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F5 Networks' BIG-IP Controller Awarded Top Honors at FOSE 2000

BIG-IP Recognized as the Best New Product for Communication Hardware Category

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that the BIG-IP® Controller has been honored with the prestigious Best New Product Award under the Communications Hardware category at FOSE, 2000 in Washington D.C. FOSE is the largest information technology exposition serving the government marketplace. The award category encompasses any hardware for use as infrastructure in a network, such as hubs, routers and switches. BIG-IP automatically and intelligently manages Internet traffic to improve the availability and performance of mission-critical Internet servers and applications.

"The judges' selection of F5's BIG-IP Controller as Best New Product underscores F5's understanding of the unique technical requirements of the Federal Government, as well as F5's ability to provide innovative, best-of-breed solutions," said Ken Brown, Director of Federal Sales at F5 Networks. "The flexibility and power of BIG-IP has made it the #1 choice for Military, Intelligence, and Federal Government Civilian agencies' mission critical applications."

About the Best New Product Award

FOSE's Best New Product Award is sponsored by Government Computer News (GCN). All entries are judged in a double-blind process with a panel of more than five GCN editors knowledgeable about each category.

In addition to performance, ease-of-use, and return on investment, judges rated entries based on the following four characteristics:

  • Innovation - How does this product advance the technology? What is unique about this product?
  • Usability - What makes this product appropriate for a Federal user?
  • Specifications - What are the features of this product?
  • Value - What is the price for government users?

About FOSE

FOSE is the largest information technology exposition serving the government marketplace. FOSE began 23 years ago, as the Federal Office Systems Exposition. As technology evolved, so did the show. Today, FOSE features the newest and most exciting integrated IT products and services, as well as comprehensive educational opportunities on the latest IT trends. Over 400 IT companies exhibit at FOSE each year, in over 180,000 square feet of exhibit space. FOSE is focused on the government, the largest buyer of information technology in the world. FOSE draws high-level attendees from the military, civilian, state and local agencies with serious buying plans. FOSE is a mainstay within an industry that constantly changes.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products. The Company's integrated suite of high-performance products automatically and intelligently manage Internet traffic and content to improve the availability and performance of mission-critical Internet servers and applications. F5 Networks helps companies avoid the risk of being burdened with ill-performing networks that do not meet end user expectations, while enabling network administrators to better control and predict the performance of their infrastructure. F5 Networks' products are designed to provide a new level of fault tolerance by shielding users from system failure; optimizing response times to user requests and data flow; and cost-effectively managing an organization's Internet infrastructure. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Columbus, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, The Netherlands, Singapore, Sweden, India and the United Kingdom. F5 Networks is located on the web at

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) Internet Traffic and Content Management products support a wide range of operating systems and hardware platforms including those from: Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ:SUNW), Hewlett Packard (NYSE:HWP), Compaq (NYSE: CPQ), Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), IBM (NYSE:IBM) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC). F5 products work with leading IP-based applications, including legacy host, mainframe, Java, CORBA-based, and client/server applications from vendors such as SAP (NYSE:SAP), BAAN (NASDAQ:BAANF), Novell (NASDAQ:NOVL), Oracle (NASDAQ:ORCL), and PeopleSoft (NASDAQ:PSFT).

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