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SAP Uses F5 Networks' Security Technology

F5's FirePass Controller for secure remote access enables protection of SAP's sensitive corporate data worldwide

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced that SAP AG, the world's largest software supplier, is using F5 technology to protect sensitive corporate data. Secure remote access installations based on F5's FirePass® 4100 series platform have been deployed in SAP offices across the globe in places such as Waldorf, Germany; Newtown Square, Pennsylvania; Palo Alto, California; Singapore and Tokyo. The FirePass 4100 is the latest generation in secure sockets layer virtual private network (SSL VPN) solutions by F5.

F5's FirePass product allows thousands of SAP employees located all over the world to securely connect to corporate applications and data. In addition, FirePass ensures simple administration and state-of-the-art technology to protect SAP's network and applications. F5's 4100 enterprise-class hardware platform provides many features for a highly available implementation.

A smooth deployment of FirePass has played a key role in the global environment in which SAP operates. In the Far East, comprehensive support for Japanese, Chinese, and Korean languages contributed to SAP's decision to go with the FirePass platform. "We'd recommend FirePass to any IT manager faced with the job of equipping a variety of different user types with a secure remote access solution," said Michael Frohn, F5's General Manager, Central Europe. "The ability to quickly allow immediate external access to an ever-expanding base of business applications and resources from a Laptop, PDA or Mac, provides a significant Return on Investment, while lowering the Total Cost of Ownership."

"We have granted remote access to sensitive business data for SAP Consulting and Support Lines of Business. And for the SAP Sales line of business, the FirePass has allowed for easy connections to demo systems," Frohn added.

About SAP

SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions*. Today, more than 26,150 customers in over 120 countries run more than 88,700 installations of SAP® software -- from distinct solutions addressing the needs of small and midsize businesses to enterprise-scale suite solutions for global organizations. Powered by the SAP NetWeaver™ platform to drive innovation and enable business change, mySAP™ Business Suite solutions are helping enterprises around the world improve customer relationships, enhance partner collaboration and create efficiencies across their supply chains and business operations. SAP industry solutions support the unique business processes of more than 25 industry segments, including high tech, retail, public sector and financial services. With subsidiaries in more than 50 countries, the company is listed on several exchanges, including the Frankfurt stock exchange and NYSE under the symbol "SAP." (Additional information at

(*) SAP defines business software solutions as comprising enterprise resource planning and related software solutions such as supply chain management, customer relationship management, product life-cycle management and supplier relationship management.

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 6,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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