The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2010-10-05T02:58:00Z F5 Appoints Christian Hentschel as VP Sales for APJ 2010-10-05T02:58:00Z f5-appoints-christian-hentschel-as-vp-sales-for-apj F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced the appointment of Christian Hentschel as Vice President of Sales in Asia Pacific and Japan. Hentschel is based in Singapore and will be responsible for growing the F5 business across 14 countries in the region. “By integrating sales leadership in the APAC and Japan theatres, we will enhance our focus on this strategically significant area of the world,” said Mark Anderson, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales at F5. “I’m delighted that Christian will lend his considerable talent, experience, and energy to help develop our business in these regions.We believe that his extensive experience implementing sales strategies across Asia makes Christian an excellent addition to our management team and a great asset to the company.” I’m excited to join a company that has an impressive history of delivering innovative, market-leading solutions that have become a strategic necessity for today’s global data centres,”saidHentschel. “F5 is well positioned to address the challenges that enterprises and service providers face due to the explosive growth of Internet traffic and data, increasing numbers of mobile users with a range of new devices, and demand for rich media content. I look forward to working with the regional F5 teams to continue the company’s strong momentum and build market share by deepening F5’s account penetration across Asia and Japan.” Hentschel brings to F5 over 16 years of experience in the technology market.Prior to F5, Hentschel held various positions in the Asia Pacific region and Germany during a successful 13-year career at Cisco, gaining expertise in sales and channel leadership, business development, and product marketing. Hentschel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Business Studies from Germany’s Worms University of Applied Sciences. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organisations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organisations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. F5 and F5 Networks 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. 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 statements 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. F5 Broadens Platform Offerings with New Virtual and Hardware-Based Application Delivery Controllers 2010-04-27T23:49:00Z f5-announces F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced new Application Delivery Controller platforms, extending its award-winning BIG-IP product family. F5 is offering a new high-end appliance series with the BIG-IP 11050 platform and a new 8950 hardware appliance featuring higher throughput and enhanced layer 4 performance. In addition, F5 is delivering production and lab versions of its virtual appliance, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM) Virtual Edition (VE). Together, F5’s physical and virtual ADC solutions provide enterprises and service providers with greater flexibility, offering a hybrid approach to architecting an adaptable and highly scalable application delivery network. “There are architectural challenges associated with virtualising various Application Delivery Controllers, but the opportunities and benefits for customers are significant,” said Joe Skorupa, Research VP of Data Center Networking & Communications at Gartner. “With physical, virtual, and hybrid deployment options for ADCs, customers gain the flexibility to cost-effectively support scalable application delivery while continuing to leverage their existing infrastructure and investments.” Details The addition of these new hardware platforms and BIG-IP LTM VE improves F5’s ability to provide the foundations of a flexible ADN architecture and support the company’s vision for enterprise cloud architecture. With these agile infrastructure components, organisations can implement a framework to deliver services dynamically as application and network conditions change. The F5 TMOS architecture means that all BIG-IP appliances—physical and virtual—can leverage the flexible capabilities of the iRules programming language and iControl API, as well as the resources from the company’s DevCentral™ community. With these powerful, unified technologies, customers can achieve comprehensive visibility and control over their application delivery environments. BIG-IP 8950 & 11050 Hardware Helps Customers Meet Growing Throughput Demands The new platforms support high throughput levels to meet the application delivery needs of service providers and organisations that put a premium on transactions per second, such as financial institutions. The BIG-IP 8950 platform features a throughput level of 20 Gbps, while the 11050 boasts 42 Gbps. The solutions support 10 Gb Ethernet connectivity to help bandwidth-conscious customers deliver enhanced application services. The platforms provide ideal solutions for customers that have configured their data centers around 10GE or are currently planning to upgrade their infrastructure. With the 8950 and 11050 platforms, customers have the ability to incorporate additional application services (acceleration, high availability, application security, etc.), as their business needs evolve. Because these capabilities can be added to the existing ADN hardware