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F5 Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of the Application Delivery Controller Magic Quadrant

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, announced today its position in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers from Gartner, Inc.1

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers evaluates 13 vendors in the ADC market space based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute. According to Gartner’s methodology, “A leader exhibits the ability to shape the market by introducing additional capabilities in its product offerings, and by raising awareness of the importance of these features. Key capabilities for a leader revolve around the Advanced Platform (AP) ADC capabilities that focus on enterprise application capabilities. We expect a leader to have strong or growing market share, especially in the AP ADCs, and to have solutions that resonate with an increasing number of enterprises. Expertise in complex data center application deployment also is a necessity to be a leader in the Magic Quadrant for ADCs.”

“We believe F5’s strong customer and partner relationships have helped us become a leader in the Magic Quadrant, as well as Gartner, Inc.’s worldwide market share rankings for the Application Delivery Controllers marketplace based on vendor revenue in Q2 of calendar year 20102. F5’s market execution and differentiation are the result of our ability to respond to the evolving needs of our customers. In addition, F5’s financial stability, the depth of our application expertise, the integration of key F5 software capabilities onto one platform, and DevCentral’s presence as the industry’s largest ADC-focused community continue to contribute to our success,” said Dan Matte, SVP of Marketing and Business Development at F5.

For other analyst coverage on F5, please visit www.f5.com/news-press-events/market-research/.

1 Gartner, Inc., Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers, Mark Fabbi, Joe Skorupa, 18 November 2010.

2 Gartner, Inc., Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 2Q10, Joe Skorupa, Nhat Pham, 15 September 2010.

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.

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F5, F5 Networks, 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.

About the Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted 2010 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

F5, BIG-IP, Access Policy Manager, Global Traffic Manager, and Software Defined Application Services 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.

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