F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced its 2009 Channel Partners of the Year Awards for North America. The award program honors partners who best demonstrate the ability to increase sales through superior account management, provide helpful resources for customers and prospects, uncover new opportunities, and keep up to date on the latest technologies in the F5® solution portfolio.

“F5 is the recognized leader in Application Delivery Networking, and our partners continue to share in our success through innovative, effective channel sales and marketing efforts,” said Gary Abad, VP of North America Channel Sales at F5. “F5 is committed to establishing relationships with leading technology resellers and solution providers to ensure customer satisfaction and success. To this aim, we offer partner programs unlike any others in the industry—programs that help partners strengthen client accounts and drive sales.”

In selecting the winners, F5 examined the growth each partner experienced during 2009. Partners’ pre- and post-sales technical resources and engagement strategies were also considered. This special recognition highlights companies as top performers among F5’s impressive North American partner network. The awards will be presented at the 2010 F5 Americas Partner Summit this summer.

Winners of F5’s 2009 Channel Partner Awards for North America include:

“2009 was an economically challenging year across the industry,” added Abad. “These partners not only survived, but thrived amid tough market conditions. F5’s partner ecosystem is a tremendous asset, and these companies stood out for their contributions in expanding F5’s diverse customer base. Our goal is simple: help resellers and distributors improve sales and margin levels through the F5 Advantage Partner Program and North America’s highly successful F5 Lightning Program. We’re extremely gratified that these top-notch organizations have joined us in implementing agile IT environments and delivering enhanced value to customers.”

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to .

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