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F5 Unveils DevCentral v4 to Bolster Support for Its Flourishing Global Technical Community

F5 leads the charge in community-driven innovation through the use of Web 2.0 technologies; Dramatic DevCentral enhancements deliver value through expanded technology coverage, user groups, and MVP program
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the fourth generation of its unique DevCentral community site (http://devcentral.f5.com), currently comprised of over 14,000 registered users worldwide. DevCentral v4 (DC4) harnesses innovative social networking functionality through Web 2.0 technologies, and affords customers new and expanded possibilities to enhance both their application and F5 investments. Combining technologies like wikis, video and podcasts, blogs, and forums with networking and application development tips and information, DC4 is the only technical community for the Application Delivery Networking market. It offers new ways to learn about F5 and partner solutions, tailored to the form and content preferences of technical professionals.

The new design for DC4 was based upon direct feedback from F5's rapidly growing global base of technical users and introduces: (1) expanded discussion forums, (2) additional topics/technology coverage for security and WAN optimization, (3) support for Japanese language and (4) the debut of F5 Labs to showcase and encourage innovation and breakthrough ideas.

"What sets F5 DevCentral apart from other vendor communities is the commitment to excellence shown by F5 as a whole. It's obvious that F5 is committed to the community; even the most senior product architects visit the discussion forums regularly to help customers innovate and solve real problems," said Jason Rahm, a network administrator for a large transportation services company and 2005 iRules contest winner. "This commitment, combined with a worldwide community of smart users sharing great ideas about better ways to deliver applications, makes DevCentral an invaluable resource that helps me and my company."

"The ability to continually learn, encourage, and propagate innovations into a market often sets a company apart from competitors," said Abner Germanow, Research Director, IDC. "With DevCentral, F5 provides a unique forum for customers and partners to create, test, refine, and share new ways of using the network to improve application performance. IDC believes this effort is being driven by customers and partners who are on the front lines of one of the most exciting segments of IT today."

Why F5's DevCentral Works

DevCentral has been highly successful to date because of F5's commitment to the philosophy that community-when encouraged to work together-drives remarkable innovation. Interaction between F5 experts and industry peers gives customers a voice to inspire new ideas and product enhancements, while providing access to a unique collection of expertise across technologies, markets, and geographies. The result is a better overall solution that the entire community can shape and share collectively. To better facilitate this collaboration for existing members and outreach to new members, DC4 has been totally redesigned to help the entire community flourish.

Here's what's new in DC4:

  • Expanded topic sections and forums covering WAN Optimization, SOA/Web Services, Remote Access, and Security.
  • Community-building enhancements including global User Group sections, Community Feedback forums, an MVP program, and support for the growing Japanese technical community with Japanese language support.
  • Sample applications created by F5's DevCentral team, as well as other F5 partners and experts, showcasing the possibilities of F5 tools and technologies.
  • Enhancements for F5 Partners:
    1. Expanded ISV solution sections and channels, including a new Microsoft Solutions section and discussion forum.
    2. Extensive syndication of DevCentral content and media via RSS to enable flexible consumption through popular RSS readers and portals.
    3. Optimized navigation for quick access to any information including tag clouds that visually depict the most popular DevCentral topics.

"F5's DevCentral is proof positive that commitment to community for collaboration benefits all participants-F5 customers and partners, as well as F5," said Jeff Browning, Director of Product Management at F5. "Social networking and Web 2.0 best practices are not gimmicks for the latest generation of consumer dot-coms. The community-driven innovation that F5 fosters through DevCentral simply delivers more value to customers and partners when they choose F5."

About DevCentral

F5 created DevCentral (http://devcentral.f5.com) over three years ago to foster community-driven innovation to help customers and partners maximize the effectiveness of F5's flexible technologies, including iRules, iControl, SSL VPN customization, and WAN optimization. With over 14,000 members worldwide, DevCentral is the only online community offering practical, real-world collaboration and solutions that bridge the traditional gap between application developers and network professionals. Free of charge, DevCentral offers tools, techniques, and collaboration to help the F5 user community create and build solutions with a wide range of F5 integration tools and technologies.

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 www.f5.com.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

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