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F5 Networks' BIG-IP Controller Sweeps Network Computing's Well-Connected Awards

Judges select BIG-IP as the winner for both 'Web Content Switching' and 'Load Balancing' categories for its superior ability to intelligently direct and manage traffic, while delivering optimal Layer 7 performance

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 awarded top honors in two categories of CMP Media LLC's Network Computing Well-Connected Awards. BIG-IP topped the categories of (1) 'Service Providers and Outsourcing, Web Content Switching' and (2) 'Infrastructure, Load Balancing Solution', over competing solutions from Nortel (Alteon), Foundry, and Radware. BIG-IP was chosen for its superior ability to automatically and intelligently control Internet traffic and content, ensuring that mission-critical web servers and other devices are continuously available and performing reliability.

"We're very honored by this recognition and are pleased that CMP's Real-World Labs® agree that F5 delivers the highest value proposition to the market for web content switching and load balancing," said Jeff Pancottine, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at F5 Networks. "This is yet another significant win for BIG-IP and a reflection of the uniquely powerful capabilities that BIG-IP delivers to enterprises and service providers. Customers can look forward to ongoing product

enhancements and differentiating features of BIG-IP, like OneConnect™ Content Switching, announced today. This feature is a prime example of how BIG-IP continues to advance in order to provide customers with dramatic performance gains and simplified management of their web infrastructure."

The winners of the Network Computing Well-Connected Awards were announced at a gala event on Monday, May 7th held at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, NV. All winners and finalists are highlighted in the May 14th issue of Network Computing and also on Network Computing Online.

About the BIG-IP Controller

BIG-IP is a high availability, load balancing product that provides intelligent management of Internet traffic and content. Because BIG-IP provides true Layer 7 management capabilities, it can make more granular and intelligent load balancing decisions. BIG-IP can identify specific traffic based on HTTP header information or IP address to determine where a customer request should be sent - directing traffic to a set of servers or devices that can best service the request. HTTP header load balancing is one of BIG-IP's numerous methods of intelligent traffic control that gives e-Businesses nearly unlimited flexibility and manageability over the flow of IP-based traffic.

"The Well-Connected Awards are given to products, technologies and services that have withstood testing in our Real-World Labs®, and proven to be essential to meeting business initiatives," said Fritz Nelson, Publisher of CMP's Network Computing. According to Nelson, "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."

About Network Computing

Network Computing is published by CMP Media LLC, Manhasset, N.Y. From emerging companies to service providers, Network Computing 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 LLC

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. 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, 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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