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F5 Networks Alliance with Hewlett-Packard to Deliver Traffic Management for HP Blade Server

F5 Networks Delivers Traffic Management Solution to Run On HP’s New High Density Blade Server, Joins HP Blade Server Alliance Program

F5’s BIG-IP® software helps ensure that HP customers achieve maximum
utilization, uptime, and ROI of their overall server investment

SEATTLE -- F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced that it has delivered the first load balancing solution to run on Hewlett-Packard Company’s new blade server series and has joined the HP Blade Server Alliance Program. F5’s BIG-IP® software, when integrated on an HP-certified blade, provides high availability and intelligent traffic management across web servers, caches, firewalls, and other services and applications running inside the HP blade server. The HP blade server, announced today, is the market’s first high-density modular server solution from any major computer vendor.

“We’re pleased to provide the first HP-certified load balancing solution for HP’s new blade server series,” said Tom Pettigrew, vice-president of channel sales at F5 Networks. “Because of their CompactPCI-based open standard blade strategy, HP has the broadest blade ecosystem available today. And, since F5’s core value is in our software, we were able to quickly deliver a feature-rich, comprehensive load balancing solution that’s fully compatible with HP’s blade server series. F5’s iControl API, which is part of BIG-IP, will add further value to the overall solution by making it possible for applications to directly interoperate with the network’s traffic management infrastructure.”

Having completed a formal interoperability and compatibility testing process to HP standards, F5 joins the HP Blade Server Alliance Program, under which HP will sell the product and assist F5 with their “go-to-market” efforts for the BIG-IP solution. As a result, customers will be able to purchase the BIG-IP solution optimised for HP’s blade server through the HP sales force, resellers, and F5’s Advantage Program Reseller Partners.

“HP is excited to welcome F5 Networks as an HP Blade Server Alliance member,” said Mark Hudson, director of Worldwide Marketing for HP’s Business Systems and Technology Organization. “Our leadership in this emerging market is truly enhanced by the addition of F5’s advanced BIG-IP software. One of the key objectives of the HP blade server series is to achieve greater efficiencies and BIG-IP helps us accomplish that by enabling the server and network to do more work and handle more traffic, without adding more equipment.”

As a fully integrated, plug-n-play component of the HP blade server, the BIG-IP solution makes it easy for HP customers to achieve near-perfect reliability and increase the return on investment for their network infrastructure. BIG-IP, through its virtualisation capabilities, serves as the glue that optimises how the different blades work together and simplifies management by allowing the customer to view them as one single device. The award-winning BIG-IP solution brings standard layer 2-3 networking and innovative layer 4-7 traffic management together to significantly increase web server and network capacities. The BIG-IP software running on the HP blade server will cost-effectively scale enterprise, managed services, and e-Business applications while delivering on the promise of 99.999% uptime.

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.

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