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F5's Application Ready Network Wins Attendees' Pick Award at Microsoft's Tech-Ed Conference

Recognition at prominent industry event underscores the value F5's application delivery platform provides to customers running Microsoft applications

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its Application Ready Network captured the Best of Tech-Ed Attendees' Pick Award in the Architecture category at Microsoft's premier conference for IT professionals and developers. F5's Application Ready Network is a holistic application network infrastructure designed to accelerate, optimize, and enhance the scalability of Microsoft Office systems, including Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007.

Attendees' Pick Award winners were selected from a group of finalists that judges at Penton Media's Windows IT Pro, SQL Server Magazine, and Office & SharePoint determined prior to the conference. "The field included more than 260 entries and after technically evaluating all of the entries, we chose finalists based on the product's strategic importance to the market, its competitive advantages, and the value to the customer," said Michael Otey, Technical Director for Windows IT Pro.

More than 13,000 conference attendees had the opportunity to vote for the Attendees' Pick Awards, recognizing companies who offer innovative products and services in the following categories: 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, and Unified Communications.

"Marquee recognition at one of Microsoft's premier events is a powerful proof point of the advantages of F5's Application Ready Network," said Calvin Rowland, Director of Business Development at F5. "The fact that we were selected for this award by an attendee base of leading IT professionals indicates that many Microsoft customers are seeing the benefit of deploying F5 solutions to optimize their networks for the successful delivery of Microsoft applications."

Tech-Ed is the most comprehensive technical training conference offered by Microsoft; 2007's event was held in Orlando, June 4-8. Award finalists were included in the Attendees' Pick product showcase guide, and F5's award was presented on June 7.

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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