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F5's BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager Receives Prestigious Global Product Excellence Award - Customer Trust from Info Security Products Guide

F5 product named 'Winner of Excellence in Disaster Recovery'

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager (GTM) has won Info Security Products Guide's 2006 Global Product Excellence Award for Customer Trust. More than 18,000 end-users and prospective customers worldwide were invited to vote for the products they trust the most when it comes to protecting their digital resources, and BIG-IP GTM was proclaimed "Winner of Excellence in Disaster Recovery."

The Global Excellence Awards are given to products designated "ahead of the curve" for their features and capabilities. BIG-IP GTM transparently routes end user application requests to the best performing site according to data center and network conditions or business policies to ensure the highest possible availability. Unlike its competition, F5's BIG-IP GTM offers best-in-class management tools. Its unique design helps mitigate the effects of disasters, attacks, and application infrastructure failures, safeguarding against the loss of customer revenue, satisfaction, and productivity. The device's comprehensive health monitoring provides a holistic view into application and data center health from a centralized location.

"We believe this award represents F5's commitment to helping organizations meet their business continuity goals," said Erik Giesa, Vice President of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5. "BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager one-click failover process eliminates the errors and inefficiencies related to manual failover management while giving organizations a unified, cohesive framework to manage all their application services across multiple sites."

BIG-IP GTM is built on F5's unique TMOS architecture that provides enterprises with a holistic way to solve the challenges of keeping their business-critical applications up and running in the event of a disaster or even during routine maintenance without affecting performance or placing an additional burden on administration. F5 is the only vendor in the industry to provide organizations with a programmatic approach for traffic distribution. Using programmable iRules, organizations can implement customized global traffic distribution policies that are more in line with their business goals.

For more about BIG-IP GTM, please visit or view its listing as part of the Info Security Products Guide at

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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