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F5 Networks Announces Siebel 7.7 Validation and Cooperative Support Agreement

F5's BIG-IP Product is the First Supported Traffic Management Solution Integrated with Siebel 7.7 for Optimized Application Availability, Scalability and Security

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of application traffic management products and Siebel Systems, Inc., a leading provider of business applications software, today announced that F5's BIG-IP® product has been successfully validated for use with Siebel 7.7. Siebel Systems has also added BIG-IP to the group of technology platforms it supports and the two companies have entered into a cooperative support agreement which will provide fast and efficient resolution of technical support issues for joint customers. With this announcement, both companies are demonstrating a substantial investment in development and training, delivering to Siebel 7.7 customers a more advanced and integrated choice for optimizing their users' experience.

BIG-IP solutions are architected to serve enterprises that have strict, mission-critical requirements for high availability, scalability, performance and security of their networks. Deploying the BIG-IP product with Siebel 7.7 enables customers to optimize their CRM platform investment by maximizing application availability and traffic throughput, without the need to add more servers. Additionally, this validation automates most of the BIG-IP device configuration with Siebel 7.7, saving time and reducing errors to provide a lower total cost of ownership.

"Opening support for industry leading providers of traffic management systems, such as F5 Networks' BIG-IP product, is one of the most significant enhancements to the Siebel 7.7 platform for reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO)," said Skip Bacon, Vice President of Technology Product Marketing. "By working with industry leaders such as F5 we have added new capabilities that will significantly drive customers' operational costs down while improving overall reliability. We validated F5's BIG-IP products and invested in training Siebel Systems support staff because we believe that this solution will deliver significant added-value to Siebel deployments."

To address the support needs for joint customers, F5 and Siebel Systems have entered into a Cooperative Support Agreement. This agreement details the process that the two companies will use to effectively respond to, and resolve, joint customer support requests. To further increase efficiencies and value, customers can use F5 Networks' open iControl® Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Development Kit (SDK) to create further integration between BIG-IP and Siebel business applications.

"F5 pioneered the concept of application-aware networks nearly four years ago and we've continued to lead the industry with meaningful and deep technology partnerships," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "With this announcement, we've taken our longstanding partnership with Siebel Systems to a new level, through technology integration and training and support."

Siebel Systems forms alliances with proven technology leaders to deliver tangible business benefits throughout the enterprise. By choosing Siebel IT Service Management and validated partner solutions, Siebel customers can pursue a best-of-class software acquisition strategy. The Siebel Validation Program applies rigorous technical scrutiny to evaluate the integration of third-party solutions with Siebel business applications. Integrations that meet the strict testing criteria are validated and documented by the Siebel Validation Program. Validation documentation is available on the Siebel Partner Directory at:

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

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