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Swan Labs and Check Point Enable Enterprises Optimal Application Performance while Operating in a Highly-Secure WAN Environment

Swan Labs Achieves OPSEC Certification from Check Point

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) -- Swan Labs, the premier provider of enterprise application shaping solutions, today announced that its solutions have achieved OPSEC™ (Open Platform for Security) certification from Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: CHKP), the worldwide leader in securing the Internet. In addition, the company has released results from benchmark tests conducted during the certification process. The results show dramatic performance improvements on WAN file transfers, driven by advanced TCP optimization, and transparent data reduction, when Swan Labs' WANJet is deployed in conjunction with Check Point's VPN-1® Pro®. The OPSEC certification proves the seamless interoperation of Swan Labs' multi-application acceleration and advanced WAN optimization technologies with Check Point's market-leading perimeter security solutions.

The proliferation of VPN technology is due to the significant cost savings achieved over traditional dedicated lines. As VPN technology provides a flexible and cost-effective infrastructure for extending the corporate network to all employees and key partners, administrators must ensure that WAN bandwidth is optimized. Swan solutions prevent latency by combining multi-application acceleration and advanced WAN optimization technologies on one platform to provide the highest rate of performance for individual applications and the WAN as a whole.

"By achieving OPSEC certification, customers are reassured that the Swan Labs optimization technologies will interoperate with their existing Check Point infrastructure," said Tom Tansy, VP of marketing at Swan Labs.

"Swan Labs is the only solution that combines multi-application acceleration and advanced WAN optimization in one platform to ensure the absolute highest level of performance over VPNs, maximizing performance to rival that of leased lines."

Swan Labs' enterprise application delivery technology used in conjunction with Check Point's VPN-1 Pro solutions provides enterprises with optimal application performance while delivering the applications securely to remote users anywhere in the world. The combined solution dramatically increases application performance over any network, enhances the end user experience, and provides system-wide predictability and reliability.

As part of the certification process, benchmark tests were conducted on different file types under a variety of link speed and latency configurations, while tracking performance improvement for both first-time transfers as well as repeat transfers. The test scenarios included Linux HTTP transfers of a 30MB file, Linux FTP transfers of a 30MB file, Windows FTP transfers of a 9MB PDF file and Windows HTTP transfers of a 12.5MB zip file. All scenarios were tested across 10Mbps, 1.5Mbps and 512Kbps links with latencies ranging from 100ms to 300ms. The results of the tests confirm dramatic performance improvements on WAN file transfers, driven by advanced TCP optimization and transparent data reduction, when Swan Labs' WANJet is deployed in conjunction with Check Point's VPN-1 Pro. (For detailed benchmark results, go to

"We are pleased that Swan Labs has achieved OPSEC certification," said Paul Weinstein, vice president of Business Development for Check Point Software Technologies.

"Swan Labs' acceleration technology coupled with Check Point's VPN solutions enables enterprises to deliver applications securely over the Wide Area Network with optimal performance."

About Check Point's OPSEC

OPSEC (Open Platform for Security) is the industry's open, multi-vendor security framework. With over 350 partners, OPSEC guarantees customers the broadest choice of best-of-breed integrated applications and deployment platforms that support Check Point's Perimeter, Internal and Web security solutions. Products that carry the OPSEC Certified seal have been tested to guarantee integration and interoperability, ensuring maximum protection for business communications and resources for corporate networks and applications, remote employees, branch offices and partner extranets. For complete OPSEC Alliance program information, including partner and product listings, the freely available OPSEC SDK (software development kit) and evaluation versions of OPSEC Certified products, visit

About Swan Labs

Swan Labs has recently entered into an agreement to be purchased by F5 Networks and the deal is expected to close in the last quarter of 2005. Swan Labs is the premier provider of enterprise application delivery solutions to Global 2000 companies. Enterprise application delivery is a new market category that resides at the intersection of application acceleration and WAN optimization. With Swan Labs' solution, enterprise customers experience increased application utilization, predictable end-user response times, dramatic WAN performance gains, and lower WAN costs.

Swan Labs is headquartered in San Jose, California, and has development and support operations in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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