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F5 Networks Customers Lulu and Medtronic Named Finalists for Storage Networking World's Best Practices in Storage Award

Both recognized in "Selecting and Deploying Storage Networks" category at Computerworld's premier U.S. storage event

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that two of its customers, and Medtronic, have been named finalists for Storage Networking World's Best Practices in Storage Awards, in the category of "Selecting and Deploying Storage Networks."

Lulu, the premier marketplace for new digital content on the Internet, has been recognized for its recent deployment of a file storage virtualization solution. Featuring F5 Acopia ARX® systems and FreedomFabric™ software, the implementation has helped to enable the company's rapid growth, including that of its file storage environment by almost 300% annually.

"We store all content indefinitely," said Bill Montgomery, Manager of Information Systems at Lulu. "As a consequence, our storage resources would fill up frequently, forcing us to reallocate and move content around manually, and keep our application database synchronized with those changes. We also had dozens of mount points across dozens of application servers, which had become unmanageable. With one to two hours of engineering time each day dedicated to these efforts, it was becoming a taxing drain on resources. Moreover, we were concerned about possible performance implications. The file storage virtualization solution has provided us with the ability to vastly simplify our data layout, reduce the number of mount points, and make the movement of data automated and transparent to the business. Moreover, the storage tiering capabilities have allowed Lulu to realize significant capital expenditure savings by automatically moving non-critical business data off of expensive storage resources to lower cost storage alternatives." Montgomery continued, "From a corporate perspective, Lulu has been delighted with the positive strategic impact the file storage virtualization solution has had on the business. To now have it recognized by one of the most important award programs in the industry is very exciting and indeed a great honor."

"There are many unsung heroes in any successful business organization, and through our awards programs, it is our goal to help bring recognition to the IT professionals who have helped pave the way for that success. It is our hope that being named a finalist for this prestigious award will lead to the recognition that these individuals and their departments rightly deserve," said Ron Milton, Executive Vice President at Computerworld.

"Both Lulu and Medtronic have experienced phenomenal business growth which has led to inevitable IT and business challenges. Consequently, both have turned to file storage virtualization, featuring F5 Acopia technology, as the solution," said Christopher P. Lynch, SVP of Data Solutions at F5. "We are of course delighted that their endeavors have been recognized by the highly esteemed Awards Program judges, including the industry's leading analysts, Computerworld editors, as well as their peers. We offer heartfelt congratulations to Lulu and Medtronic, along with all the other finalists, and wish them all the greatest of luck."

The "Best Practices in Storage" Awards Ceremony will take place at SNW Fall 2007 on Wednesday, October 17, during its Gala Evening, which will include special entertainment by the renowned "Capitol Steps." Further information can be found at

About Computerworld

Computerworld is the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld.s award-winning web site (, weekly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world.s largest (40+ edition) global IT media network. In the past five years alone, Computerworld has won more than 100 awards, including Folio Magazine.s 2006 Gold EDDIE Award for the best technology/computing magazine, the 2004 and 2006 Magazine of the Year Award, and 2006 Best Overall Web Publication from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE). In addition, in 2007 Computerworld.s editor-in-chief Don Tennant received the prestigious Timothy White Award from American Business Media. Computerworld leads the industry with an online audience of over 2 million unique monthly visitors and a print audience of 1,252,000 readers each week (IntelliQuest CIMS Fall 2006).

About International Data Group (IDG)

International Data Group (IDG) is the world's leading technology media, events, and research company. IDG.s online network includes more than 450 Web sites spanning business technology, consumer technology, digital entertainment, and video games worldwide. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries including CIO, CSO, Computerworld, GamePro, InfoWorld, Macworld, Network World, and PC World. IDG's lead-generation service, IDG Connect, matches technology companies with an audience of engaged, high-quality IT professionals, influencers, and decision makers. IDG is a leading producer of more than 750 technology-related events including Macworld Conference & Expo, LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Entertainment for All Expo (E for All), DEMO, and IDC Directions. IDC, a subsidiary of IDG, is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events. Over 900 IDC analysts in more than 90 countries provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends. Additional information about IDG, a privately held company, is available at

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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