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F5 Networks Provides BEA-Ready™ Solution That Offers Market-Leading Scalability, Performance and Flexibility For BEA WebLogic Server




SEATTLE, WASH., NOVEMBER 27, 2001 -- F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that it has joined the growing list of companies in the Star Partner Program of BEA Systems, Inc., one of the world’s leading e-business infrastructure software companies. F5 and BEA have successfully completed interoperability testing between F5’s BIG-IP® Controller and BEA WebLogic Server™, providing customers with a high-performance, easy-to-deploy load balancing solution that supports BEA WebLogic clustering. The combined solution allows enterprises to achieve superior reliability (99.999% uptime), scalability and SSL (Secure Socket Layer) processing power for BEA WebLogic clusters and the applications they support.



By taking advantage of BIG-IP’s advanced Layer 7 capabilities and integrated SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) processing, BEA WebLogic can more efficiently process the increasing number of IP-based applications and services that enterprises, service providers and e-Businesses are delivering over the Internet. Plans for further integration between F5 and BEA products will be accomplished through F5’s iControl API (application programming interface) allowing BEA WebLogic to send instructions to F5 products for simplified management and improved traffic distribution. This integration will benefit customers by reducing their setup and management responsibilities, as BEA WebLogic will be able to automatically send configuration and management updates to F5 products within the network infrastructure. The integration will also include specialised performance monitoring of BEA WebLogic by F5’s BIG-IP and 3-DNS products, designed specifically to enhance traffic direction and the scalability of BEA server clusters.


The BIG-IP Controller has been designed and tested to properly manage users’ connections to BEA WebLogic clusters. By adding BIG-IP to the solution, customers can easily track and determine end user persistence to BEA WebLogic servers, which ensures that each user is sent to the proper BEA WebLogic server.


“As a leading web and wireless application server, BEA WebLogic Server powers sophisticated e-business applications within some of the world’s largest sites and data centers,” said Jeff Pancottine, senior vice president of marketing and business development at F5 Networks. “Top performance, high availability and security of IP-based web services continue to be critical issues for most enterprises. Deploying F5’s products with BEA WebLogic adds definitive and measurable value by helping customers meet these objectives. F5’s iControl API brings additional value to BEA’s customers by offering seamless integration between BEA WebLogic Server and F5 products, allowing the network and the applications to communicate. The net result to the customer is a model for hands free administration and a lower cost of ownership, while achieving higher performance, scale, and reliability levels.”


As a member of the BEA Star Partner program, F5 will receive an array of benefits in marketing, sales, training, education, and technical development. BEA Star members are systems integrators, independent software vendors and application service providers building e-business solutions on the BEA WebLogic E-Business Platform™ to help make their customers Internet-ready and future-proof.


About F5 Networks


F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), 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 optimise Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimise 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 http://www.f5.com .


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Grace Cheung
F5 Networks.
01784 497218
g.cheung@f5.com


Munir Kotadia
theACC
020 8286 3212
mkotadia@theacc.net

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