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F5 Networks Delivers Its Next-Generation Server Appliance Platforms

The BIG-IP 520 and 540 give customers a competitive edge with their superior processing horsepower and ability to support the market's growing demand of IP-based applications and services
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that it is delivering the market's next generation of IP server appliances: the BIG-IP 520 and 540. The new BIG-IP® 520 and 540 have the greatest amount of processing power and expandability; more than any other server appliance on the market. These new platforms round out the total BIG-IP product family, which also includes the BIG-IP 5000 and BIG-IP 2000 IP Application Switch products.

The BIG-IP 520 and 540 are high-performance, easy-to-install server appliances for managing and securing IP-based traffic for web servers, caches, firewalls, application servers, VPN gateways, and other devices. IP-based applications require high availability, security, fast performance and specialized handling. The BIG-IP 520 and 540 provide the necessary processing power to deeply examine IP-traffic packets and intelligently direct traffic to the correct server, application or resource within a data center. The advantage of deploying a BIG-IP 520 or 540 server appliance is their superior ability to apply the needed processing horsepower to make swift and intelligent Layer 7 decisions, optimizing the data center's speed and Quality of Service.

The BIG-IP 520 base unit comes standard with a single Pentium III 1 GHz processor, 2 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports, 256 MB of memory. The BIG-IP 540 comes standard with dual Pentium III 1 GHz processors, 2 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports, and 512 MB of memory. Because they share a common platform, the units can be expanded utilizing 3 PCI slots. This provides enterprises and service providers with the flexibility to customize the server appliance with additional Network Interface Cards (NIC) for additional ports or SSL cards for security and SSL acceleration. Flexibility of these hardware configurations is unique to F5.

"As the world market share leader1 for Layer 4/7 server appliances, F5 is committed to this market and will continue to deliver the performance-leading products that our customers require," said Dan Matte, senior director of product management at F5 Networks. "Only F5 provides customers with a wide range of high-performance solutions; offering both the server appliance and IP Application Switch product lines to give enterprises and service providers the greatest amount of flexibility and choice to support their business' IP applications and services."

Pricing and Availability

The BIG-IP 520 and 540 platforms are available immediately.

1 Source: Dell'Oro Group, L4-7 Ethernet Switches and Appliances, 3Q 2001.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

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