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F5 Networks Named to FORTUNE’s List of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies

F5 Ranked 17th among World’s Top Technology Companies for 2010

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), has been named one of the world’s fastest-growing companies, according to FORTUNE. F5 is ranked No. 64 among what FORTUNE calls “the world’s supercharged performers” on its 2010 list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies. F5, the only company in its market space to make the list of 100, ranks No. 17 among the top technology companies.

“It’s truly gratifying for F5 to be recognized by FORTUNE as one of the world’s fastest-growing companies,” said John McAdam, President and CEO of F5. “I believe our ability to thrive in today’s economic climate is due to the strategic value our solutions provide to customers—allowing them to respond quickly to change, scale their businesses online, reduce costs, and ultimately, to be more competitive.”

The following criteria was evaluated in determining FORTUNE’s list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies: listing on a major U.S. stock exchange; filing quarterly reports with the SEC; a minimum market capitalization of $250 million and a stock price of at least $5 on June 30, 2010; and trading continuously since June 30, 2007. The company must also have revenue and net income of at least $50 million and $10 million, respectively, for the four quarters ended on or before April 30, 2010. Finally, the company must have posted an annualized growth in revenue and earnings per share of at least 15% annually over the three years ended on or before April 30, 2010.

The full list and related stories appear in the September 6, 2010 issue of FORTUNE, available on newsstands on Monday, August 23, and online at http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortunefastestgrowing/2010/index.html.

F5 Networks is hiring. Please visit www.f5.com/about/careers/ for more information.

About FORTUNE

FORTUNE magazine is a global leader in business journalism with a domestic circulation of over 850,000 and a global readership of nearly 5 million, and major franchises including the FORTUNE 500 and the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For. FORTUNE Live Media extends the brand’s mission into live events, hosting a wide range of annual conferences, including FORTUNE’s Most Powerful Women and the FORTUNE Global Forum. FORTUNE publishes English-language editions in Europe and Asia, and local-language editions in China and South Korea. FORTUNE magazine’s online home is CNNMoney.com, which draws 5.7 million readers a month.

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.

F5 and F5 Networks are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terms. These statements are only predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based upon a number of factors including those identified in the company's filings with the SEC.

 

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F5 Optimizes Microsoft Solutions Enabling the Dynamic Data Center

New Offerings Allow Enterprises to Leverage Virtualization and On-Premise Cloud Computing, Move Toward ‘On-Demand IT,’ and Implement a More Agile and Responsive IT Infrastructure

 


SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today With F5® solutions optimized to work with Microsoft technologies, customers gain strategic points of control throughout the infrastructure, giving IT the ability to access and allocate resources on demand. Specifically, F5 is announcing the advantages of deploying the F5 Management Pack® for System Center Operations Manager and the BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition in concert with Microsoft products, in addition to expanded partnership efforts.

 

 

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Virtualized environments require sophisticated tools to help IT provision and unify computing, network, and storage resources for maximum utilization and efficiency. F5’s solution portfolio promotes seamless application delivery for virtualization and cloud deployments running on Microsoft platforms. In addition, F5® solutions provide enhanced visibility into application delivery environments so that IT resources can be tailored to meet an organization’s business objectives while supporting users with optimized services.

“Customers looking to deploy Microsoft’s on-premise cloud and virtualization solutions will find F5 solutions to be a powerful complement for the enhanced application delivery, infrastructure visibility, and automation capabilities they provide,” said Dai Vu, Director of Virtualization Solutions Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “F5 shares our vision for the dynamic data center, and joint customers looking to deploy solutions in a number of distinct physical, virtual, and hybrid computing models will see added value.”

To support Microsoft’s vision for dynamic infrastructure with flexible deployment options and simplified management, F5 delivers:

 

  • Increased Support for Virtualization and Cloud Architecture Models

F5 offers a solution portfolio with both physical and virtual deployment options, providing comprehensive integration with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, and more. With F5’s BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition, customers can conveniently scale their data center environments without incurring the added cost and time associated with deploying traditional hardware. This flexibility gives customers options for supporting Microsoft applications within a variety of data center architecture models, including those leveraging cloud computing.

  • Enhanced Efforts with Microsoft to Benefit Joint Customers

F5 has joined the Microsoft Dynamic Datacenter Alliance to further its commitment to providing joint customers with the IT agility they need to support their organizations and maximize the value of their technology investments. Recently, Microsoft announced that it would open its Dynamic Datacenter Alliance to technology partners, including the company’s compute, network, and storage partners. F5 is the first ADN partner in this alliance and one of the “founding” network partners. Through this alliance and other partnership efforts, F5 plans to further work with Microsoft on solutions that promote the companies’ shared vision of dynamic IT infrastructure.

  • Improved Infrastructure Manageability and Visibility for Microsoft Solutions

Integration with Microsoft’s new Dynamic Datacenter Toolkit reduces the time required to deploy new virtual machines, and simplifies integral functionality such as virtual application provisioning, reconfiguration of network traffic, and holistic health monitoring. Tight integration between F5 BIG-IP solutions and Microsoft products enables the F5 Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and other F5 technologies to provide a unified view across Microsoft application environments.

For example, SharePoint—which operates as a composite of multiple application services, including core Windows Services, IIS, and Microsoft SQL—can now benefit from network visibility down to the component level. This provides IT departments with deep visibility into all the complementary technologies that SharePoint requires. Additionally, flexible F5 solutions—like the iControl® API and iRules® programming language—enable administrators to customize alert thresholds, reporting parameters, and resource provisioning. F5 is the only vendor providing comprehensive functionality, visibility, and management capabilities to this level of granularity.

“Our partnership with Microsoft continues delivering value for joint customers,” said Calvin Rowland, VP of Application Partner Programs at F5. “Through collaborative interoperability and integration efforts, we’re enhancing organizations’ abilities to control and manage dynamic IT services. Real-time visibility into the status of computing, network, storage, and software application services allows organizations to make more effective, timely, and intelligent decisions regarding resource utilization and provisioning. The joint solutions stemming from this partnership enable customers to more readily harness the power of On-Demand IT.”

 

 

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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.

F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, iControl, iRules, and F5 Management Pack are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

This press release may contain forward looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terms. These statements are only predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based upon a number of factors including those identified in the company's filings with the SEC.

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