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F5's BIG-IP v9 System Named 'Product of the Year' in the Network Management Tools Category by a Leading Enterprise IT Networking Publication

TechTarget judges impressed by the BIG-IP product's across-the-board functionality and the solution's ability to help maximize application server and network asset investment
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced that BIG-IP® 6400 version 9 has been named 'Product of the Year' in the network management tools category of SearchNetworking.com's highly regarded annual awards competition. The next-generation traffic management product won the Gold Award, beating out approximately 20 other competitive products. SearchNetworking.com is a channel of TechTarget.

"(BIG-IP) Local Traffic Manager adds considerable new functionality to a product line that was already a best-in-class offering. This functionality helps maximize application server and network asset investment," said one judge.

Upon analysis of the product, SearchNetworking.com cited how the BIG-IP solution allows organizations to extend traffic management to all of their IP-based applications. "In this way, they can ensure quality of service and manageability, apply business policies and rules to content delivery, support increasing traffic volumes, deliver applications securely, increase operational efficiency and cost control, and remain flexible to future application and infrastructure changes to protect their investments."

"Receiving a Gold Award from SearchNetworking.com is a significant honor and a confirmation that BIG-IP v9 leads the industry with superior innovation and performance," said Jason Needham, Director of Product Management at F5 Networks. "We're pleased that the judges recognized the major improvements in BIG-IP v9, such as F5's ground-breaking Traffic Management/Operating System (TM/OS), and gave us top scores in functionality across the board."

For this competition, SearchNetworking.com editors solicited nominations from equipment vendors, selected nominees themselves, and recruited a panel of industry experts and networking professionals to judge entries. Panelists evaluated 122 products in six major categories based on:

  • Innovation
  • Performance
  • Ease of integration into environment
  • Ease of use and manageability
  • Functionality
  • Value
  • Service and support

To read the full article describing SearchNetworking.com's evaluation of the BIG-IP product, go to http://www.f5.com/f5/news/articles/article012405a.html. For more information on BIG-IP v9, go to http://www.f5.com/f5products/v9intro/index.html.

About SearchNetworking.com

SearchNetworking.com is a leading online resource for more than 330,000 enterprise IT professionals who seek information on the latest networking technologies and issues so they can make decisions, research products and set strategies. SearchNetworking.com provides original news stories, expert advice and interactive features for the networking community, and is the largest online source of networking e-newsletters, white papers and Web casts. More information can be found at http://www.SearchNetworking.com.

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 6,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to www.f5.com

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