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F5 Networks Completes BEA Validation Program

BIG-IP products and FirePass fulfill integration testing requirements for BEA WebLogic Server 9.2 and 10

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that BIG-IP® v9 products and the FirePass® v6 SSL VPN appliance have completed the BEA Platform Validation Program and are now verified to integrate with BEA WebLogic Server® 9.2 and WebLogic Server 10. F5 can now assure customers that BIG-IP products (including Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, Application Security Manager, and WebAccelerator) and FirePass are designed to integrate seamlessly with the BEA WebLogic Server 9.2 and WebLogic Server 10 application se rvers from BEA Systems, Inc.

BIG-IP products are Application Delivery Networking solutions that enable organizations to keep their IP-based applications secure, fast, and available. FirePass provides users with secure access to corporate applications and data using a standard web browser and delivers outstanding performance, scalability, ease-of-use, and end-point security.

"F5 Networks and BEA Systems have had a long-standing, deep technology partnership, and this is yet another demonstration of our commitment to ensuring our technologies are designed to work well together," said Calvin Rowland, Director of Business Development for F5. "We are committed to a high level of integration and interoperability with BEA, which can help save mutual customers time, money, and hassle in deploying our solutions."

Open to all partners enrolled in the BEA Partner Program, the BEA Platform Validation Program provides a testing framework to verify the technical readiness of partner solutions that complement, operate with, or extend the BEA WebLogic Platform. BEA tested and validated 1) BIG-IP v9 products for local and wide-area traffic management and session continuity, meeting eight criteria for local and wide-area traffic management, and 2) FirePass v6 for remote access solutions for multi-protocol support, content delivery acceleration, and security, meeting the 24 criteria for remote access solutions. F5 is the first in the industry to secure these validations for a remote access solution for both version 9.2 and 10 of WebLogic Server.

"We're pleased that F5 is participating in the BEA Partner Program and has taken the extra step to validate BIG-IP products and FirePass with BEA WebLogic Server 9.2 and 10," said Howard Zemel, Director of the BEA Partner Program. "BEA's validation program can help accelerate adoption of partners' solutions and increase market opportunities by assuring joint customers that partners' technologies are designed to integrate with the BEA WebLogic Platform."

For a complete listing of BEA's Platform Validation partners, including F5, please visit: Bea website

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 www.f5.com.

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