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F5 Announces Winners of 2012 Agility Customer and Partner Awards

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the winners of the 2012 F5 Agility Awards, celebrating creativity, business value, and innovation with F5® solutions. This year’s winners include MLB Network, Rackspace Hosting®, and Future Com, Ltd. The awards were announced during F5’s Agility Summit 2012, taking place July 23–25 in New York.

“We congratulate this year’s winners of the F5 Agility Awards,” said Dave Feringa, EVP of Worldwide Sales at F5. “MLB Network, Rackspace Hosting, and Future Com, Ltd. are clear examples of how enterprises can evolve and enhance their businesses with F5 solutions. We celebrate their innovation during the Agility Summit 2012, where we’ll focus on how application delivery technologies provide the enabling architecture for customers and partners to rethink their approach to delivering applications and services.”

The Agility Summit is F5’s invitation-only customer and partner conference. Held annually, Agility Summit is a venue for customers and partners to discuss ways to be flexible, adaptable, and innovative in order to meet today’s most pressing IT challenges. Nearly 1,000 customers and partners are in attendance at this year’s event.

Agility Summit 2012 platinum sponsors include HP, WhiteHat Security, and Carahsoft. Gold sponsors of the event include Avnet, Cenzic, Ingram Micro, Oracle, Payoda, SecureAuth, Splunk, and Westcon.

2012 F5 Agility Awards: Customers

MLB Network and Rackspace Hosting have been named winners of the 2012 F5 Agility Awards for customers.

  • MLB Network

MLB Network is Major League Baseball’s national cable television network, telecasting live games and original studio programming to approximately 70 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. MLB Network relies on F5 technology to support marquee events, including All-Star Games and the World Series, providing load balancing services and securing connections to MLB Network’s internal environment. With F5 BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM®), MLB Network has been able to achieve flawless implementation and deliver reliable service for over three years.

“F5 is a go-to technology partner for MLB Network,” said Cindy Cortell, Director of IT for MLB Network. “During the initial launch of the network, we relied on F5 products to ensure that our on-air and mission-critical applications were live and working as intended. F5 solutions have been easy to configure, deploy, and implement, and we’ve enjoyed 100 percent uptime with no issues. We’re pleased to accept this award as it recognizes MLB Network’s record-setting launch and our ability to ensure the best possible experience for viewers.”

  • Rackspace Hosting

Rackspace Hosting is a service leader in cloud computing. Given that many of Rackspace’s customers have both dedicated managed hosting and cloud hosting environments, Rackspace aimed to create a solution that bridged both environments. With the help of F5’s Application Delivery Networking platform, Rackspace developed a hybrid service called RackConnect. With RackConnect, customers receive the performance and security of dedicated hosted servers, while allowing customers the flexibility to “jump” to the cloud to scale an application when needed. Using BIG-IP LTM and F5’s iControl® functionality, Rackspace was able to reduce the development time of RackConnect to only three months.

“RackConnect is more than a new service offering for Rackspace—it has become a differentiator for us in the market,” said Toby Owen, Solution Line Leader for Hybrid Clouds at Rackspace. “Thanks to the flexibility of the F5 platform, we’ve created a unique user experience which has allowed our customers to build new and innovative applications for their customers. We look forward to building on the success of RackConnect with ongoing innovation on the F5 platform.”

2012 F5 Agility Awards: Partner

Future Com, Ltd. has been named winner of the 2012 F5 Agility Award for partners.

  • Future Com, Ltd.

Future Com, Ltd., an integrator of top industry partners, provides network infrastructure, performance, and security solutions to enterprise customers. Future Com, Ltd. created an SAP portal solution to replace all standalone systems within food service giant Sysco’s IT infrastructure. Using a number of F5 products, including BIG-IP devices running BIG-IP Edge Gateway and BIG-IP WebAccelerator, Future Com, Ltd. standardized all ordering, billing, and inventory control systems across Sysco’s 180 locations.

“Our work at Sysco had enterprise-wide impact on their mission-critical applications, impacting nearly every corner of their business,” said Greg Christian, Vice President of Sales at Future Com, Ltd. “Their needs were met with an array of F5 solutions, and we’re honored to receive F5’s Agility Award. We look forward to replicating the success we’ve experienced at Sysco with other enterprise customers, as F5 products have the flexibility, performance, and security required to address challenges and opportunities today and in the future.”

Westcon Group and F5: Global Distribution Partnership

In addition to today’s announcement of the 2012 Agility Awards, F5 also announced a global distribution partnership with Westcon Group.

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About F5 Networks

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control” across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technology. For a complete listing of F5 community sites, please visit www.f5.com/news-press-events/web-media/community.html.

F5, BIG-IP, Edge Gateway, iControl, Local Traffic Manager, LTM, and WebAccelerator 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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