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F5 Partners with the Boston Athletic Association to Deliver Real-Time Tracking of Boston Marathon Runners

First year that the popular marathon website is using Application Delivery Networking products to provide online visitors with the best experience possible; F5 products ensure that the website is fast and always available

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced it is providing technology for the 111th Boston Marathon-the world's oldest annual marathon. F5 products, including BIG-IP® systems and FirePass® Controllers, will ensure participants' family, friends, and fans worldwide have instant and reliable access to marathon information online.

F5 has donated state-of-the-art equipment and services to help build the infrastructure supporting the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) race website, The site, which enables real-time tracking of racers along the historic marathon route, is expected to attract an estimated 950,000 visitors and generate an estimated ten million page views during the six-hour marathon. By using F5's Application Delivery Networking products, the BAA can deliver up-to-the-minute race results for thousands of spectators and media worldwide, without overloading their servers or network infrastructure.

"A lot of people would like to attend the Marathon in person, but can't. The Boston Marathon's website provides a way for people everywhere to share in the excitement," said Guy Morse, Executive Director of the BAA. "Thanks to F5, fans worldwide can simultaneously track runners throughout the marathon in a fast, reliable manner."

F5 has provided two BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) systems to secure, accelerate, and deliver web applications generated on servers supporting BIG-IP LTM offers the industry's most intelligent and robust Application Delivery Networking features, ensuring the availability of mission-critical applications. BIG-IP LTM provides up to 3x performance improvement by offloading valuable server cycles and ensuring priority applications are served first.

"F5 is excited to support this prestigious event that draws runners and viewers from all over the globe," said Erik Giesa, Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5. "For the first time, the race website will have an Application Delivery Network as part of its infrastructure, which will help ensure that website visitors can always get race information quickly-even during peak traffic times. We're pleased that we can help the BAA reach more spectators to encourage marathon participation worldwide."

In addition, F5's solution gives the BAA the added assurance of expanding the website's capabilities for future races without adding servers.

F5 Application Delivery Networking Solution for the BAA

BIG-IP LTM features used include: Dynamic caching and intelligent HTTP compression, firewall services and customizable iRules™ commands to monitor website traffic and data. Additionally, F5 has provided two FirePass SSL VPN systems to enable remote administration by F5 technicians for flexible management of the BIG-IP LTM appliances.

About the BAA

Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of managing athletic events and promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The BAA's Boston Marathon is the world's oldest annual marathon, and the organization manages other local events and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round running programs. Since 1986, the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon has been John Hancock Financial Services. In 2006, the Boston Marathon launched-along with the Flora London Marathon also in April-the World Marathon Majors Series. Other events in the series are the real,-Berlin-Marathon, The LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon, and the ING New York City Marathon.

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, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service 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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