platform, F5 solutions offer both enhanced functionality and optimum performance. BIG-IP LTM VE Improves ADC Scalability and Simplifies Solution Deployment Virtual ADCs can be rapidly deployed and scaled to support applications as resources are needed. In addition, cloud providers can leverage virtual ADCs to apply specific application policies on a per customer basis to support individual organisations’ business priorities. BIG-IP LTM VE provides improved evaluation, development, integration, QA, and staging for application delivery policies and deployments. By enabling customers to deploy a virtual BIG-IP device in a testing lab, customers can conveniently test how applications and networks will respond in a production environment. This capability also enables customers to evaluate the addition of other ADC services such as SSL offloading, caching, and compression, and seamlessly transfer from testing scenarios into production. BIG-IP LTM VE will be availablein a full production version and a non-production lab version, as well as the previously announced trial. The full production version features variable throughput options up to 1Gbps. The lab version enables in-depth testing, and is best suited for efforts around application development, test, QA, and other non-production scenarios. Unlike other virtualised application delivery offerings, BIG-IP LTM VE is part of a comprehensive application delivery architecture platform. This means that it has been designed to operate in tight integration with F5’s broad product portfolio, as well as support solutions from other leading virtualisation companies such as VMware. Additional Quotes “For many customers, the ideal application delivery environment will leverage both physical and virtual Application Delivery Controllers,” said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management. “With a hybrid approach, customers can leverage the flexibility and adaptability of virtual appliances, while continuing to support high-throughput application workloads and complex infrastructure requirements with physical ADCs. F5 is committed to offering the flexibility enterprises, service providers, and other organisations need to support their unique business requirements. With the release of the BIG-IP LTM VE, as well as the 8950 and the 11050 appliances, F5 offers even more options to help customers achieve a dynamic infrastructure without compromising reliability, scalability, and performance.” Availability The BIG-IP 8950 and 11050 hardware platforms will be available in April. Production and Lab versions of the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Virtual Edition will also be available in April. Supporting Resources Slideshare presentation BIG-IP LTM VE Product Overview BIG-IP Hardware Overview – Datasheet Creating a Hybrid ADN Architecture with both Virtual and Physical ADCs – White Paper | Audio Version BIG-IP LTM Virtual Edition Content on F5’s DevCentral About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organisations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organisations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, LTM, iRules, iControl, and DevCentral 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. 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 statements 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. F5 Unlocks True Potential of ‘On-Demand IT’ 2010-04-27T23:43:00Z f5-unlocks-true-potential-of-on-demand-it F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today introduced its BIG-IP Version 10.2 software to help extend enterprise data centre architecture to the cloud, and enable enterprises and service providers to realise the potential of ‘On-Demand IT’ through a dynamic services model. To help customers unlock the power of ‘On-Demand IT,’ F5 is detailing a comprehensive approach that integrates disparate technologies for application delivery, security, optimisation, data management, and infrastructure control—all critical technologies needed to realise the true flexibility and agility of virtualisation and cloud computing solutions. Today’s announcement builds on F5’s strategy to unify application delivery and data services within its rich solution portfolio. Harmonising Enterprise Virtualisation and Cloud Computing Projects to Maximise Value The true benefits of virtualisation and cloud computing projects are achieved when organisations move beyond addressing single initiatives—such as data centre consolidation, green IT, IT/business alignment—and move toward a holistic architecture that integrates these initiatives and creates new, more efficient ways of implementing technologies in concert with one another. “The cloud is evolving as the next generation of IT,” said Erik Giesa, VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5. “Whether a business is planning to deploy a private cloud or take advantage of external public cloud services, it needs to put its enterprise requirements first and leverage an integrated architecture for on-demand mobility, orchestration, and automation. F5 is committed to helping customers utilise their existing infrastructures, while extending and reusing them to enable a common cloud architectural model—regardless of where IT resources actually reside.” Extending Unified Application Delivery, Access Control, and Optimisation into the Cloud F5’s holistic approach, which integrates multi-vendor solutions into a unified whole, is the cornerstone of