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F5 Networks Joins Premier Level of Citrix Business Alliance

F5's BIG-IP Products and iControlTM SDK provide greater reliability, scalability and increased performance to users of Citrix server-based computing solutions

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced it has joined the Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CTXS) Citrix Business AllianceTM (CBA), as a Premier-level member. As a CBA Premier member, F5 will move beyond fundamental product compatibility testing to a more sophisticated level of joint marketing, and will work with Citrix to provide enhanced application server computing solutions to customers.

"We're excited to hear Citrix and F5 are working together to ensure interoperability between their industry-leading products," said Raghu Raman, Director, IT Operations at TMA Resources. "At TMA, our goal is to provide the industry's best member relationship software solution and to offer our customers the optimal end-user experience. By developing F5's BIG-IP product with Citrix MetaFrame, our customers will experience easier deployment, increased availability, enhanced quality of service, and reduced management overhead."

"Citrix's market penetration with MetaFrame is pervasive and F5 is pleased to add such a significant technology vendor to our portfolio of alliances," said Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "F5's BIG-IP product combined with Citrix MetaFrame enhances the performance, scalability, security, and availability of applications on the network. The combined solution is easy to manage and enables enterprises to reduce configuration complexity and the total cost of ownership. Further integration with MetaFrame through F5's iControl API (application programming interface) will allow MetaFrame to communicate directly with the BIG-IP device, altering how it handles traffic and further simplifying management and improving traffic distribution for Citrix customers."

F5 Networks' BIG-IP product, an application traffic manager, adds significant value to a Citrix® MetaFrame® implementation. When deployed with MetaFrame, the BIG-IP product provides organizations the solution they need to deploy mission-critical enterprise applications in a highly available and scalable configuration. Using this configuration, enterprises will benefit from increased performance and security, while reducing management requirements and their associated costs. Documentation on how the BIG-IP product adds value to MetaFrame implementations is available at

"One of the key issues in network-based computing today is the growing demand by customers to increase their infrastructure's adaptability while reducing cost and complexity," said Garry Olah, Citrix Senior Director, Alliance and Developer Programs. "Availability of F5's BIG-IP products and the iControl SDK will enable Citrix's enterprise/ASP customers to enhance their applications and infrastructure, and will help them achieve greater returns on their Citrix investment."

About the Citrix Business Alliance

The Citrix Business Alliance (CBA) is a growing coalition of industry-leading companies from across the technology spectrum that are working with Citrix to broaden the scope and effectiveness of server-based enterprise computing and access portal solutions for the enterprise. The multi-tier program provides members a range of benefits, including access to Citrix MetaFrame and NFuse® Elite software for compatibility testing with their solutions, new business opportunities with other Citrix solution providers, joint marketing programs and enhanced technical support.

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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