service.

The goal of the Siebel Systems-F5 alliance is to offer customers a high-performance, easy-to-deploy, and tested solution that ensures the reliability and scalability of Siebel 7 applications. By deploying F5's BIG-IP with Siebel eBusiness Applications, Global 2000 companies are able to deliver a much higher-quality Web application experience to their end users.

BIG-IP sits between the enterprise network and the Siebel 7 environment, directing traffic to the most available Web server. From this position in the network, BIG-IP also enhances Siebel 7 application performance by efficiently offloading server-draining SSL encryption/decryption from Web servers. BIG-IP's unique Extended Application Verification (EAV) feature influences traffic management decisions by monitoring the health of Web servers in the Siebel 7 environment. This monitoring and management feature is further extended by F5's Internet Control Architecture (iControl) API, which allows applications to programmatically communicate with BIG-IP and influence traffic management decisions. Integration between BIG-IP and Siebel 7 has been validated and is immediately available.

"Siebel Systems' outstanding technology and market leadership have significantly impacted the way companies conduct business," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "F5's BIG-IP, with its fast and flexible Layer 7 performance and robust security, has become an essential component for most enterprises delivering business-critical applications over Internet technologies. We believe that with the addition of F5's capabilities, Siebel Systems' customers will further benefit through the ability to achieve higher uptime, increased performance, and greater scalability of their Siebel eBusiness Applications infrastructure."

"We're pleased that F5 has joined the Siebel Alliance Program," said Michael Straub, Technical Director, Alliances at Siebel Systems. "The integration of Siebel eBusiness Applications with F5's BIG-IP delivers compatible architectures and industry-leading technologies, providing a uniquely powerful and seamless solution that allows companies to efficiently build dynamic customer relationships."

Siebel Systems forms alliances with proven technology leaders to deliver tangible business benefits throughout the enterprise. By choosing Siebel eBusiness Applications and validated partner solutions, Siebel Systems' customers can pursue a best-of-class software acquisition strategy and quickly deploy the very best solution available. The Siebel Validation Program applies rigorous technical scrutiny to evaluate the integration of third-party solutions with Siebel eBusiness Applications. Integrations that meet the rigorous standards of Siebel Systems' testing criteria are validated and documented by the Siebel Alliance Program.

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

About Siebel Systems

Siebel Systems, Inc. is the world's leading provider of eBusiness applications software. Siebel Systems provides an integrated family of eBusiness applications software, enabling multichannel sales, marketing, and customer service systems to be deployed over the Web, in call centers, in the field, through reseller channels, and across retail and dealer networks. Siebel Systems' sales and service facilities are located in more than 32 countries. For more information, please visit Siebel Systems' Web site.

Siebel Systems is a trademark of Siebel Systems, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. All other product and company names mentioned are the property of their respective owners and are mentioned for identification purposes only.

Except for the historical information contained herein, this press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risk or uncertainties. Future operating results of Siebel Systems may differ from the results discussed or forecasted in the forward-looking statements due to factors that include, but are not limited to, risks associated with customer relations, such as the availability of Siebel Systems' products and services, customer implementation of products and services, relationships with customers, third-party vendors and systems integrators, concentration of revenues in a relatively small number of customers, existence of errors or defects in products, ability to successfully manage growth, significant current and expected additional competition and the need to continue to expand product distribution and services offerings. Further information on potential factors that could affect the financial results of Siebel Systems are included in Siebel Systems' Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available at Siebel Systems assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release.

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