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F5 Networks Helps Averitt Express Accelerate Its Online Booking System

Leading international freight transportation provider enhances customer service with BIG-IP WebAccelerator, delivers 50% improvement in website performance

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that Averitt Express increased performance of its web-based self-service freight booking applications using the F5® BIG-IP® WebAccelerator solution. Upon deployment, Averitt's customers reported a measurable improvement in website responsiveness almost immediately.

Averitt Express, which services over 100 countries, is a leading freight transportation and supply chain management company. Following an upgrade of the company's web self-service applications, Averitt customers experienced a slowdown in online booking performance, which led to a 30 percent drop in traffic.

"We live in a 'serve me now' society," said Tony McBroom, Internet Development Leader at Averitt. "Our customers mandate that we provide efficient web services." Averitt chose BIG-IP WebAccelerator to boost site performance and improve user experience. WebAccelerator is a web application delivery solution that helps organizations overcome performance issues involving browsers, web application platforms, and wide area network (WAN) latency. "We saw an immediate improvement in site performance when we deployed BIG-IP WebAccelerator," added McBroom.

"To redevelop our applications or to purchase a new application server would have meant huge costs," said Ray Wilkins, Networking Associate at Averitt. "Not only does the F5 solution meet our acceleration needs, but it does so without any additional overhead. WebAccelerator has been running for over a year with no downtime or performance issues. It's been our 'magic bullet' that solved all latency and speed issues in one fell swoop."

Averitt realized substantial performance gains by installing a single WebAccelerator device at the company's data center, while competing solutions required additional devices to be installed at each remote location. With less hardware to purchase, companies like Averitt can more easily achieve a positive return on their acceleration investment. Averitt was also able to optimize their business applications without recoding or implementing larger servers.

"Website performance can make or break important customer relationships," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "With WebAccelerator, service-oriented organizations like Averitt can overcome performance issues and provide virtually instant access to the dynamic web applications their users-and their business-depend on. In addition, WebAccelerator enables companies to scale acceleration technology to meet their needs, as it can be deployed as a single device in the data center or expanded to a symmetric deployment for added performance gains at remote locations."

About Averitt

Established in 1971, Averitt Express is a leading provider of freight transportation and supply chain management with international reach to more than 100 countries. The company specializes in delivering customized solutions for service offerings that include less-than-truckload, truckload, time-critical, importing/exporting and supply chain management. Backed by successful execution for hundreds of customers, Averitt's supply chain management capabilities include dedicated fleet operations, warehousing services and transportation management. For more information, call 1-800-AVERITT or visit

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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