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F5 Receives Cloud Automation Award at VMworld 2014

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) today announced an award received at last week’s VMworld 2014 conference. During the event, VMware formally recognized the Best Cloud Management Marketplace Solutions, with F5 capturing the award in the Cloud Automation category.

VMware partners and vendors from around the world that have contributed solutions to the Cloud Management Marketplace were considered for these awards. Winners were selected based on the number of solution downloads, indicating breadth of use throughout the industry.

“VMware’s Cloud Management Marketplace is designed to make it even easier for organizations to find and learn about third-party products and technologies, supported by solutions from our extensive vendor and partner community,” said Wayne Greene, Senior Director, Product Management, VMware. “We have seen our partner ecosystem more than double in the last year with more than 200 solutions available from 60-plus partners. Customers enjoy the ability to extend the management and orchestration capabilities of their deployments, with access to integrated vendor and partner solutions in a one-stop shop. We’re pleased to recognize the F5 Networks Management Plug-in for vCenter Orchestrator with the marketplace’s Cloud Automation award for 2014.”

The F5 plug-in provides workflows and actions that support the seamless delivery of F5 BIG-IP® application services in VMware-based environments. The plug-in enables the automation of integrated BIG-IP tasks such as auto-scaling, application provisioning, and automatic system maintenance and patching. This plug-in is available to mutual customers free of charge.

“Our priority is to make flexible, programmable Software Defined Application Services available to organizations regardless of the physical and virtual components they choose for their infrastructures,” said Calvin Rowland, VP, Business Development, F5. “With VMware’s Cloud Management Marketplace, mutual customers have a defined way to bring together VMware and F5 technologies, with the aim of orchestrating services throughout cloud and data center environments. This award speaks to the importance of multi-vendor solutions in today’s IT landscape, and the response we’ve seen from customers indicates a growing appetite for solutions combining F5 and VMware capabilities.”

Launched in 2013, the VMware Cloud Management Marketplace offers trusted solutions and partner integrations that extend the capabilities of VMware Cloud Management products with third-party technologies to enable end-to-end operations intelligence and comprehensive visibility into organizations’ IT infrastructures.

For additional information on F5’s technology alliance and partnership efforts with VMware, please visit https://f5.com/partners/product-technology-alliances/vmware.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, and software defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and data center orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to f5.com.

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F5, BIG-IP, and Software Defined Application Services are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. VMware, vCenter and VMworld are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.

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