F5 Networks’ Channel Organization Recognized for Excellence

  F5 Networks’ Channel Organization Recognized for Excellence

 Dean Darwin named CRN Channel Chief; F5 honored with Emerging Partner Award
               from solutions and services provider Softchoice

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- February 26, 2013

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery
Networking, today announced that it has been recognized for outstanding
channel leadership and programs. Dean Darwin, SVP of F5’s Worldwide Partner
Organization, has been honored as a CRN Channel Chief for the fifth time by
UBM Tech Channel. In addition, F5 has been recognized by Softchoice, a North
America-focused provider of technology solutions and services, with an
Emerging Partner Award for the strength of its offerings in the enterprise
server, storage, and networking markets, as well as the company’s compelling
partner programs.

“These accolades represent the dedication and tenacity of F5’s channel teams
and partners worldwide,” said Darwin. “F5’s continued recognition signals that
our technology is aligned with organizations’ goals of optimizing application
services to support evolving business needs. These honors are shared with the
extended teams, and we remain focused on guiding the success of our innovative
channel programs such as UNITY and GUARDIAN.”

2013 CRN Channel Chiefs Recognition

Each year, UBM Tech Channel prepares a listing of the most influential and
powerful leaders in the IT channel to recognize the executives directly
responsible for driving channel sales and growth within their organization,
and evangelizing the importance of the channel throughout the entire IT
industry. Selections are made based on channel experience, program
innovations, channel-driven revenue, and public support for the importance of
IT channel sales. Selected by CRN’s editorial staff, the 2013 Channel Chiefs
list appears in the February 25 issue of CRN magazine and is featured online
at www.crn.com.

“The 2013 Channel Chiefs list recognizes vendor executives dedicated to
driving channel programs in the IT marketplace,” said Kelley Damore, SVP,
Editorial Director at CRN. “Our annual Channel Chiefs issue is a must-read for
IT solution providers evaluating new vendors or looking to expand solution
offerings. These are the people, the products, and the programs that savvy
solution providers need to know. We congratulate this year’s Channel Chiefs
for their stellar record of business innovation and applaud them for their
continued dedication to the partner community.”

Darwin, who joined F5 in 2005, leads F5’s strategy for the company’s worldwide
network of sales and channel partners. During his tenure at F5, Darwin has
been the architect of many successful channel programs, including UNITY^™,

Softchoice Emerging Partner Award for Data Center Technologies

F5 channel partner Softchoice is an IT solutions and services provider based
in North America. Within the Softchoice partnership ecosystem, F5 has
distinguished itself with strong year-over-year growth based on collaborative
engagement strategies. In particular, F5’s expertise with Microsoft solutions
such as Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync has proved a valuable complement to
Softchoice’s offerings. To commend recent successes and the overall direction
of the partnership, Softchoice has presented F5 with an Emerging Partner

“In F5, we recognize a company with industry-leading Application Delivery
Networking capabilities that mesh well with our team’s IT expertise,
particularly around Microsoft solutions,” said Josh Greene, VP of Business
Development at Softchoice. “Our goal is to help people realize the potential
of technology by providing integrated solutions that simplify infrastructure
complexity and provide valuable IT services. F5 has been a terrific partner in
this regard, and we look forward to continued efforts with their team.”

Additional Resources

  *The Global F5 Partner Network
  *UNITY Partner Program Qualifications
  *2013 CRN Channel Chief – Dean Darwin

About UBM Tech Channel

UBM Tech Channel, a UBM company, is the premier provider of IT channel-focused
events, media, research, consulting, and sales and marketing services. With
over 30 years of experience and engagement, UBM Tech Channel has the unmatched
channel expertise to execute integrated solutions for technology executives
managing partner recruitment, enablement and go-to-market strategy in order to
accelerate technology sales. To learn more about UBM Tech Channel, visit us
at: www.ubmchannel.com.

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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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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