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F5 Networks Emerges as the Clear Winner in InfoWorld Review of Network Multi-homing Products

F5's BIG-IP Link Controller praised for its quick setup, excellent support, and superior reporting and management tools

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced that its BIG-IP® Link Controller product won hands down over Radware's LinkProof product, in a competitive InfoWorld Test Center Review recently conducted at University of Hawaii's Advanced Network Computing Lab. The BIG-IP Link Controller provides customers with highly reliable network connections by managing inbound/outbound traffic over multiple Internet Service Provider (ISP) links.

"The F5 Link Controller is a nice piece of equipment and is a breeze to configure,"* said Chad Dickerson, CTO at InfoWorld. "Fortunately, the stability, reliability, and ease of administration provided by the F5 Link Controller mean that after you've set up the box, it's unlikely you'll be forced to deal with too many crises - this box just works." *

According to InfoWorld, the driving force behind network multi-homing is the increasing importance of Web services for conducting business and IT staff cannot afford to gamble on a single WAN connection to the Internet. In the real-world of wide-area networking, backhoes slice through data lines, telco workers disconnect T1s in the phone closet when installing phone lines, and cables simply go bad.

"F5 Link Controller pulled far ahead of the Radware LinkProof because of its relatively quick setup, excellent support, and superior reporting and management tools," added Dickerson.* "The intuitive reporting of the Web GUI's intuitive reporting made it easy to see how each link was performing during various time intervals. The Link Controller worked as advertised." *

"We're very pleased with InfoWorld's test results, which is a reflection of all the homework we've done with customers to remove the pain that comes with BGP (Border Gateway Protocol)-based products," said Jason Needham, Product Manager at F5 Networks. "Our goal with the BIG-IP Link Controller is to maximize the reliability and ROI for enterprise connectivity through a product that's easy to use and manage. The InfoWorld review is yet another powerful proof-point that the BIG-IP Link Controller accomplishes all of this."

More information on F5's BIG-IP Link Controller can be found at http://www.f5.com/products/bigip/LinkController/. The InfoWorld review of the BIG-IP Link Controller and test bed can be found at http://www.f5.com/communication/articles/article042903.html.

* InfoWorld April 25, 2003, "F5 bests Radware in WAN-link manager duel", written by Chad Dickerson.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the industry leader in Application Traffic Management, enabling enterprises and service providers to optimize any mission-critical application or web service, providing secure and predictable delivery of application traffic in an unpredictable environment. Through F5's unique open iControl™ API, third party applications and network devices can take an active role in shaping network traffic, delivering application aware networks that allow customers to direct traffic based on their exact business requirements. Our solutions optimize the availability, security and speed of mission-critical servers and applications, including enterprise applications, web services, mobile IP applications, web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. F5's 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, Japan and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at www.f5.com.

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