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Mercery Interactive And F5 Networks Join forces To Automate Traffic Management Decisions For E-Business And Enterprise Customers

Combined Solutions Lower Administration Costs and Ensures Maximum Application Uptime

Mercury Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: MERQ), the leading provider of enterprise testing and performance management solutions, and F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products today announced that they will work together to deliver application performance management solutions to better detect, diagnose and prevent problems that affect Quality of Service levels. Through F5's iControl API (Application Programming Interface), F5 will integrate Mercury Interactive's Topaz™ application performance management solutions with its iTCM products to receive information, such as alerts and performance data, to affect traffic management decisions and provide maximum application uptime and performance. Mercury Interactive will integrate F5's iTCM server appliance to automatically collect core network information and to drive more detailed and informative alerts so application errors and downtime can be minimized or erased.

"In order for enterprises to deliver the highest Quality of Service through their site, they must be able to effectively identify, isolate and diagnose problems when they arise," said Zohar Gilad, vice president and general manager for Mercury Interactive's Application Performance Management Business Unit. "The combination of Mercury Interactive's performance monitoring products and F5's iTCM products delivers a powerful solution that will ultimately help customers reduce cost by quickly helping them to identify, diagnose, resolve or avoid performance issues before their customers ever experience a problem."

"We're pleased to be working with a market leader like Mercury Interactive and are excited about the mutual integration plans," said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice-president of marketing and business development at F5 Networks. "This agreement will enable us to integrate our e-business and enterprise solution with Mercury Interactive's leading performance management solutions for rapid deployment to customers whereby they get the best in e-business applications and performance monitoring to run their businesses and increase customer satisfaction."

About Topaz

Mercury Interactive's Topaz was designed to meet organizations' application performance management (APM) needs. By using Topaz, organizations can monitor the performance of their applications, receive alerts when issues arise, identify problems and diagnose their cause. It is the only solution that measures the end-user experience 24x7 and correlates performance issues to their root cause in the Web infrastructure-inside and outside the firewall and in the application. As a result, organizations can ensure users are receiving solid performance and quickly resolve any infrastructure problems.

Mercury Interactive Corporation

Mercury Interactive is the leading provider of enterprise testing and performance management solutions. The company's automated software and managed services help companies deliver and maintain high-performance applications. Customers worldwide use Mercury Interactive solutions across their application and technology infrastructures to minimize hardware and operational expenses, protect revenue streams and enhance their competitive positions. Mercury Interactive was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif. The company has over 1400 employees with offices in more than 20 countries. Further information is available at or by phone at U.S. +1.408.822.5200.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

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