its dynamic services model. For example, F5’s delivery of a virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) platform in combination with physical ADCs gives customers the unique ability to seamlessly extend their current operational model into multiple data centres, hosting providers, and cloud environments on demand, while utilising the same trusted configuration, features, and control that they have developed over years of application delivery deployment. With F5’s unified application delivery architecture, enterprise customers can easily implement centrally managed security enforcement policies that provide user access according to specific IT requirements and business needs. And F5’s new BIG-IP Edge Gateway™ solution enables enterprise customers to simplify the management of application services—such as access, security, and optimisation—within a dynamic services model that leverages both traditional data centre and cloud computing environments. “Many IT organisations won’t even consider moving applications into the cloud if it means giving up visibility and control. This creates a significant challenge for companies that want to leverage the value of a public cloud, but manage it as if it were their own,” said Pat O’Day, Chief Information Officer at BlueLock. “With the F5 solution, they can take all the context and control that they currently have in their existing infrastructures and apply it to applications that they move into the cloud, which allows them to take advantage of the cloud in a very non-threatening way. The F5 solution essentially neutralises the layer 2/3 network configuration differences between the customer data centre and the cloud data centre, so the cloud just becomes an additional resource—an extension—of their private data centre.” Enhancing the Value of Application Delivery with Integrated Partner Solutions F5’s vision of a dynamic services model is further buoyed by its ongoing collaboration with technology partners like Microsoft, VMware, and Gomez. These partnerships help integrate virtualisation management and end-user performance monitoring and management solutions within an overall dynamic control plane. This collaborative approach provides customers with the tools they need to improve the end-user experience for joint customers, and gives enterprises leveraging virtualisation and cloud models the means to reliably measure real-time performance levels for tracking SLAs. “Application Delivery Networking plays a vital role in unlocking the power of cloud computing,” said Parag Patel, VP, Alliances, VMware. “VMware vSphere™ complements BIG-IP to help enable customers to implement private cloud computing today. Whether it’s provisioning application and networking resources automatically on-demand, or automatically migrating virtual machines over distance, VMware and F5 deliver solutions that enable the kind of flexibility necessary for cloud projects to succeed.” “The notion of a dynamic services model that acts as the ultimate, final layer of virtualisation between users, the applications, and data provides immense flexibility and control to the enterprise,” said Tom Meusel, Vice President of Worldwide Channels at Gomez, the Web Performance Division of Compuware. “For Gomez, it provides a way to integrate with the infrastructure and not just the application, allowing our services to be applied across any web application, anywhere in the world, even as these web applications are created and moved on demand.” Additional Quotes “Alaska Airlines continues to set a high bar in our industry for leveraging technology to increase efficiencies and better serve our customers—internal and external constituents,” said Wayne Seward, Sr. Systems Architect at Alaska Airlines. “Cloud computing promises solid benefits, but before embracing this environment it’s critical to have a unified architecture to integrate disparate technologies that will allow us to extend traditional enterprise data centre requirements to the cloud, with no compromises on control. F5’s vision of enabling a dynamic services model builds on its holistic view of application delivery and is designed to help enterprises safely leverage cloud services driven by business needs, and not just technology.” “The fact that we can create a virtual ADC may not be new, but the F5 solution is different because it consistently applies application templates, security, and availability configurations across all instances of applications and data,” said Nick McClure, Lead Systems Programmer at University of Kentucky. That’s true even when the virtual ADC moves beyond the datacentre and become an integrated component of an overall physical and virtual data centre architecture. This solution provides flexibility of choice in providers, reduces switching costs by not locking organisations into one provider’s technology, and still ensures ultimate control of applications and data.” “With FusionStorm’s broad set of technology solutions for enterprise data centres and our rapidly growing cloud and managed hosting services business, F5’s vision and product portfolio resonate well with FusionStorm’s practice,” said Vince Conroy, CTO at FusionStorm. “We need to help enterprises simplify and bridge the transition to enterprise cloud computing architectures on their terms. F5’s new 10.2 release enables unification of multiple vendor solutions for a dynamic services model and extends existing application delivery services to clouds, such