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University of Southern California and INVESCO Select F5 Networks' BIG-IP Blade Controller to Optimize Blade Server Performance

Customers choose F5 software to maximize the operational efficiencies and return on their blade server investment

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic Management (ITM) products, today announced that University of Southern California (USC) and INVESCO in the UK, have selected F5's BIG-IP® Blade Controller to handle intelligent traffic management and high availability of their blade server deployments. BIG-IP Blade Controller runs on a blade and is a critical extension of any blade server platform, allowing traffic to be dynamically sent to the best performing resource available within the chassis.

"As a participant in F5 Networks' early adopter program we were able to install, test and certify BIG-IP Blade Controller software and found the price performance of the blade-based solution to be very compelling," said David Brown, senior systems engineer at USC. "The software runs very well on the HP ProLiant BL e-Class blades currently installed at USC, and we use the software to manage and support USC's web-based registration application."

In order to maximize any blade server's potential, enterprises must be able to unify the independent application and server resources that reside on individual blades and present them as one entity in order to heighten operational efficiencies. This is true no matter who the manufacturer is. Combining blade server technology with BIG-IP software provides a highly scaleable and unified computing platform for the successful delivery of web applications, while ensuring that the blade servers and applications are always available, secure and performing optimally.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic Management (ITM) and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance and availability for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

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