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F5 Networks Teams with webMethods, Delivering Load Balancing and High Availability Integration Solutions for Enterprises

F5 offers customers peak performance for Web services through tight integration between the webMethods Integration Platform and F5's BIG-IP solutions

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that the company has been working with webMethods, Inc., a leading provider of integration software, to design, test and document a robust, high availability and load balancing solution for customers deploying Web services using the webMethods integration platform. Today, customers can achieve superior performance and high availability of their overall network infrastructure, including their Web services, by deploying the combined webMethods and BIG-IP solutions.

"The webMethods integration platform enables customers to link custom, packaged and legacy applications across an enterprise into a seamless business process," said Frank McKeown, product director for webMethods, Inc. "webMethods software then publishes that business process through a Web service while F5's BIG-IP provides high availability and load balancing functionality that ensures users have reliable and speedy access to these Web services. In addition, F5's solution can handle SSL termination to further enhance performance and increase the customer's R.O.I when deploying the webMethods integration platform. We're pleased to have a true technology leader like F5 join our platform alliances group, and we look forward to working together to deliver solid value to customers."

Through this partnership, webMethods and F5 have committed to increasing future interoperability between BIG-IP and the webMethods integration platform. This will be accomplished through F5's iControl, an open SOAP/XML API that delivers secure, encrypted intercommunication between F5 Networks' products and the applications running on top of the F5 Networks platform.

"webMethods is at the forefront of enabling Enterprise Web services and applications through their robust integration platform," said Dan Matte, senior director of product management at F5 Networks. "Their support of F5's iControl is a powerful validation of F5's vision of integrating the network and the applications to provide superior reliability, scale, performance and security for Web services and applications."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our 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 and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

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