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F5 Networks Holds No. 1 Position in the SSL Security Market for Eleven Consecutive Quarters

F5 continues to be the worldwide market share leader of mission-critical SSL hardware acceleration solutions, according to Infonetics Research

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of secure Application Traffic Management products, today announced that it has maintained its worldwide market share lead in SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) acceleration products, in the Layer 4-7 Switch/Load Balancer with SSL category. The results of the recent Infonetics Research1 survey reveal that F5 leads the market with 50% market share based on revenue. F5 has maintained its top ranking in this category for 11 consecutive quarters. SSL is the industry standard for securing enterprise Web applications.

"Our demand-side research shows a clear trend toward feature consolidation between security and traffic management products, and the strong growth forecast in 2003 for the Layer 4-7 switch/load balancer with SSL category is driven by this trend," said Neil Osipuk, Directing Analyst at Infonetics Research. "F5 leveraged their prime real estate in the network and was the first switch vendor to integrate SSL acceleration into their products. This strategy has clearly been well received by the market and is reflected in the market share results."

The Infonetics report also cites that large enterprises have driven the majority of sales for the layer 4-7 switch/load balancer category in 2003, and are expected to drive the majority of sales from 2004 to 2006.

"We merit our No. 1 ranking to the exceptional value that F5 products deliver to enterprise customers," said Dan Matte, Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing at F5 Networks. "Our BIG-IP products provide a natural consolidation point for SSL acceleration, a capability we have delivered for years now. We will continue to leverage F5's leadership in SSL security and are committed to providing innovative solutions that address end-to-end application security with a high return on investment."

1 Source: Infonetics Research, Inc., SSL and intelligent traffic delivery product worldwide market share, 3Q03; November 2003.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks keeps IP-based traffic flowing and business information always available to any user from any device, anywhere in the world. Our products ensure secure and reliable access to servers and the applications that run on them. F5 also provides tools to automate communications between applications and the network, eliminating tedious, manual processes.

As the pioneers of intelligent load balancing, F5's continued innovations help businesses optimize and protect their IT investments. Our mission is to ensure the availability, scalability, performance, and security of IT resources that enterprises require to successfully do business. Over 6,000 enterprises and service providers rely on F5 solutions to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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