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F5 Networks Certified as Five-Star Vendor from CMP's VARBusiness Magazine

F5's Advantage Partner Program commended by leading technology publication
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today was recognized by CMP Technology's VARBusiness magazine as one of North America's top information-technology (IT) vendors in terms of partnership programs offered to solution providers.

F5 was certified as a Five-Star Partner, affirming the commitment and strength of its programs for IT integrators, resellers, and consultants. According to VARBusiness, vendors are honored for the way they monitor partner members' training and certification levels, the amount of business they generate, the amount of products or services they sell indirectly, and the number of dollars they invest in their programs, among other factors.

"We're thrilled to receive this high honor from VARBusiness," said Dean Darwin, Vice President of North America Channels at F5. "By combining a commitment to excellence, innovative solutions, partner rewards, and community support, F5 has a recipe that ensures partners thrive. Through the channel, we continue to build mutually beneficial relationships based on industry-leading technology and a singular dedication to success. A Five-Star rating proves we're on the right track with our partners, as well as our customers."

Of the 250+ vendor-program entries reviewed for the past year, only 60 companies received the coveted Five-Star rating in the magazine's 13th annual Partner Programs Guide survey. Past recipients of this respected distinction include Apple, IBM, Intel, and Microsoft. The year's guide appears in the March 19, 2007, issue of VARBusiness.

"We applaud vendors like F5 for demonstrating best practices and for the leadership roles they have achieved within the IT distribution channel," said VARBusiness editor Lawrence M. Walsh.

To learn more about F5's award-winning Advantage Partner Program, please visit

About VARBusiness Magazine

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the Solution Provider community. VARBusiness provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships and customers. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design. Additional information about VARBusiness products, events and services, is available at its Web site,

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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