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F5 Networks' BIG-IP 5000 Selected 'Product of the Year' and 'Best Content Switch' by Network Computing

F5 dominates Well Connected Awards' Infrastructure category with its high-performance IP Application Switch, the ultimate solution for enterprises delivering their business applications using Internet technologies

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), today announced that its BIG-IP® 5000 was selected as the 'Infrastructure Product of the Year' and the 'Best Content Switch'; winning two prestigious Well Connected Awards from Network Computing. F5's performance-leading IP Application Switch was chosen for its innovative, performance-leading features that provide customers with all the intelligent traffic handling, processing power, and security that is required to deliver enterprise applications over IP networks.

"The Well-Connected Awards are given to products, technologies and services that have withstood testing by our editors over an enterprise and in real world environments-they have proven to be essential to meeting business initiatives," said Fritz Nelson, Publisher of CMP's Network Computing. "When a product receives a Well-Connected Award, it is an important endorsement-it is the top in its category and carries through with its promise of excellence."

The BIG-IP 5000, an application switch optimized and designed to deeply inspect enterprise IP application traffic, offers customers unprecedented high availability and control over their applications, servers and network. The solution applies advanced business rules to ensure superior QoS (Quality of Service), is flexible to support nearly any type of IP traffic, has port density for scale and economy, and secures all traffic through SSL.

"We're pleased that the BIG-IP has won these two significant awards and that the Network Computing judges appreciate the huge value proposition our solution delivers to enterprises and service providers," said Dan Matte, vice-president of product management and marketing at F5 Networks. "The beauty of F5's IP Application Switch is that it's a highly scalable and adaptive solution that can evolve with the demands placed on enterprise and service provider networks today and in the future. Additionally, they value the solution's all-in-one approach that combines intelligent traffic management, SSL acceleration, and Layer 2-7 switching to help them drive down the total cost of ownership of their network infrastructure."

The winners of the Network Computing Well-Connected Awards were revealed at a ceremony during one of the industry's largest trade shows, NetWorld+Interop 2002 Las Vegas. All winners will be highlighted in the May 13th issue of Network Computing and also on Network Computing Online

About Network Computing

Network Computing published by CMP Media LLC, Manhasset, N.Y., defines the core issues facing people who manage technology in business -analyzing the critical decision points in purchasing the products, technologies and services that achieve corporate initiatives. Twice a month 220,000 IT professionals turn to Network Computing to get the information they need to make the right purchase decisions.

About CMP Media

CMP Media LLC is a leading high-tech media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences, custom publishing, testing and consulting.

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 iControl. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, secure, 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 www.f5.com.

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