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FNZ Teams with F5 to Deliver the Financial Services Industry's Most Complete Third-Party Online Account Management Service

Financial Services firm standardizes on F5's Application Delivery Networking solutions to support hundreds of banking, securities, and insurance companies; Ensures best possible experience for users accessing financial data

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that FNZ has successfully deployed F5 products to build its Application Delivery Network to support more than 110,000 investors in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Using the F5® BIG-IP® system and other F5 products, the company equipped itself from the onset to support an expanding customer base with fast, reliable, and secure access to financial data.

FNZ operates the financial services industry's most complete third-party online account management service. The company's technology, called a "wrap" platform, enables investors and brokers to manage an entire portfolio through a single portal. Banks, securities firms, and insurers-including heavyweights like Bank of New Zealand and the United Kingdom's Standard Life-use customized versions of FNZ's infrastructure in place of building their own.

"F5 solutions are seamless-we don't have to play around with them," said Neil Manning, Head of IT Security and Infrastructure at FNZ. "From avoiding website downtime, ensuring absolute security and accelerating traffic flows, to enabling our employees working offsite access to the network-F5 helps us solve problems and grow our business. In fact, F5 solutions are FNZ's company-wide standard for Application Delivery Networking. That means FNZ's core applications can manage rising workloads for years to come."

Using F5's Application Delivery Networking products, FNZ has dramatically streamlined the challenging task of maintaining high reliability during its rapid expansion across multiple continents. FNZ has standardized on the following F5 solutions:

Maximizing Value from an Application Delivery Network

FNZ has also been diligently seeking ways to extract maximum value out of existing application delivery products. For example, FNZ now uses F5's iRules scripting language-a capability built into the BIG-IP system-to automatically cache logos and other images, so its web servers don't have to load the same bulky graphics over and over. "[The BIG-IP system] has all these extra bits that we didn't use at first," added Manning, "that have increased our site's performance approximately tenfold."

For more information on FNZ's use of F5 solutions, please visit: www.f5.com/f5world/articles/volume6/F5World06-cover-story.pdf

About FNZ

FNZ provides the technology platform used by major financial institutions in the UK and NZ to distribute retail financial products to customers via financial advisers. FNZ provides financial advisers with a sophisticated, highly configurable web-based platform that they use to run their business, create and manage their customers' financial plans via sophisticated modelling tools, create and manage investment portfolios and perform regular financial reviews in a highly automated model. Straight through processing of financial transactions is used to provide advisers and customers with online single point access to a vast range of investments, including mutual funds, shares and cash management seamlessly connecting customers, advisers and product manufacturers. FNZ provides the platform via a software-as-a-service model hosted in its own state of the art data-centres. We act as custodian for the underlying investments receiving custodial fees that are a percentage of assets administered by FNZ on the platform. We administer assets on behalf of major financial institutions in NZ and the UK. We employ approximately 180 staff in offices in Wellington, Edinburgh, Bristol, and London.

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 16,000 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 www.f5.com.

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