Extreme Networks and F5 Networks Raise Integrated

Industry Leaders Combine Best-of-Breed Technology to Provide Customers with Integrated High-Availability and Gigabit Server Load Balancing Switching Solution Extreme Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXTR), a leading provider of broadband switching solutions for service providers and corporate enterprises, and F5 Networks, Inc., (Nasdaq: FFIV), a leading provider of Internet Traffic Management (ITM) products, are joining forces to provide customers with a new higher level of performance for integrated server load balancing. The two companies have signed a strategic agreement enabling Extreme Networks to integrate F5 Network's BIG/ip Controller Layer 4 load balancing source code into Extreme Networks' award winning switching solutions. The agreement also provides Extreme Networks and its partners access to all of F5 Network's products for resale. This will allow Extreme Networks to provide customers with best-of-breed Layer 3, Layer 4 and Layer 7 server load balancing solutions. Until now, most server load balancing solutions have been limited to 100mbps server connections. Extreme Networks will be one of the first vendors to offer wire-speed Layer 4 switching over Gigabit Ethernet, including Gigabit Ethernet over copper, for very high performance server connectivity. Combined with Extreme Networks' switching solutions, this Gigabit server load balancing performance can now be delivered to vast numbers of servers, raising the bar for network performance and size. The Extreme Networks and F5 Networks relationship provides customers with a superior approach for achieving true seamless integration of server load balancing across high performance switches and high performance appliances. This enables customers to combine best-of-breed Layer 4 switching solutions and Layer 7 appliances to obtain a higher degree of redundancy and compatible management across the network. "We've already embarked on a successful relationship with Extreme Networks and F5 Networks, so this agreement comes as great news for PSINet," said Michael Mael, Vice President of Applications and Web Services for PSINet. "F5 Networks' load balancing technology together with Extreme Networks' broadband switching solutions address a need that's vital to our business and our goal of providing customers with the highest standards for quality, performance, and security." "Our relationship with Extreme Networks creates an enormous advantage for our customers," said Jeff Hussey, chairman, president and Chief Executive Officer of F5 Networks. "This relationship also broadens F5's distribution channels as well as the 'footprint' for its technology." "Our strategic focus is to provide high performance network solutions to service providers that are driving the Internet economy," said Gordon Stitt, Extreme Networks Chief Executive Officer and president. "The integration of F5's leading load balancing technology combined with our market leading switching solutions provides this new breed of carrier with a robust, high performance infrastructure that enables them to deliver new enhanced services." About Extreme Networks Extreme Networks designs, develops manufactures and sells high-performance LAN solutions that adapt swiftly to change and enable future applications for the new enterprise and service providers. The company's family of Summit(TM) stackables and BlackDiamond(TM) modular switching systems combine Ethernet and IP with wire speed Layer 3 switching to increase the flow of information and allow for future network growth. Extreme Networks' corporate headquarters are at 3585 Monroe Street, Santa Clara, Calif., 95051, 408-579-2800 or 888-257-3000; http://www.extremenetworks.com . About F5 Networks F5 is a leading provider of integrated Internet Traffic Management solutions designed to improve the availability and performance of mission- critical Internet-based servers and applications. These products monitor and manage local and geographically dispersed servers and devices, intelligently directing traffic to the server best able to handle a user's request. F5's solutions help prevent system failure, provide timely responses to user requests and data flow, and cost- effectively manage an organization's Internet infrastructure. The company is headquartered in Seattle, and has offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Boston, New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., London, Munich, Germany, Singapore and Australia. F5 is located on the web at http://www.f5.com . F5 Networks Internet Traffic Management products support a wide range of operating systems and hardware platforms including those from: Sun Microsystems, Hewlett Packard, Compaq, Microsoft, Apple, IBM and Intel. F5 products work with leading IP-based applications, including legacy host, mainframe, Java, CORBA- based, and client/server applications from vendors such as SAP, BAAN, Novell, Oracle, and PeopleSoft. This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," " plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts", "potential" or "continue" or the negative of such terms or comparable terms. These statement are only predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based upon a number of factors including those identified in the Company's filings with the SEC. All trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. ots Original Text Service: Extreme Networks, Inc. Internet: http://www.newsaktuell.de Contact: Alane Moran of F5 Networks, Inc., 206-505-0850, or a.moran@f5.com; or Valerie Bellofatto of Extreme Networks, Inc., 408-863-2963, or vbellofatto@extremenetworks.com Web site: http://www.extremenetworks.com http://www.f5.com

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