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F5 Teams with Oracle to Deliver Optimized Solution

New solution integrates management of F5 Application Delivery Controllers and Oracle Enterprise Manager to deliver improved control, simplified operation, and lower TCO for Oracle applications customers

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking and Gold member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork, today announced the release of a new solution developed in cooperation with Oracle that optimizes the use of F5® BIG-IP® Application Delivery Controllers with Oracle Enterprise Manager. Working together, F5 and Oracle have created the Oracle® Enterprise Manager plug-in for BIG-IP, now available for download at F5 DevCentral and from the Oracle Technology Network. In addition, customers can access both an Oracle Maximum Availability Architecture White Paper on Oracle’s website and an F5 Deployment Guide on www.f5.com.

“The Oracle Enterprise Manager plug-in for F5 BIG-IP is a great example of how Oracle partners can extend Oracle Enterprise Manager. With this plug-in, our mutual customers can improve application availability by managing their environments through one central location. Our longstanding collaboration with F5 has not only enhanced Oracle Enterprise Manager, it continues to deliver tangible benefits to our joint customers,” said Will Scelzo, Senior Director, Business Development, Oracle.

Oracle Enterprise Manager provides customers with a comprehensive and unified monitoring and management console for Oracle application deployments. This new jointly developed solution provides detailed, prescriptive guidance for deploying Oracle Enterprise Manager with F5 BIG-IP solutions for high availability, performance, and security. By enabling monitoring of F5 BIG-IP solutions directly within Oracle Enterprise Manager, the plug-in extends the ability to manage Oracle deployments to include both Oracle software (for example, database, middleware, application) and the F5 Application Delivery Network.

The joint management solution offers customers the ability to:

Reduce TCO by Centralizing Monitoring Capabilities – The plug-in provides administrators managing Oracle systems and BIG-IP solutions with a consolidated view of the entire enterprise, enabling them to monitor and manage all components from a central place. This integrated solution can reduce the total cost of ownership by helping to eliminate the need to manually compile critical information from several different tools, making it easier to identify availability and performance issues across the infrastructure.

Save Time by Automatically Tracking Configuration Changes – Tracking configurations is one of the most time-consuming and difficult tasks administrators face on a daily basis. Being able to quickly view a detailed configuration snapshot, analyze historical changes, and enforce standardization between systems is key to performing diagnostics, auditing, and compliance tasks, and making intelligent business decisions.

Streamline Operations with Pre-Set Threshold Alerts – The plug-in automatically collects a comprehensive set of availability and performance metrics with pre-defined thresholds, immediately alerting administrators of potential issues. This allows administrators to realize significant value, while giving them the flexibility to fine-tune thresholds according to their specific business needs.

Enhance Management Visibility with Convenient Out-of-the-Box Reporting – To further aid administrators with critical tasks such as problem diagnosis, trend analysis, and capacity planning, the plug-in includes eight out-of-the-box reports that summarize key information about BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager availability, performance, and configuration. These reports are easily accessible from the Oracle® Enterprise Manager Grid Control console, enabling administrators to schedule, share, and customize their reports.

“We’re pleased to collaborate with Oracle in producing a valuable solution to help joint customers manage, integrate, and optimize deployments of Oracle Enterprise Manager and BIG-IP systems,” said Calvin Rowland, VP of Application Partner Programs at F5. “Previously, customers have had to manage the Oracle applications and BIG-IP systems using different tools. Our new offering gives customers holistic visibility for Oracle software and the F5 application delivery infrastructure to increase operational efficiencies and streamline management.”

“The collaboration between F5 and Oracle demonstrates today’s tight integration between business applications and the network,” said Jon Oltsik, Principal Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. “This partnership will enable IT groups to better address change control, problem isolation, and application performance. The result? Increased business productivity and improved IT efficiency.”

Availability

The plug-in is validated by Oracle and is available today on the Oracle page of F5's DevCentral community web portal (free registration required—users must be logged in to download) and on the Oracle Technology Network.

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, BIG-IP, and Local Traffic Manager 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. The use of the words “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between F5 Networks and any other company.

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle's partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through certified Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. Specialized partners are preferred by Oracle and recognized by customers. For more information, visit http://www.oracle.com/partners.

Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates.

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