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F5's FirePass SSL VPN Wins Network World 2006 "Best of the Tests" Finalist Award

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its FirePass 4100 Controller Version 5.5 has been awarded the 2006 "Best of the Tests" Finalist designation by Network World, the premier source of objective, authoritative testing-based articles in the network marketplace.

The "Best of the Tests" designation was awarded based on a competitive review of SSL VPN products published by Network World in December 2005. According to the reviewer, FirePass 4100 "is designed to ease and simplify the process of providing secure remote access to corporate networks. F5's end point security policy creation GUI (Virtual Policy Editor) is a perfect example: easy to use, fairly powerful and visually yards ahead of everyone else." In the review, FirePass was also noted for being "easy to configure for remote access environments," and for having "nice portal configuration tools" and "broad client support." It received "exceptional" (5 out of a possible 5) scores in both the "portal and virtualization" and "authentication" categories, as well as "very good" (4.5 out of a possible 5) scores in the categories of "manageability" and "high availability".

"A 'Best of the Tests' designation from Network World is additional independent validation that our product exceeds industry standards when it comes to giving our customers an easy-to-configure method for secure remote access," said Ameet Dhillon, Director of Product Management at F5 Networks. "This puts FirePass in an elite group of products that customers can be confident will deliver outstanding performance, scalability, ease-of-use, security and interoperability."

About the FirePass SSL VPN Product

F5's award-winning FirePass product enables enterprises to provide secure remote access to network resources using any web-enabled device and over a range of access networks, regardless of location. With FirePass, organizations benefit from superior performance and scalability, easy management, and the most advanced application security. It also offers the industry's only open Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to reduce the total cost of ownership through increased automation. And, with a F5 solution, customers can be ensured of complete business continuity by deploying F5's global traffic management product with F5's SSL VPN solution.

About Network World's 2006 Best of the Tests Finalist Designation

The 2006 "Best of the Tests" Finalist designation has been awarded by Network World to 45 products that registered the best performances in its hands-on testing program last year. In all, Network World tested and reported on over 200 enterprise products in that time frame.

Network World is the premier source of objective, authoritative testing-based articles in the network marketplace. Network World produces articles featuring both single-product and comparative product tests on a weekly basis. The publication taps into its 13-member Network World Lab Alliance, a group of the most qualified industry experts, network integrators and universities, to set methodology, conduct testing and produce the articles.

Network World's sixth annual Signature Series Best Products Issue, published February 27th, in print and online at, highlights the best new products, services and practices in networking and the best new ideas on buying, building and managing networks.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, and IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

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. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. Additional information about F5 is available on the company's website ( and in its SEC filings.

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