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F5 Networks Delivers WANJet Solution on Advanced TMOS Architecture Platform for High Performance WAN Optimization

New release of WANJet significantly accelerates and secures data over the WAN while lowering bandwidth costs; TMOS integration brings centralized, simplified management of WANJet for enterprises with large deployments

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its WANJet® Wide Area Network (WAN) appliance is now available on F5's powerful TMOS™ architecture. Integration with TMOS enables customers to implement high performance WAN optimization and acceleration functionality, and builds on F5's broader Application Delivery Networking (ADN) solution portfolio. Along with the new 5.0 software release, customers now have a TMOS-enabled WANJet hardware platform, WANJet 300, to address branch office-to-data center optimization needs.

F5 is the only networking vendor that has taken a holistic approach to application acceleration, designing its products to work seamlessly with its entire application delivery infrastructure. Now running on the industry-leading TMOS architecture platform, WANJet inherits the benefits of F5's iControl® open API with the 5.0 release enabling customers, partners, ISVs, and system integrators to develop unique application delivery solutions. As an additional benefit of this integration, WANJet appliances can be easily managed by Enterprise Manager™, F5's centralized network device management appliance.

"Application design and deployment have not kept pace with today's network environments. Many homegrown applications were not designed to be deployed in a WAN, or to remote or mobile users," said Tracy Corbo, Senior Analyst with IDC's Network Management and Services. "Consequently, some IT organizations may find that their particular needs are not met by out-of-the-box WAN optimization solutions, while solutions that provide open APIs give organizations the flexibility to customize their WAN optimization solutions to meet their specific needs."

WANJet Solution Highlights

The new WANJet solution enables enterprises to employ WAN optimization as part of their larger Application Delivery Network that bolsters application performance, security, and availability. Highlights of the new software release and WANJet appliance include:

Improved response times and increased throughput.

Transparent Data Reduction™ (TDR) is now supported both in RAM and on hard disk with this new release. Hard disk support scales from 150 GB to 300 GB per platform.

Increased application throughput.

Improvements to CIFS protocol optimizations for Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access applications.

Reduced management costs, improved operational efficiency, and increased network availability.

Integration with Enterprise Manager v1.4 enables centralized management control for configuring and managing WANJet devices within F5's application delivery infrastructure.

Dramatically improved branch office-to-data center optimization and acceleration.

WANJet 300 appliance scales up to 10 Mbps WAN links and supports both RAM and disk-based TDR-2 caching.

"F5 views WAN optimization as a crucial element of an effective application delivery solution," said Erik Giesa, Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5. "This release of WANJet onto our advanced TMOS architecture platform represents another significant milestone in our ADN strategy and reinforces our commitment to provide a common architecture for all of F5's application delivery products."

Availability

The WANJet version 5.0 software and WANJet 300 hardware platform are available now. The new software version is available as a download for existing WANJet installations, so F5 customers with current maintenance agreements and the WANJet 500 hardware platform can take advantage of all the capabilities included in the new release.

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 16,000 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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