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F5® Launches GUARDIAN® Professional Services Partner Program

  F5® Launches GUARDIAN® Professional Services Partner Program

   New global program helps F5 channel partners with professional services
                 capabilities increase revenue opportunities

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- February 4, 2013

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery
Networking (ADN), today announced the launch of the GUARDIAN Professional
Services Partner Program. The program expands F5’s UNITY^TM Partner Program to
provide additional benefits for partners with consulting and professional
services capabilities in conjunction with authorization tier requirements.

The GUARDIAN Professional Services Partner Program is a capability-based
program designed to recognize partner investments in the skills required for
successful deployment of F5^® technologies. The program helps partners drive
deeper sales engagements, higher margins, and more strategic customer
relationships. Benefits of the GUARDIAN Professional Services Program are
centered on education, sales enablement, and promotion to the market.

“The GUARDIAN Professional Services Program demonstrates our continued
commitment to channel partners who excel in implementing and optimizing F5
solutions to deliver high value to customers,” says Dean Darwin, SVP,
Worldwide Partner Organization at F5. “With the program, channel organizations
with deep expertise in F5 solutions are recognized and rewarded for their
skills and are in position to offer customers new consulting services,
creating additional revenue opportunities and deepening customer engagement.”

The program consists of four authorization tiers: Installation Provider,
Advanced Implementation Provider, Application Security Provider, and
Optimization Provider. For each tier, the F5 partner must meet UNITY Program
tier requirements and have a required number of personnel certified at the
appropriate level within the F5 Professional Certification Program.

GUARDIAN^® partners have access to best practices, support in creating
packaged offerings, on-request assistance from F5^® Professional Services,
early availability of F5 product technical training, and discounts on training
and certification exams.

To ensure that the GUARDIAN Program provides value to our partners, F5
conducted a year-long design and pilot phase to garner feedback and key
insights from top F5 partners around the world. To make certain it will
continue to provide significant value to F5 partners and customers, the
program includes key performance indicators and governance specifications
focused on driving excellent customer and partner satisfaction, as well as
increased awareness for member organizations.

To participate in the GUARDIAN program, interested partners should contact
their F5 Channel Account Manager or submit an inquiry to
guardianpsprogram@f5.com. To learn more about the F5 UNITY partner program,
visit http://www.f5.com/partners/.

Supporting Quotes

“F5’s GUARDIAN program has strengthened our relationship with F5, a key
strategic partner of ours, and allows us to differentiate our F5 services in
the market,” said Gary Middleton, Business Development Director at Dimension
Data. “Our clients can be sure that they’re getting the most advanced F5
skills available and, when combined with our portfolio of assessments,
consulting and managed services, that we bring a compelling value proposition
to market.”

“GUARDIAN is helping us invest in our engineering talent and further our
partnership with F5 so that we can continue to deliver and implement solutions
across the entire F5 portfolio,” said David Titov, Practice Director at
Trace3. “This program will help customers connect with partners that have the
deep expertise and experience to deliver and fully leverage all of the
capabilities provided by F5 technology.”

Additional Resources

  *GUARDIAN Professional Services Program Partners
  *F5 Professional Certification Program
  *The Global F5 Partner Network
  *UNITY Partner Program Qualifications

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps
organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with
the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and
applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s
largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer
brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework to deliver andprotect
their applications andservices while ensuring people stay connected. Learn
more at www.f5.com.

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F5, GUARDIAN and UNITY 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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Contact:

F5 Networks, Inc.
Alane Moran, 206-272-6850
a.moran@f5.com
or
Connect Public Relations
Holly Hagerman, 801-373-7888
hollyh@connectpr.com
 
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