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F5's FirePass SSL VPN Product Gains Rapid Momentum Worldwide

FirePass Controller is a hit with customers who need a secure remote access solution with the most comprehensive application access

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced that its best-in-class FirePass® product for secure remote access continues to gain widespread and rapid adoption worldwide. In just one year since the acquisition of uRoam, Inc., and its FirePass technology, the product has jumped into the No. 2 position for unit market share1 and revenue has grown in excess of 600 percent. In addition, FirePass has won a significant number of strategic customers around the globe, including: Microsoft Corporation, Paris International Airport, Marquette General Health System, Boardwalk Rental Communities, CoinStar, Inc., JMP Securities LLC, Recreational Equipment, Inc., NTT AT Techno Communication Corp., Organo Corp., Daiichi Suntory Pharma Co., Ltd., WDI Corp., Kumi Kasei Co., Ltd., Clark Thomas & Winters, Center for Medical Analysis, Blazent, and Alex Beleggersbank.

The exceptional growth rate is a direct result of F5's successful market execution, strong working relationship with channel partners, and rich SSL VPN product, which offers the broadest application access as well as end-point and application security. Additionally, no other vendor offers an open API (Application Programming Interface) and SDK (Software Developer's Kit) that enables 3rd party application vendors to build seamless, secure remote access into their client applications.

"F5's expertise in security and application intelligence combined with its thorough understanding of enterprise customer requirements has enabled the company to achieve remarkable success in a very short time period," said Joel Conover, Principal Analyst, Enterprise Infrastructure at Current Analysis, Inc. "F5's acquisition of uRoam and integration of FirePass technology has enabled F5 to deliver a highly competitive SSL VPN solution and rapidly build market share in the secure remote access market segment."

During the past year, F5 has gained FirePass customers from a wide variety of industries, largely due to the product's strength as a remote access solution for:

  • Mobile employees who require easy corporate access from laptops and other devices without a preinstalled VPN client
  • Users with home PCs and other non-corporate-owned devices who want access to the Intranet and other corporate applications from any browser
  • Extranet users, including business partners and customers, who require access to corporate applications that must be restricted and monitored

"F5 Networks is unique in the industry because it offers a complete solution to protect organizations against any Web application vulnerabilities," said Gordon Shevlin, Senior Vice President of Sales at SiegeWorks. "FirePass provides very strong security for users outside corporate control and a long list of integrated features, delivering extremely high value."

"The FirePass solution gives our stock brokers reliable and secure access to the financial information they need at anytime, from anywhere," said Arie Ligtvoet, Director of ICT, for Dutch financial firm Alex Beleggersbank. "FirePass is also a truly scalable solution that can grow as we grow, without ever compromising performance, reliability or security."

1 Source: VPN and Firewall Appliances and Software, Infonetics Research, Quarterly Worldwide Market Share and Forecasts for 1Q04

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

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