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F5 Optimizes Microsoft's Unified Communications Platform for Over 1,200 Global Enterprise Customers

F5's Application Ready Solutions designed for use with Microsoft technologies accelerate the market's fastest growing communications and collaboration tools, increasing performance, cutting cost, and improving employee productivity

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced a significant milestone in optimizing the delivery of Microsoft Corp. unified communications and collaboration solutions. During 2008 more than 1,200 enterprise organizations deployed F5® Application Ready Solutions for Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, and Windows Server 2008. Representing a wide variety of industries, including government, healthcare, telecommunications, finance, manufacturing, retail, non-profit, and transportation, these 1,200+ customers are using F5's suite of application delivery products to enhance the security, availability, and performance of their Microsoft unified communications applications.

"F5's Application Ready Solutions provide deployment and optimization guidance to help Microsoft customers get more from their application delivery environments," said Greg Kirchoff, Director Global ISV Team, Microsoft. "By taking a holistic view of applications and the network, and through comprehensive interoperability testing with Microsoft solutions, F5 technologies enable joint customers to configure their IT infrastructures to support their unique business objectives."

F5's suite of application delivery products helps simplify infrastructure management, reduce costs, and increase the ROI for Microsoft unified communications deployments. F5 provides validated, documented solutions specifically tailored to optimize the end-to-end performance, availability, and scalability of individual Microsoft applications. With F5 Application Ready Solutions, customers can quickly and efficiently deploy F5 and Microsoft technologies in concert to achieve optimum network and application performance.

"Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is a critical business communication tool for us," said Craig Wheeler, Director of Systems Development and Information Services at Marine Resources Group, a Seattle-based holding and support company that invests in tug, barge, and ancillary marine service companies. "With F5's Application Ready Solution for Exchange, we were able to cost-effectively add advanced application delivery capabilities and immediate server failover for our Exchange Server 2007 deployment. F5's expertise with Microsoft solutions allowed our technical team to move forward with confidence, and our users will benefit from improved performance and application resiliency."

Optimizing Office SharePoint Server 2007 with the F5 Application Ready Solution

An increasing number of global F5 customers are reporting significant performance optimizations when pairing Office SharePoint Server 2007 with the F5 Application Ready Solution.

"We made a significant investment in Office SharePoint Server 2007, and in reviewing the market's offerings, it became obvious that F5 had the best collaboratively derived solution for optimizing Office SharePoint Server 2007 performance," said Hillol Nath, Network & Security Architect at DP World, a leader in international marine terminal operations and development, logistics, and related services. "If employees were to experience poor performance with an enterprise application like Office SharePoint Server 2007, user abandonment would be high. F5's Application Ready Solution ensures that we get top performance from Office SharePoint Server 2007 so our employees can take full advantage of a collaborative environment."

Key benefits of deploying the F5 Application Ready Solution with Office SharePoint Server 2007 include:

  • 5x acceleration of Office SharePoint Server 2007 performance
  • 20-30x bandwidth reduction for remote Office SharePoint Server 2007 users
  • Over 25% server capacity increases with SSL and compression offload
  • 33% reduction in application deployment time

"We chose F5 because we wanted to be sure of compatibility between Microsoft solutions and our application delivery infrastructure," said Jeremy Cointin, Senior Network and Security Analyst at Rotary International, an Illinois-based humanitarian service organization supporting more than 33,000 clubs in approximately 200 countries and geographical areas. "After a thorough evaluation process, we found that F5 devices enable us to perform server maintenance while ensuring the vital website uptime our global users depend on. In addition, by using the F5 BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager ™ Application Delivery Controller to increase the processing power of our web servers, we're now able to redirect those funds to other IT initiatives."

"As organizations build out their infrastructures to meet the changing needs of their business, they frequently deploy Microsoft's unified communications technologies to increase collaboration," said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. "With Application Ready Solutions, customers can more confidently introduce new applications-and optimize the performance of those applications-to improve business agility."

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About F5 Application Ready Solutions

F5 Application Ready Solutions provide a set of best practices, guidelines, and policies that enable the quick deployment and optimized performance of specific applications. By removing bottlenecks outside the application's control that put deployments at risk, such as WAN latency, F5 Application Ready Solutions improve user experience, strengthen security, unify access control and enforcement, and ensure the superior scalability of specific Microsoft, Oracle, and SAP applications, among others.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast, and available for everyone. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture optimizes applications, delivers application reliability, and protects the application and network. Enterprise organizations, service providers and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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