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F5 Networks' BIG-IP Validated to be Compatible with Oracle Application Server 10g

F5 delivers maximum availability, scalability, performance and security of Oracle applications; testing provides quicker, easier deployment of joint solution

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader of Application Traffic Management products and partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, today announced its market-leading BIG-IP® product has been validated for use with Oracle Application Server 10g. When deployed with Oracle Application Server 10g, the BIG-IP product ensures fast delivery, always-on access, peak security and easy expansion for applications running on Oracle.

Oracle Application Server 10g meets customers' demand for up-to-date business information with reliable, scalable and cost-effective grid computing. With grid computing, organizations can leverage the use of many low-cost, modular servers acting as one computer, making their applications more scalable and less expensive to deploy and manage. Oracle Application Server 10g's built-in clustering can be combined with a traffic management solution to help ensure that user requests are always routed to the most available server on the grid. This is a key driver behind Oracle's testing of F5's BIG-IP product.

The testing documentation and configurations that Oracle used to test the BIG-IP product on Oracle Application Server 10g are available on the Oracle Technology Network site The documentation enables customers to benefit from a proven traffic management solution that can be easily and rapidly configured in an Oracle 10g environment.

"The testing demonstrates that the F5 and Oracle technologies work together to provide enterprise-class application performance and availability that organizations demand today," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "By using a tested, proven and documented solution, customers can deploy our joint solution quickly and with the highest degree of confidence."

Deployed with Oracle Application Server 10g, the BIG-IP product provides intelligent traffic management and failover for Oracle 10g middle tier and infrastructure servers. Through advanced health checking capabilities, the BIG-IP product recognizes when resources are unavailable or under-performing and directs traffic to another resource. The BIG-IP product can also track Oracle Application Server 10g end-user sessions, enabling the application server to maintain client session data. The BIG-IP product significantly enhances application performance by offloading intensive SSL processing from Oracle web servers, allowing them to continue serving application content to end-users.

"Oracle's testing and validation of the BIG-IP product with Oracle Application Server 10g helps lower risk and deployment costs for our joint customers," said John Gawkowski, vice president of Business Development for Server Technologies at Oracle Corp. "Oracle Application Server 10g is the first middleware platform designed specifically for grid computing. F5's BIG-IP product works well within an overall grid computing environment."

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, visit the F5 Web site:

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

The Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 13,000 companies that deliver innovative enterprise software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle's premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today's Internet economy. Oracle partners are able to offer customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle's position as the world's largest enterprise software company.

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