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F5 Networks Introduces the StrongBox Evaluation Program for F5 Channel Partners

Program designed to help F5 partners drive more business and enhance customer satisfaction by making it easy and affordable to provide customized F5 evaluation units for their prospects

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of secure Application Traffic Management products, today announced the StrongBox™ evaluation program, an offering that provides F5 Advantage Partners an easy, effective and affordable way to place F5's industry-leading products as evaluation units in customer accounts. StrongBox is the only channel-based evaluation program that allows a partner to tightly control the timing and easily customize the feature set needed for each evaluation cycle.

"We're excited about leveraging F5's StrongBox Program and anticipate that it will be very helpful in driving more sales for Vigilar," said Lee Rudd, Vice-President of Operations at Vigilar, Inc. "The program will allow Vigilar and F5 to team more effectively on a wide variety of sales opportunities. This program is a win-win for all parties, including the customer who is able to effectively evaluate F5 products that are customized to meet their requirements."

Through the StrongBox Program, F5 Advantage Partners can purchase one or more evaluation units, which are priced at F5's hardware cost, making them very affordable. By completing a simple web form based upon what the prospect wants to evaluate, Partners obtain a unique software license key for each evaluation cycle. Once the evaluation is complete, the partner resets the box and it's ready to be customized for the next prospect.

"The StrongBox Program provides F5's channel partners with a unique and cost-effective solution to the challenge of meeting consistently high demand for evaluation product," said Lee Finck, Director of Channel Sales at F5 Networks. "Partners who participate in StrongBox will realize a competitive advantage by controlling their own evaluation pool, while always being prepared to initiate the sales process with their prospective customers."

StrongBox Program Highlights

  • Affordable access to best-of-breed technology. Partners can easily acquire F5's award-winning traffic management products to place in prospect accounts.
  • Enhances the prospect's quality of experience. F5's unique license key management system allows the partner to easily configure each evaluation unit and tailor it to suit a prospect's individual needs.
  • Partners have control and flexibility. The StrongBox program allows flexibility in determining the length of time needed for each evaluation period. Each StrongBox unit can be deployed in multiple sales cycles and is customizable to demonstrate a variety of feature sets.
  • High return on investment. Sold at F5's hardware cost, each StrongBox unit can pay for itself many times over in revenue, since the units are inexpensive and can be used for multiple evaluation cycles.
  • StrongBox units include support. One year of standard F5 support is included in the cost, with local F5 systems engineering support.

Pricing and Availability

The StrongBox Program is available to F5 Global, Gold and Premier Advantage partners in North America. To order StrongBox units and to obtain pricing, partners should contact their local F5 channel sales representative or account executive.

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

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