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F5 Networks to Provide Business Solutions Built on the Oracle9i Infrastructure Software for Linux

Combining F5's BIG-IP solution with Oracle9i Application Server and Oracle9i Database on Linux offers a scalable, secure, and cost-effective solution for delivering enterprise applications

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic Management (ITM) products and a member partner within the Oracle® PartnerNetwork, today announced complete support for Oracle9i Application Server and Oracle9i Database on Linux. This support gives customers running the Oracle9i technology and F5's BIG-IP® product the assurance of optimal performance and availability, powerful scalability, application security, and increased operational efficiencies for a higher return on their Oracle investment.

F5's BIG-IP solution is designed to work with Oracle technology to enable data center managers achieve higher uptime and better performance of their Internet applications, increasing the ROI of their e-Business infrastructures. For end-users, the combined solution delivers superior application and data integrity and ensures the best possible quality of service.

"Companies such as F5 Networks that integrate their technology and test for performance, interoperability and scalability have proven to be very beneficial to our mutual customers running on Oracle9i Application Server and Oracle9i Database on Linux," said Julie Tung, vice president, Global Alliances and Channel at Oracle. "We believe that the feature-rich Oracle9i infrastructure software on Linux delivers the performance, quality and cost efficiencies our partners require when building and deploying enterprise applications."

"Our alliance with Oracle has been very successful because both companies are working to ensure that two industry leading solutions, BIG-IP and Oracle9i infrastructure software, deliver a combined solution that provides optimal scalability, security and performance," said Dan Matte, vice president of product management and marketing at F5 Networks. "We're pleased to announce F5's support for both Oracle9i Application Server and Oracle9i Database on Linux, especially as web services are becoming an emerging standard in enterprise computing."

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

The Oracle (Nasdaq:ORCL) PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 12,000 companies who deliver innovative enterprise software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle's premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today's Internet economy. Oracle partners are able to offer customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle's position as the world's largest enterprise software company.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic Management (ITM) 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 and availability 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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