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Thomson Scientific and Healthcare Achieves Premium Application Performance and Business Continuity with F5 Solutions

Leading provider of R&D information ensures seamless failover between multiple data centers, improving application recovery time by 98.8%

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that Thomson Scientific and Healthcare (TSH) is using F5 products to achieve optimal application availability and business continuity for its research and development applications and databases worldwide. With F5, TSH has reduced server recovery time from an average of two hours to 90 seconds, representing a 98.8% improvement in application recovery.

TSH, one of four market groups within the Thomson Corporation (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC)-a conglomerate reporting approximately $8.4 billion in annual revenue-provides research and development information solutions that assist researchers, information specialists, and professionals in biotechnology, chemistry, engineering, healthcare, law, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate training, and assessment.

TSH's state-of-the-art network infrastructure consists of three data centers worldwide. As global demand for TSH's web applications grew, so did the need for rapid site recovery and transparent failover between these data centers. Moreover, TSH clients pay for uninterrupted, integrated information access from locations around the world. Failure by TSH to meet crucial Service Level Agreements (SLAs) could result in costly customer refunds.

F5's BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and Global Traffic Manager (GTM) provide the redundancy and high availability required to support TSH's global network infrastructure. BIG-IP GTM, located at the edge of each data center, directs TSH's customers to the nearest and best performing data center, based on network conditions. End-user requests are then passed through the BIG-IP LTM, which sits in each of the company's data centers and distributes applications across the best performing local area servers. With F5's solution, TSH is able to meet its business-critical SLAs by providing the continuous application access their customers require.

"We continue to be extremely satisfied with the value and efficiency F5 delivers to our customers and internal IT team," said James McGhee, Lead Network Engineer at Thomson Scientific and Healthcare. "Through F5's application delivery solutions, customers can rely on Thomson Scientific for the information they need, regardless of unanticipated data center challenges. Plus, F5's iRules functionality enables us to better manage session IDs and provides the L7 fluency required to enhance our customers' application performance and user experience."

"Thomson Scientific and Healthcare supplies invaluable resources to professionals in the research and development sector worldwide," said Jason Needham, Director of Product Management at F5. "F5's robust TMOS platform provides a highly programmable, intelligent, and flexible foundation for our application delivery networking products. This architecture allows enterprises like Thomson Scientific and Healthcare to significantly enhance web traffic virtualization and management, enabling them to improve application performance and efficiency on a global scale."

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About The Thomson Corporation

The Thomson Corporation (, with 2005 revenues of approximately $8.40 billion, is a global leader in providing integrated information solutions to business and professional customers. Thomson provides value-added information, software tools and applications to more than 20 million users in the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, higher education, reference information, corporate e-learning and assessment, scientific research and healthcare. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson has approximately 40,500 employees and provides services in approximately 130 countries. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).

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, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 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

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