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F5 Networks Maintains Leadership Position with No. 1 Worldwide Market Share in the SSL Security Market

F5 continues to focus on enterprise level security and leads the SSL acceleration market for the Layer 4-7 Switch/Load Balancer with SSL category, according to Infonetics Research

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management solutions, today announced that it continues to hold the No. 1 market share position for SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) acceleration products, in the Layer 4-7 Switch/Load Balancer with SSL category. F5 held the top position with 46% market share based on revenue in Q4 2002, according to the Infonetics Research1 report. SSL acceleration, when integrated with F5's Application Traffic Management devices, secure enterprise and Web service applications to provide the highest performance, with predictable availability and scalability.

"F5's Application Traffic Management devices are the ingress and egress points for all traffic flowing through the network, so it's logical that enterprises and service providers concerned about security leverage F5 devices for SSL processing," said Neil Osipuk, Directing Analyst at Infonetics Research. "When organizations consider Web services for mission critical applications, security is the most significant question they face. Today, SSL and HTTPS protocol-based security provide the security foundation for Web services and are more than adequate for securely deploying the majority of point-to-point Web services solutions and all types of IP-based applications."

F5's IP Application Switches incorporate the latest generation of SSL processors, capable of 1000 to 4000 RSA Transactions Per Second (TPS). Overall TPS licensing and processing varies depending on the IP Application Switch platform. The BIG-IP 5100 and 2400 have an optional specialized SSL hardware module, which is FIPS (Federal Information Processing Systems) 140-2 level 3 certified. This certification is recognized worldwide by organizations who require the highest level of security for SSL encryption of application traffic and F5 offers the first switch-based Application Traffic Management device to provide this level of security.

"SSL represents an established security method that all businesses can take advantage of as they roll-out their business critical applications over IP-based networks, including Web services," said Dan Matte, Vice-President of Product Management and Marketing at F5 Networks. "F5 was the first vendor to integrate SSL processing on a switch platform and we continue to lead the market. Customers recognize that F5's BIG-IP products deliver the most advanced technology coupled with exceptional value to offer the most cost-effective, integrated traffic management solutions on the market today."

1 Source: Infonetics Research, Inc., SSL Acceleration Hardware Worldwide Market Share and Forecasts for 4Q02; March 2003.

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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