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F5 Is Worldwide Market Share Leader In Application Delivery Controllers

April 26th, 2006

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it achieved the number one position in the Market Share: Application Acceleration Equipment, Worldwide, 4Q05 and 2005 report1 published by Gartner, Inc., leading the application delivery controller (ADC) sector with 31.9 percent market share in 4Q 2005. F5 also finished in the top ADC slot for 2005 overall, with 30.5 percent market share.

F5 also leads the “rapidly expanding” advanced platform ADC subsegment, achieving 59.4 percent market share for 4Q05 and 58.0 percent share for 2005.

According to the Gartner report, “The trend to centralize servers and deploy Web-enabled intranet applications continued in 2005, driving application acceleration vendor revenue to over $1.2 billion by enterprises worldwide,” said Joe Skorupa, Research VP, Enterprise Network Infrastructure, Gartner. “In addition, the trend toward powerful platforms that deliver four or more functions (for example, load balancing, TCP, connection management, SSL offload, compression and caching) continued as customers continued to simplify their infrastructure and vendors moved to grow revenue and increase account control.”

F5’s ADC offering combines BIG-IP high-performance hardware platforms with BIG-IP v9 software for a comprehensive traffic management solution that delivers industry-leading security, optimization and availability. It incorporates advanced application traffic management and security features in a modular, full-proxy architecture. The foundation of BIG-IP v9 software is TMOS, an intelligent, modular and scalable operating system that is uniquely designed to enhance the product functionality that sits on top of it.

“We believe these numbers reflect the strength of our products and unique TMOS architecture,” said Dan Matte, SVP of Marketing at F5 Networks. “For example, our customers have demonstrated their need for F5’s powerful iRules capabilities within TMOS, which has clearly set the bar for all other networking vendors who claim application fluency. We believe our leading market share indicates that F5’s application delivery networking solutions are living up to F5’s commitment of ensuring that our customers’ applications are always secure, fast and available.”

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