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F5 Networks' Application Traffic Management Products Gain High Exposure Across Key Microsoft Customer Centers

Microsoft selects F5's BIG-IP, FirePass and iControl products for use in Microsoft Technology Centers and Microsoft Partner Solution Center, enabling customers to develop, test and validate the deployment of solutions based on Microsoft technologies

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader of Application Traffic Management, today announced that Microsoft Corporation has selected F5 products for use in its four U.S. based Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs). In addition, Microsoft has named F5 a Sponsor-Level Partner for the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center (MPSC), making F5 the only vendor in the application traffic management market to showcase products at both Microsoft facilities. Microsoft's decisions to include F5 in its customer-facing centers means that a much wider audience will learn about, develop, test and validate F5/Microsoft solutions prior to deployment.

"In choosing our partners, we do careful analysis and look for companies with a proven track record and best-of-breed technologies that can bring significant value to customers who are evaluating Microsoft Enterprise, .NET solutions," said Adam Hecktman, Director, Microsoft Technology Center - Chicago. "Our decision to include F5 Networks in the MTCs and Partner Solutions Center helps customers deploy Microsoft-ready Application Traffic Management solutions with ease, while shortening deployment times due to proven configurations that have been tested and hardened at these facilities."

As a MTC Alliance Member, F5's Application Traffic Management products, including BIG-IP for local and global traffic management, and FirePass for secure remote access, will be showcased and utilized in the US Microsoft Technology Centers. The MTCs, located in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Silicon Valley and soon-to-be opened facility in Reston, VA, include executive briefing centers, a world-class envisioning center, development suites and a leading edge data center.

Situated on Microsoft's main campus in Redmond, Washington, the MPSC facility provides customers and partners with a real-world environment to develop, test and showcase enterprise or hosted Microsoft-based solutions. The site enables industry leaders and innovators to collaborate on solutions and utilize the facility's live data center, training rooms, briefing rooms, labs and demonstration rooms. Microsoft Consulting Services staff are on hand to provide high-level, strategic services to customers and partners.

F5's BIG-IP for local and global traffic management, BIG-IP Link Controller, FirePass Controller, and iControl products are deployed inside the MPSC data center as part of the core, best-of-breed solutions for supporting Enterprise and hosted Microsoft solutions. These solutions might include Windows-based hosting, hosted Exchange, unified communications, server consolidation, SharePoint Services, and others. As a Sponsor-level Partner, F5 has an office on campus with a dedicated engineering staff and Microsoft alliance manager. F5 products are included in solutions tested and piloted by Microsoft at the MPSC. As a sponsor-level partner, it enhances F5's ability to add value to customer deployments of Microsoft solutions.

"Microsoft's selection of F5 products for its technology and partner centers represents a high level commitment towards bringing comprehensive application-aware hosted and .NET-based solutions to customers," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "Now customers can evaluate Microsoft-ready F5 solutions in a real world setting and test design and deployment options at an early stage, ensuring that they have the best solution to fit their needs without incurring undue IT expenses."

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 www.f5.com

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