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Tests Prove F5's BIG-IP Product Ensures High Performance and Availability for Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Deployments

F5 solution enables enterprises to maximize reporting service efficiency, while saving operational costs

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader of Application Traffic Management products, announced today that laboratory test results confirm that F5's BIG-IP® product truly provides organizations with an effective way to scale their large Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services deployments. The announcement follows the Microsoft SQL Server product group's internal capacity testing of the BIG-IP product with clustered "Web-farm" configurations.

"The tests demonstrate that BIG-IP ensures highly available services, plus the superior performance that enterprises need to effectively transact business," said Jim Ritchings, Vice-President of Business Development at F5 Networks. "By deploying BIG-IP with SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, customers can utilize existing resources and network capacity much more efficiently, lowering their overall operational costs."

During testing, Microsoft used BIG-IP to perform load balancing for two- and four-server clusters. The BIG-IP product's advanced traffic management and patented cookie persistence allows SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services' capacity to be scaled linearly. In all tests, a single remote server was used to store the reporting services catalog. Sharing a remote catalog on one server freed the clustered servers to act as dedicated reporting engines, which enabled Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services to more easily and cost-effectively scale.

"BIG-IP and SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services provide real benefits to customers, particularly those that need to deploy a large numbers of servers," said Don Petersen, Senior Product Manager for SQL Server at Microsoft Corp. "The combined solution gives customers always-on, real-time access to reporting information, plus the ability to conserve expensive IT resources and gain incremental value from their SQL Server investments."

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, visit the F5 Web site: www.f5.com

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