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MSNBC.com Teams with F5 to Ensure High Availability and Top Performance of Its Site

F5 provided added insurance during the 2002 Olympic Winter Games to accommodate unprecedented traffic volumes

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that MSNBC.com chose F5 products to help ensure that the popular news site provides the best quality of service to visitors, even under immense traffic.

"As the number one news site, our visitors demand timely and reliable access to information, 24x7," said Mike Corrigan, Director of Technology at MSNBC.com. "We're pleased to be working with F5 to help ensure that we render the best possible site performance - even under heavy traffic spikes. Through our careful planning for the Olympics along with our use of F5's products, we're very satisfied with the overall performance of our site."

MSNBC.com is the Internet's most popular news website with URLs such as MSNBC.com, NBCSports.com and Newsweek.MSNBC.com. During the month of February, the site experienced unprecedented levels of traffic as the MSNBC.com infrastructure hosted the official 2002 Olympic Winter Games web sites, found at Olympic website and NBC Olympic website. The 2002 Olympic Winter Games drew record-breaking online participation from fans around the globe, making these sites the most highly trafficked event site in sports history.

"We're excited about working with MSNBC.com and our role in supporting their efforts for the world's most popular sporting event," said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice-president of marketing and business development at F5 Networks. "F5's core value proposition is aimed squarely at sites like MSNBC.com, which have large volumes of dynamic content being accessed by all types of global users - often in unpredictable waves. F5 products help MSNBC.com ensure that their site has the maximum reliability and performance for their applications and infrastructure."

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 www.f5.com.

About MSNBC.com

MSNBC.com is the number one news site based on audience data tracked by the Internet measurement service Media Metrix™. The leader in breaking news and original journalism on the Internet, MSNBC.com delivers the best of NBC News, MSNBC Cable, CNBC, NBC Sports, MSN, and Newsweek. MSNBC is a 24-hour cable and Internet joint venture of Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and NBC News (NYSE: GE.)

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

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