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F5 Networks Delivers Integrated Support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0

F5's Visual Studio 2005 integration enables .NET Framework-based applications to monitor, control, and automate network device functions -- providing optimal management and operational efficiency in the datacenter

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced that F5's award-winning Application Traffic Management products integrate seamlessly with Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005. The integration delivers a rich, comprehensive functionality accessible via SOAP/XML that allows applications created with Visual Studio 2005 to communicate with the F5 Network platform.

By providing integration with Visual Studio 2005, F5 frees enterprise customers to build powerful applications that can monitor and manage network functions utilizing their preferred Microsoft development languages, such as Visual Basic and Visual C#, which accelerates development speed with reduced incremental training time and expenses. Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 can communicate with and influence the behavior of the underlying network through F5's Application Traffic Management products and iControl™ API (Application Programming Interface). F5's iControl interface enables services and applications to extract or input information in order to adjust application and network behavior via XML Web services.

"Microsoft welcomes F5 Networks' support of Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 to ensure the successful delivery of .NET Framework-based applications," said Christopher Flores, group product manager in the .NET Developer Product Management Group at Microsoft Corp. "Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 highlight Microsoft's commitment to delivering a complete development platform to satisfy every kind of developer, particularly those in the largest enterprises. F5 complements this strategy by providing our mutual customers with a way to interact with their underlying network."

Building upon the groundbreaking iControl integration with Visual Studio.NET 2002 F5 announced over three years ago, Visual Studio 2005 offers a powerful development platform for building rich applications that provide new levels of productivity. This makes it possible to easily create a rich client application that streamlines the monitoring and management of network technology, while simplifying management duties and providing unmatched levels of control. As an example, Visual Studio 2005 can now communicate with F5's BIG-IP® product, access WSDL files, and utilize traditional development languages to build a powerful application that greatly simplifies the day to day management of various network devices.

"F5 Networks continues to make iControl easier to incorporate into development plans by providing deep integration with the most in-demand developer environments such as Visual Studio 2005," said Ronald Schmelzer, senior analyst at ZapThink, LLC. "By providing the means by which the applications and services developed with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 can interact with the underlying network, and especially F5 and its iControl API, make it easier for developers to deploy highly available, scaleable, and reliable Web services."

Additionally, with Visual Studio 2005 and F5's iControl SOAP/XML API and BIG-IP product, organizations can add an increased level of proactive control over .NET Framework-based applications by enabling application exceptions to trigger dynamic network configuration changes that alter traffic flow to clustered servers. If an application component shows symptoms of a pending problem, new requests for that application can be reduced automatically - before the application experiences a failure. Proactively enabling applications to 'self-heal' can help organizations obtain maximum availability of their mission critical application deployments, with minimal user interaction.

"We're pleased to announce that all F5 IP Application Switches and networking products are now compatible with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0," said Jim Ritchings, Vice-President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "Enterprises rolling out XML Web services must consider end-to-end reliability, performance and security - all characteristics of the.NET Framework 2.0. F5 is extending the power of the .NET Framework 2.0 with our SOAP/XML-based iControl architecture to provide unprecedented network automation and optimization for rapidly deploying XML Web services and applications."

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 9,000 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 go to www.f5.com

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