F5 Networks Wins Global Technology Innovator Award at VMware Partner Exchange 2011

Partners from around the world take home top honors for delivering VMware virtualization and cloud solutions to companies of all sizes

Seatle, (PresseBox) - F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has been recognized by VMware as a winner of a Global VMware Partner Network Award in the Technology Innovator Partner of the Year category. The award was presented at VMware Partner Exchange 2011, VMware's annual partner event, this week in Orlando.

"VMware's partners continue to be the foundation of our business, and we are pleased to recognize the great work they have accomplished throughout 2010," said Doug Smith, VP, Global Partner Strategy and Operations, VMware. "VMware Partner Exchange brings partners together for training, education, and networking with peers to help deliver enterprise hybrid cloud solutions to customers-making this the premier event to help them strengthen their virtualization and cloud practices and distinguish themselves in the marketplace. We congratulate F5, and we look forward to continuing our work together."

"Since joining VMware's Technology Alliance Partner program in 2008, F5 has driven a number of integration and interoperability efforts aimed at enhancing the value of customers' virtualization and cloud deployments," said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. "We're extremely proud of the industry-leading work accomplished with VMware in 2010, and we look forward to continued collaboration to deliver new innovations around server and desktop virtualization, cloud solutions, and more."

"According to ESG's 2011 IT Spending Intentions survey, businesses continue to lay down on the accelerator pedal with their server virtualization investments," said Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group. "The VMware and F5 partnership's strength is in its ability to deliver solutions across a broad portfolio as the companies help customers solve challenges, migrate new workloads, and deploy with confidence."

VMware acknowledged key performances and outstanding achievements by the company's ecosystem partners during 2010. Winners from around the world were recognized in 15 categories:

-Solution Provider of the Year
-Education Partner of the Year
-Distributor of the Year
-Systems Integrator of the Year
-SMB Partner of the Year
-Desktop Competency Partner of the Year
-VMware Service Provider Program Partner of the Year
-Academic Partner of the Year
-Technology Innovator Partner of the Year
-Vertical Application Partner of the Year
-Infrastructure Virtualization Competency Partner of the Year
-Partner Executive MVP
-Business Continuity Competency Partner of the Year
-Government Partner of the Year
-Application Platform Partner of the Year

To learn more about F5's partnership efforts with VMware, please visit www.f5.com/...

About VMware Partner Exchange 2011
VMware Partner Exchange 2011 is the premier global event for virtualization and cloud partners, offering more than 150 sessions and an extensive exhibitor pavilion to demonstrate how partners can transform their virtualization businesses to deliver enterprise hybrid cloud solutions to customers. Partner attendees received a preview into the next generation of programs and products coming from VMware and offered partners an exclusive opportunity to hear from VMware executives including Paul Maritz, chief executive officer; Carl Eschenbach, co-president, customer operations; Raghu Raghuram, senior vice president and general manager, virtualization and cloud platforms; Tod Nielsen, co-president, application platform; Chris Young, vice president and general manager, end user computing; and Rick Jackson, chief marketing officer.

F5 Networks GmbH

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.

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