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F5's Application Ready Network Named Finalist for Microsoft Best of Tech-Ed Awards

F5's unified application delivery platform recognized in 'Architecture' category at Microsoft's premier event for IT professionals and developers

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced its Application Ready Network™ as a finalist for the Microsoft Best of Tech-Ed Awards, to be presented at Microsoft's Tech-Ed conference, June 4-8 in Orlando. F5's Application Ready Network is a holistic application network infrastructure designed to accelerate, optimize, and enhance the scalability of Microsoft Office systems.

"We are excited to receive formal recognition of our Application Ready Network from the Windows IT Media group," said Calvin Rowland, Director of Business Development at F5. "Being named a Best of Tech-Ed finalist further validates the cost-savings and enhanced operational efficiency enterprises can realize by leveraging F5's integrated application delivery network as a service for Microsoft Office applications."

Utilizing F5's entire solution portfolio, the Application Ready Network has been designed, tested, and documented to enhance and optimize the performance of Microsoft SharePoint Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007, Active Directory, and Live Communications Server 2005. F5 provides a comprehensive set of deployment and application guides, which outline best practices in architecting and fine-tuning application delivery networks to successfully streamline and deliver Microsoft Office applications.

The Best of Tech-Ed Awards recognize companies who offer innovative products and services in a variety of IT areas that involve: Architecture, Business Applications, Business Intelligence, Connected Systems, Database Development and Administration, Management and Operations, Windows Server Infrastructure, Developer Tools and Technologies, Web Development and Infrastructure, Mobility, Office System, Security, SharePoint, Unified Communications, and Windows Clients. 2007 entrants were evaluated on the basis of strategic importance to the market, competitive advantages, and value provided to the customer. The awards will be presented during an evening celebration honoring the finalists on Wednesday, June 6.

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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