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F5 Networks Uses Ixia Test Solutions to Validate Extreme-Scale ADC Performance

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), and Ixia (NASDAQ: XXIA), the leading, global provider of converged IP performance test systems, today announced the results of performance validation of the F5® top-of-the-line VIPRION® Application Delivery Controller (ADC). The VIPRION ADC was tested with its full complement of four blades, delivering industry-leading layer 7 and SSL performance. Ixia's IxLoad, XM12 platform and Acceleron-NP load modules were used to exercise the ADC to its limits.

F5 Networks uses Ixia test equipment exclusively in its F5 Technology Center in Seattle, Washington, where it conducts very large scale demonstrations and proof of concept validations for its customers. With its complement of Ixia Acceleron-NP and application stream module (ASM) load modules, F5 is able to quickly verify the maximum performance of its high-end ADC, including throughput, and layer 4 and 7 connections and transactions per second (TPS and CPS) as well as maximum concurrent connections. In the most recent demonstrations, F5 was very impressed with the performance of the Acceleron-NP load modules. Each Acceleron-NP load module was capable of 760,000 layer 4 connections per second and 38,700 SSL transactions per second. Only two Acceleron-NP load modules were needed to match VIPRION's 1 million layer 4 connections per second and four load modules to test VIPRION's 155,000 SSL transactions per second.

"Ixia is the only performance test vendor to offer a cost-effective solution for high-end ADCs, particularly in the difficult SSL TPS and layer 4 connections per second benchmarks," said Mike Lowell, Director of Product Management Engineering at F5 Networks. "Testing high-end ADCs requires best-of-breed layer 4-7 testing equipment, so naturally Ixia was our vendor of choice."

VIPRION: The Market's Only On-Demand Application Delivery Controller

VIPRION is the first Application Delivery Controller that scales on demand. It provides the highest levels of throughput and transactions per second available using the F5 Networks® TMOS® platform to deliver massive performance and scalability using BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager performance blades. This single, powerful controller uses modular blades that can be added or removed without disrupting applications. Instead of adding more devices in the network and segmenting applications, organizations can simply add more power to their existing infrastructure as needed.

Acceleron-NP is a unique development in the test industry. Each Acceleron-NP card offers twelve 1 Gbps interfaces that can be aggregated onto a single 10 Gbps link. Ixia's patent-pending NP technology creates multiple specialized, dynamically configured network processors that deliver performance not possible with standard architectures. Hundreds of network processors, specifically designed for layer 4-7 client emulation are used to achieve Acceleron-NP's industry-leading performance. The performance difference between Acceleron-NP and its predecessor, the award-winning ASM load module allowed F5 Networks to double their layer 4 CPS testing capacity without any increase in data center footprint.

"Ixia's dedication to providing solutions ahead of our customers' needs is well demonstrated by F5 Networks," said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Ixia. "Our NP technology, also used in our IxYukon-NP 10 Gbps interfaces, accelerates testing and time to market for our network equipment manufacturing customers."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

F5, F5 Networks, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, LTM, and VIPRION are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. Ixia, IxLoad, Acceleron, and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

About Ixia

Ixia is a leading provider of converged IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for wireless and wired infrastructures and services. Ixia's test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex networks, devices and applications. Ixia's multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

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