as FusionStorm’s offering. Working with F5, we can help our customers seamlessly and safely extend their current, proven operational models to the cloud with minimal disruption—leveraging their configurations and maintaining the control they require for application delivery.” “Cloud environments promise to finally allow IT departments to take advantage of on-demand services and dramatically lower computing costs, said Zeus Kerravala, SVP of Enterprise Research at Yankee Group. “However, cloud computing comes in many different flavors, and organisations need to understand how to put various components of a cloud model together to optimise performance and address specific business priorities. An Application Delivery Controller is a key piece to the puzzle, as it helps customers leverage their existing infrastructure and integrate cloud services into the current architecture where it will yield the highest returns.” Availability BIG-IP Version 10.2 will be available in April. To learn more about F5’s BIG-IP solutions including the associated product and feature modules, please visit www.f5.com/products/big-ip/. Supporting Resources On Demand IT slideshare presentation F5 Cloud Computing Solutions Overview Controlling the Cloud: Requirements for Cloud Computing – White Paper | Audio Version Connecting to the Cloud with F5 BIG-IP Solutions and VMware VMotion – White Paper | Audio Version About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organisations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. F5, BIG-IP, and Edge Gateway 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. VMware and VMware vSphere are registered trademarks and/or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company. 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 statements 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. F5 Announces Flexible New Management Solutions Providing Customers with Essential Application Visibility 2010-02-03T07:00:00Z f5-2 F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced two new management solutions, Enterprise Manager™ 2.0 software and the Enterprise Manager 4000 hardware platform. These new offerings enhance F5’s management solution portfolio and provide customers with improved visibility, automation and network health monitoring capabilities to ensure optimum performance and streamlined administrative control. Details Enterprise Manager is a centralised management platform for F5 BIG-IP devices that gives customers a consolidated, real-time view of their entire F5 Application Delivery Network, as well as the tools they need to optimise performance amidst changing network and user conditions. By combining simplified configuration management and performance monitoring in a single solution, Enterprise Manager helps organisations boost efficiency and reduce the time spent on redundant tasks and managing multiple devices. F5’s new Enterprise Manager solutions enable customers to: Reduce OpEx with Simplified Application Delivery Networking By consolidating and simplifying the management of BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers, Enterprise Manager helps customers reduce operational expenses and infrastructure complexity. The ability to customise operations policies lets IT staff automate repetitive operational tasks such as certificate and configuration management and software updates, freeing up IT personnel to focus on other crucial tasks. The new 4000 hardware platform allows customers with as few as eight devices to take advantage of Enterprise Manager’s sophisticated reporting, device monitoring and performance management capabilities. Easily Configure Application Delivery Networks for Continuously Optimised Performance By providing real-time visibility into network and device performance, Enterprise Manager allows organisations to configure pre-set thresholds and alerts, enabling IT teams to adapt to changes in their application delivery environments. In addition, Enterprise Manager 2.0 gives organisations the ability to manage pools and pool members, giving administrators a central interface to quickly make changes (for instance, taking a server offline for scheduled maintenance) for both BIG-IP devices and the servers associated with them. Enhance Device Manageability for Geographically Dispersed IT Infrastructures The ability to manage devices, and their associated servers, in a centralised fashion saves customers time. Today’s organisations often employ trained staff in multiple locations to make manual policy changes or update devices one at a time. With Enterprise Manager, critical security updates can be performed simultaneously on separate devices. Customers can quickly and easily make changes to their network configuration and ensure that new policies are in place immediately, no matter where the device is located. Supporting Quotes “As enterprises look to scale, consolidate, and automate network functions, solutions like F5’s Enterprise Manager continue to demonstrate attractive ROI for customers,” said Zeus Kerravala, Senior Vice President of Enterprise Research at Yankee Group. “Unified device management capabilities, comprehensive visibility into application delivery environments and granular control over application resources should be primary considerations as organisations seek to minimise IT complexity or evaluate cloud and other resource-on-demand computing models.” “Global organisations continue to rely on F5 solutions to