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Nokia BIG-IP 2000 Delivers Internet Traffic Management Solution for Enterprises Running Mission Critical Applications

Availability, Scalability and Performance Through Intelligent Traffic Management, On-Board SSL Acceleration and Integrated Gigabit and Fast Ethernet Switch Ports
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), Today Nokia announced the new Nokia BIG-IP® 2000 Application Switch, a fast and flexible Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) solution that ensures high availability, reliability and scalability for enterprise web applications and services. The BIG-IP 2000 is a port dense, local area traffic management solution that features advanced Layer 7 capabilities to make intelligent load balancing decisions. The solution supports enterprise-class IP (Internet Protocol) networks and applications that require superior performance and availability.

The BIG-IP 2000 is the latest application switch in Nokia's iTCM product line through its alliance with F5 Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) solutions. Other products in the Nokia iTCM product line include the Nokia BIG-IP FireGuard 520 appliance, Nokia BIG-IP HA+ 540 appliance and the Nokia BIG-IP 5000 application switch. The BIG-IP 2000 includes on-board SSL acceleration to offload processor-intensive functions from application servers and increase overall performance.

"The BIG-IP solutions enhance Nokia's overall value proposition by complementing the Nokia Internet security product family and offering our customers both traffic management and security solutions," said Dan MacDonald, Vice President, Product Management, Nokia Internet Communications. "Nokia's comprehensive Internet security and traffic management solutions will be particularly significant for the rapidly emerging traffic management and security needs of wireless network environments. The Nokia iTCM product line offers OPSEC certified interoperability with Nokia's security products."

Combining high performance hardware with intelligent, powerful software, the Nokia BIG-IP 2000 is an ideal solution to support demanding business services and applications being deployed over IP networks. The BIG-IP solution intercepts, inspects, transforms and directs all IP-based traffic to the appropriate resource or application within a data center, based upon flexible business rules established by the customer. With its ability to support nearly any type of IP traffic and port density for economy and scale, the BIG-IP 2000 offers enterprises powerful performance and flexibility for their applications and infrastructure. The solution maximizes the return on investment for customers by enabling their network to handle more traffic and achieve greater efficiencies with their existing infrastructure.

Available as a single unit or redundant pair, the BIG-IP 2000 is a highly scalable and adaptive solution that can easily evolve with the demands placed on enterprise and service provider networks. Additionally, the BIG-IP 2000 provides a high-performance architecture with Ethernet switching, 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports and 16 10/100 Fast Ethernet ports.

The Nokia BIG-IP 2000 will be available globally May 2002.

About Nokia Internet Communications

Nokia Internet Communications, headquartered in Mountain View, California, provides world class Network Security, Virtual Private Network and Internet Traffic and Content Management solutions that ensure the security and reliability of corporate enterprise and managed service provider networks. Nokia is committed to enhancing the end user experience by bringing a new level of security and reliability to the network, enabling an Internet transaction that is personal and trusted -- each and every time. For more information, please visit Nokia website and click on Secure Network Solutions.

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications. Backed by its experience, innovation, user-friendliness and secure solutions, the company has become the leading supplier of mobile phones and a leading supplier of mobile, fixed broadband and IP networks. By adding mobility to the Internet Nokia creates new opportunities for companies and further enriches the daily lives of people. Nokia is a broadly held company with listings on six major exchanges.

For More Information: (Media and Industry Analysts Only Please)

Nokia Internet Communications:
Americas (California based)
Amy Grenier, Interactive Public Relations for Nokia Internet Communications
Tel. + 1 415 391 1106 x227 or amy@ipri.com

EMEA (UK based)
Claire Backhurst
Tel. +44 7788 145460 or claire.backhurst@nokia.com

APAC (Singapore based)
Bonnie Datta
Tel. +6597389743 or bonnie.datta@nokia.com

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