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F5 Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of SSL VPN Magic Quadrant

Prominent analyst firm evaluates vendor solutions based on completeness of vision and ability to execute

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it is positioned in the Leaders quadrant of Gartner, Inc.’s Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs, published in December 2011. F5® SSL VPN solutions provide policy-based secure and optimized access to enterprise applications, with support for all types of users and devices.

“As organizations look to further support the demands of mobile workers, F5’s BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager and Edge Gateway solutions help IT teams combine flexible access services with optimization capabilities—meaning users enjoy seamless access without compromising security,” said Mark Vondemkamp, Director of Product Management at F5. “In addition, we’ve continued to enhance support for Apple iOS and Android platforms to help keep users connected regardless of location or device type. We believe our placement in the Leaders quadrant reflects the differentiated value that F5 delivers to the market, including the performance advantages provided by our unique iApps and iRules® technologies.”

According to Gartner, “Leaders demonstrate balanced progress and effort on all execution and vision categories. Their actions raise the competitive bar for all products in the market, and they can change the course of the industry. To remain in the Leaders quadrant, these vendors must excel in mobile access and protection and dominate in sales. A leading vendor is not a default choice for every buyer, and clients are warned not to assume that they should buy only from the Leaders quadrant. To stay on the right side of the chart, Leaders (and Visionaries) must follow courses that are competitively disruptive, and not only are ahead of the curve, but also offer features that remove significant roadblocks to vendor sales and buyer implementations. One example of a competitively disruptive activity might include delivering a superior smartphone client in terms of capability, user experience, and user adoption that could significantly stimulate new smartphone VPN deployments.”1

About F5

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control” across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, go to

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About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in our research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

F5, BIG-IP, Access Policy Manager, Edge Gateway, iApps, iRules, and DevCentral are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

1Gartner, Inc. Magic Quadrant for SSL VPNs by John Girard, December 12, 2011

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