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F5 Networks Joins BEA SOA Center of Innovation

BIG-IP LTM installed in new center designed to showcase BEA and partner solutions for network optimization

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced it has provided BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM) for the BEA Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) Center of Innovation. In this testing and validation facility, F5 will work closely with BEA public sector and commercial customers who are developing applications and services using BEA technologies. The center can help customers more easily adopt SOA, the success of which relies heavily on network performance and availability. F5's BIG-IP LTM will demonstrate the benefits it can provide by ensuring the cost-effective and secure deployment of enterprise, mobile, and Web services applications.

"Our new SOA Center of Innovation combines the best in BEA's enterprise infrastructure software with leading Application Delivery Networking technologies, and F5 was an obvious choice," said Jay Colavita, Solutions Engineering Director with BEA Government Systems, Inc. "We respect the dedication and achievements of F5 in the areas of application security, speed, and accessibility, and believe our customers will be similarly impressed."

The new BEA Center of Innovation, located in McLean, Virginia, combines an SOA demonstration center, collaborative SOA learning environment, and SOA Research and Development Lab. As an extension of the long-standing partnership between F5 and BEA, the SOA Center of Innovation provides mutual and prospective customers with the opportunity to test and evaluate solutions specific to their own business needs.

"We have always been deeply committed to working seamlessly with BEA's SOA solutions," said Calvin Rowland, Director of Business Development for F5. "It's an honor to be a core contributor to the BEA Center of Innovation, and we look forward to the opportunity to continue working with BEA customers in both the public and commercial sectors."

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, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 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 www.f5.com.

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