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F5 Networks Hailed as Gold 5-Star Vendor by CMP Channel's VARBusiness in 2008 Partner Programs Guide

F5 Advantage Partner Program praised as one of only ten Gold honorees by leading IT publication

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has been recognized by CMP Channel's VARBusiness as one of North America's top IT vendors for its partner programs offered to solution providers. F5 was certified as a Gold 5-Star Overall Winner in VARBusiness' 2008 Partner Programs Guide, a guide that acknowledges the commitment and strength of vendors' partner programs for channel resellers, IT integrators, and technology consultants.

The F5 Advantage Partner Program takes a holistic view of customers' and prospects' business objectives to provide a comprehensive, solution-focused Application Delivery Networking framework. In addition, F5's up-to-date web training programs and certification programs enable partners to enrich their solution expertise throughout the F5 product lifecycle.

"The quality of a vendor's partner program reflects the true commitment they have to the thriving Solution Provider channel, and this year's 5-Star Partner Programs Guide winners are the cream of the crop of channel-friendly vendors," said Robert C. DeMarzo, Vice President and Editorial Director at CMP Channel.

Of the hundreds of vendor program entries reviewed for this year's guide, F5 was one of only ten Gold 5-Star Overall Winners chosen in the 14th annual VARBusiness Partner Programs Guide survey. In addition, F5 also received VARBusiness Silver 5-Star status in all six specific areas of expertise for the Sales Support, Marketing Support, Partner Profitability, Channel Operations, Communication, and Partner Recruitment elements of the F5 Advantage Partner Program.

"F5 is very honored to be singled out as a Gold 5-Star winner by VARBusiness for our commitment to our partner channel," said Steve Hale, VP of North America Partner Organization at F5. "The F5 Advantage Partner Program delivers comprehensive information on the F5 family of products, as well as the training, sales, and marketing support that our committed partners need to deliver a great customer experience. As a repeat recipient of the coveted 5-Star ranking, F5 will continue to embrace partner engagement as the model to build and grow our mutual businesses together."

For the 2008 Partner Programs Guide, companies were called upon by VARBusiness to submit entries for their partner programs. These programs were reviewed and measured across six partner program elements including Sales Support, Marketing Support, Partner Profitability, Channel Operations, Communication, and Partner Recruitment. There were ten Silver 5-Star winners in each of these six categories. The complete guide for 2008 appears in the March issue of VARBusiness and can be found online at

In addition, a vendor snapshot of F5's Partner Programs Guide performance is available here:

About VARBusiness

For the past 20 years, VARBusiness' strategic resources have been the gateway to the commercial and public sector (or government) Solution Provider community. The VARBusiness integrated platform of media opportunities provides strategic insight for technology integrators through industry-defining research, in-depth editorial, channel events, and innovative Web services, enabling these IT professionals to make educated decisions for their businesses, partnerships, and customers. VARBusiness offerings lead vendors and distributors to unprecedented access to the most powerful strategic Solution Providers in the market. VARBusiness has been the recipient of numerous industry awards for both editorial content and design.

About CMP Channel

CMP Channel is the one stop shop customers turn to in order to meet their global sales channel objectives from access to execution. Through use of its family of channel solutions which include CRN and VARBusiness, the ChannelWeb network, XChange Events, and the Institute for Partner Education & Development (IPED), vendors are able to accelerate sales through the channel. CMP Channel provides a worldwide answer to advertising, branding and marketing services, lead generation, market intelligence, branded and custom events, education of solution providers, and best practices for vendors.

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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability. 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

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