scale their application delivery capabilities and support their evolving IT infrastructures,” said Kurt Hansen, Managing Director of F5 in Australia and New Zealand. “The new Enterprise Manager software enhances organisations’ ability to cost-effectively manage and track application performance metrics across an F5 infrastructure. For our customers, this translates into holistic visibility into application delivery at a glance. In addition, by updating the Enterprise Manager hardware portfolio, F5 provides excellent value, consolidated device management, and a clear upgrade path for customers with even a small number of BIG-IP devices in their network.”Availability The Enterprise Manager 4000 hardware platform and Enterprise Manager 2.0 software are available now. For more information, please visit www.f5.com/products/enterprise-manager/. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. F5, BIG-IP, and Enterprise Manager 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. 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 statements 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. F5’s BIG-IP Edge Gateway Solution Provides Breakthrough Approach to Unifying and Optimising Access to the Data Center 2010-02-03T06:53:00Z f5-1 F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the new BIG-IP Edge Gateway™ product, providing enterprise organisations with a high performance, next-generation remote access solution that delivers LAN-speed application performance for remote and mobile workers. This solution effectively solves the challenges that enterprise IT personnel face due to the massive growth of mobile and remote users. With BIG-IP Edge Gateway, F5 provides the first Application Delivery Controller (ADC) on the market that unifies secure SSL VPN access, dynamic access and optimisation control, and application acceleration for remote users—regardless of the device or access network—on a single, scalable platform. Details With this release, F5 continues to deliver on its vision of unifying its ADC solution set and redefining how customers implement, share and cost-effectively extend their Application Delivery Network all the way to the client. With approximately five times the scaling capability and up to an eight times improvement in application performance, the BIG-IP Edge Gateway offers enterprises significant ROI at less than half the cost of alternative, disparate technologies. The new BIG-IP Edge Gateway enables customers to: Dramatically Reduce CapEx with Unified Services and Simplified Management The BIG-IP Edge Gateway solution simplifies device management by ensuring access across heterogeneous applications services, access networks, and data resources. With the free BIG-IP Edge Client™ solution—included with BIG-IP Edge Gateway—customers can combine acceleration, endpoint security, and automatic network roaming persistence for an improved end-user experience and increased workforce efficiency. In addition, web application acceleration yields significant performance gains for remote and mobile users. Provide Secure, Accelerated Remote Access that Easily Scales to Support User Demand BIG-IP Edge Gateway enables organisations to cost-effectively scale their access networks to unprecedented levels. The solution accelerates and optimises applications, yielding LAN-speed performance gains (up to eight times faster), and ensures that users are always seamlessly connected via F5’s new BIG-IP Edge Client™ with smart connection technology. Smart connection technology’s unique persistence and access intelligence makes sure that as a user roams networks—wireless (802.11), cell (3G and LTE), or wired—they stay connected, and the integrity of their application session is protected. The client also includes best-in-class endpoint security and unique application and network acceleration. Implement Context-Aware Networking through Access Policy Enforcement BIG-IP Edge Gateway offers granular access policy enforcement. With features such as Visual Policy Editor (VPE), plus integrated authentication and endpoint inspection, access management becomes simpler, centralised and more cost-effective. Now, IT staff can provide application access based on context by taking into account the user’s policy, identifying user location for redirection to local resources and supporting single sign-on for most directory services across all application types, devices and operating systems. This capability significantly reduces both cost and complexity. Prioritise Applications for Optimal Performance and User Productivity With BIG-IP Edge Gateway, IT staff can design application prioritisation into access policies to ensure that bandwidth is reserved for high priority applications. For example, VoIP traffic can be managed and prioritised so it is always clear, instead of choppy due to packet loss and latency. Furthermore, with F5’s unique client-side QoS functions, customers have the superior service levels they need to increase user productivity. Supporting Quotes “BIG-IP Edge Gateway and BIG-IP v10.1 software provide the most intelligent, cost-effective access management architecture in the market,” said Kurt Hansen, Managing Director of F5 Networks in Australia and New Zealand. “The explosive growth of mobile workers creates a huge challenge for enterprise IT teams who must make sure their access networks can scale and support a superior user experience. By unifying SSL VPN access, powerful security policy and