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Mustang Engineering Boosts Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 Performance with F5's Application Ready Network

Global firm with 4,000-user SharePoint site benefits from 60 percent performance increase, maximizing application investment and improving employee productivity

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that Mustang Engineering has optimized the performance of its recent Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment using the F5 Application Ready Network (ARN). Pre-deployment test results showed a 60 percent improvement in the performance of Mustang's SharePoint Server 2007 environment when supported by F5® solutions.

"We made a significant investment in SharePoint Server 2007," said Keith Wingate, Senior Network Architect at Mustang. "If employees experience sluggishness with an enterprise application like SharePoint, they won't use it. F5's Application Ready Network ensures that we get top performance from SharePoint so that our employees can leverage this new collaborative environment to better serve our clients. This translates directly into a positive return on our SharePoint investment."

Mustang, an independent services provider to the oil, gas, chemical, and manufacturing industries, deployed SharePoint Server 2007 to over 4,000 employees at the company's Houston, Texas headquarters and its 12 other domestic and international offices. With help from Accudata Systems, a Houston-based IT consulting and integration firm with more than 26 years of experience, Mustang used F5's ARN, deploying the F5 BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM) with WebAccelerator solution to boost SharePoint Server 2007 performance and ensure a positive user experience. WebAccelerator is a web application delivery product that helps organizations overcome performance issues involving browsers, web application platforms, and WAN latency.

F5's ARN is a holistic, application-specific network architecture and infrastructure designed for enterprise applications such as Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007. It provides a complete set of resources that simplify the design, deployment, and management of mission-critical applications across the network with F5 products, including step-by-step deployment procedures and pre-defined, validated web acceleration policies. By removing bottlenecks outside the application's control that put deployments at risk-such as WAN latency-F5's ARN improves user experience, strengthens security, unifies access control and enforcement, and ensures the superior scalability of 2007 Microsoft Office system applications.

Accudata Systems assisted Mustang with the selection and testing of its BIG-IP LTM with WebAccelerator deployment. "We're seeing a sharp increase in the demand for services around SharePoint Server 2007. SharePoint is typically a very high profile and business-critical solution, so performance is key," said Chris Laney, Accudata Systems Account Manager. "Our ability to walk in the door with the F5 Application Ready Network allows us to deliver huge benefits to our clients because now we can help them address deployment concerns up front."

"Mustang's use of the F5 ARN for SharePoint Server 2007 is an exciting, real-world example of the benefits that we've documented in our own test results, as well as the test results of third parties," says Jim Ritchings, Vice President of Business Development at F5. "Using the F5 ARN helps Mustang deliver the innovation and quality they're known for by ensuring that employees can take full advantage of the collaboration capabilities SharePoint offers."

To learn more about F5 ARNs for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Office Communications Server 2008, Windows Server 2008, and many more enterprise applications, please visit www.f5.com/solution-center/partner-showcase/microsoft.html.

To learn more about Mustang's use of F5 solutions, please visit www.f5.com/pdf/case-studies/mustang-engineering-cs.pdf.

About Mustang Engineering

Mustang is an independent services provider to the global oil, gas, chemical and manufacturing industries. The company specializes in design, engineering, procurement, project management, and construction management, and offers these services through its six business units: upstream oil and gas, midstream, pipeline, automation and control, refining and petrochemicals, and process & industrial. Mustang has a staff of 4,500 worldwide, with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, and India. Its U.S. offices are located in Houston; Birmingham, Alabama; Monroe, Louisiana; Martinez, California; Greenville, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; and Wilmington, Delaware.

About Accudata Systems

Accudata Systems is an IT consulting and integration firm with more than 26 years experience providing high impact IT services and integrated solutions. With focused competencies in Enterprise Platforms, Security, Infrastructure, and Assessment & Compliance, Accudata Systems provides a full array of services and solutions ranging from technology assessments to project deployment and support. As a trusted advisor to clients, Accudata assists them in creating and supporting a computing environment that maximizes their investment in information technology. Accudata Systems is headquartered in Houston, Texas and has offices in Dallas, Austin, San Antonio and Los Angeles. Get more information at www.accudatasystems.com.

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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability. 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.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

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