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F5 Networks Announces Support for the IBM eServer BladeCenter

F5's BIG-IP Blade Controller maximizes the availability, scalability, and operational efficiencies of the new IBM blade server platform
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic Management (ITM) products, today announced its support of IBM's new eServer BladeCenter to provide customers with the ability to create flexible and customized business solutions with BladeCenter. F5's market-leading BIG-IP® Blade Controller runs on a blade and offers increased efficiencies for enterprises by maximizing the availability, performance and scalability of the blade server platform. IBM's BladeCenter architecture provides a modular infrastructure that is designed to help maximize productivity, minimize IT administration and lower customers' total cost of management.

"Already taxed IT departments are forced to accomplish much more with less; yet are under growing pressure to architect high-performance systems that can support the heavy lifting associated with web services and enterprise applications, "said Jeff Benck, Director IBM xSeries servers. "The need for IBM's high density BladeCenter solution is clear as our customers are demanding increased computing density, smaller form factors, and decreased cost of ownership. F5's BIG-IP Blade Controller is designed to help ensure high availability and optimize our BladeCenter solution by intelligently directing traffic to the most optimal resource."

F5 Networks' BIG-IP Blade Controller optimizes any blade server environment by providing the richest and most flexible features for Internet traffic management. It has the unique ability to take preemptive measures to prevent application, server or network problems and creates massive economies of scale in computing, cost savings, and personnel resources. The BIG-IP Blade Controller is a critical extension of any blade server platform since it virtualizes individual blades and applications; presenting them as a single entity for simplified management.

"IBM's BladeCenter solution effectively addresses the data center problems of limited space, high energy costs, and complex hardware management," said John Bigelow, vice president and general manager, F5 Networks Software Business. "With the BIG-IP Blade Controller software, F5 extends the benefits of IBM's BladeCenter by directing data and application traffic to the best performing blades within the environment, ensuring complete high availability and business continuity."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic Management (ITM) 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 and availability 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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