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F5 Networks Expands Its Performance-Leading IP Application Switch Family with the BIG-IP 2000

New addition builds on F5's technology and performance leadership, rounds out F5's IP Application Switch family of products, and addresses the entire spectrum of Internet traffic management requirements

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced the BIG-IP® 2000, rounding out F5's family of IP (Internet Protocol) Application Switches that are uniquely designed to manage traffic for current and next generation web services and applications. With more processing power than any competitive product, the BIG-IP 2000 offers a cost-effective, all-in-one Layer 2/7 switching solution that includes BIG-IP's performance-leading Layer 7 software capabilities, integrated SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) processing, and the best port density in its class.

"With the delivery of the BIG-IP 2000, F5 is executing on its promise of addressing the needs of all sizes of enterprises with a comprehensive solution for application switching," said Lucinda Borovick, Director, Data Center Networks, IDC.

The BIG-IP 2000 offers centralized processing, a switch fabric design, and integrated SSL termination for an optimized "all-in-one" solution that reduces deployment costs and administration duties. The BIG-IP 2000 provides small- to medium-sized enterprises and service providers with the exact amount of ports for redundant uplinks and connections on backend servers. It offers an ideal platform that comes with 16 Fast Ethernet and 2 Gb Ethernet switch ports to support fast uplinks and multiple servers and devices. The BIG-IP 2000 ships with integrated SSL processing (100 TPS) at no additional charge to secure applications and offload SSL processing from servers - significantly improving performance. The SSL processing can be easily upgraded on demand via a software license key so customers can purchase only the amount of SSL capacity that they need, when they need it.

"The BIG-IP 5000 we announced last year has gained stellar reviews by the market and great acceptance by large enterprises, and we're pleased to deliver the same caliber of solution designed for the small to medium enterprise market," said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice-president of marketing and business development at F5 Networks. "No other ITM vendor can match F5's comprehensive suite of high-performance, traffic management solutions available on the broadest set of platforms - from appliances to switches."

Pricing and Availability

The BIG-IP 2000 IP Application Switch will be generally available on February 15, with the base model priced at $24,250 for a single unit and $42,250 for a redundant pair. A base model unit is configured with 16 Fast Ethernet and 2 Gigabit (Gb) Ethernet switch ports to support fast uplinks and multiple web and application servers, caches, databases, firewalls or other devices. Each unit has the most processing power in its class; supplied by a single PIII 1 GHz processor connected to the switch fabric and 1 Gigabyte of memory. Every base unit includes 100 TPS SSL capacity at no additional charge and is remotely upgradeable to 800 TPS. Customers who desire additional SSL capacity can obtain it incrementally via a software key, which allows them to purchase it only as they need it. A version of the BIG-IP 2000 that comes loaded with F5's award winning 3-DNS wide area load balancing solution is also available. Standard reseller discounts apply.

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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