access control, and application acceleration on a single ADC, organisations can expect to reduce costs by up to 5 times due to lower OpEx and CapEx. The solution’s smart connection technology affords users ‘always on’ hassle-free connectivity and improved performance regardless of the access network. Other solutions available today require multiple clients from different vendors, costing hundreds of dollars per client.” “We see a number of market drivers for a next-generation access and acceleration solution, which is why we selected F5’s BIG-IP Edge Gateway for our global managed service offering,” said Evan Loats, Remote Access Product Manager at CSC. “Our offering for remote working, CSC Connect, requires the ability to deliver fully virtualised, highly scalable services in a cloud-based delivery model. Remote workers need more than just access—they want a better user experience, application awareness and acceleration. The proliferation of mobile devices and increased incidence of disaster scenarios demand the ability to scale easily to very large numbers of concurrent users with no compromise in security. F5’s BIG-IP solution combines all the key capabilities to enable CSC to differentiate our services and help customers achieve their business goals more quickly and cost-effectively.” “Many companies are looking for secure access solutions to support the rapid rise in new remote users, stemming from increasingly distributed user populations,” said Jeff Wilson, Principal Analyst at Infonetics Research. “At the same time, these organisations are increasingly reliant on flexible access capabilities to make company materials available to contractors and partners, support disaster recovery scenarios and leverage broadband access from a wide variety of locations and device types—and they’re looking for solutions with revolutionary capital and operational cost models. F5’s BIG-IP Edge Gateway offers this kind of revolutionary cost model without sacrificing performance or ease of use.” FishNet Security continues to be a market leader in helping businesses, government, educational institutions, and other organisations define the true risks in their environment. “We’re particularly excited about the latest release of BIG-IP as it’s tightly aligned with our customers’ key IT security priorities,” said Gordon Shevlin, Executive Vice President of FishNet Security. “What’s compelling is F5’s unique ability to layer the necessary services, including edge-of-the-network services, into a unified platform. The new BIG-IP release will help customers scale, simplify management and ensure the user is always connected. F5 converges access and acceleration, which is game changing for the market and a solution our customers will embrace.” Availability The BIG-IP Edge Gateway is available today. In addition, BIG-IP v10.1 software and all associated product modules are also currently available. For more information about BIG-IP solutions, please visit www.f5.com/products/big-ip/. Additional Resources BIG-IP Edge Gateway – SlideShare Presentation BIG-IP Edge Gateway Product Overview Unified Access and Optimization with F5 BIG-IP Edge Gateway – White Paper F5 Customer Interview with CSC – Podcast About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. F5, BIG-IP, Edge Gateway, and Edge Client 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. 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 statements 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. F5 Delivers Next-Generation Application Delivery Services Giving Enterprises More Control with Context-Aware Networking 2010-02-03T06:50:00Z f5 SYDNEY, 3 February 2010 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced the expansion of its industry-leading application delivery services portfolio. Building on the recent announcements of BIG-IP v10.1’s unique web security capabilities and functionality supporting the intelligent scaling of mobile infrastructures, F5 is introducing additional advanced Application Delivery Controller services and products designed to support enterprises’ efforts to move toward a more dynamic data centre, reduce infrastructure costs, enhance workforce efficiency and simplify access policy enforcement. The powerful new BIG-IP release offers a rich set of advanced services providing unparalleled control and compelling cost savings for enterprises, as well as service and cloud providers. BIG-IP v10.1 enables organisations to: (1) Reduce CapEx and OpEx through centralised, granular access control using the new BIG-IP Access Policy Manager™ product module; (2) Improve end-user experience and enhance security by creating policies based on user location with IP geolocation services integrated into the TMOS platform; (3) Reduce bandwidth costs and improve disaster recovery through accelerated data transfers with the new BIG-IP WAN Optimization Module™; (4) Deploy applications faster by leveraging new Application Ready Templates for SAP and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. BIG-IP Access Policy Manager for Convenient, Flexible Application Access With virtualisation and cloud computing models becoming key pillars of today’s enterprise architectures, increasing application traffic is placing higher demand on organisations to control and secure corporate data. F5’s new BIG-IP Access Policy Manager™ (APM™) module enables IT departments to provide policy-based, customisable access and authentication to web applications for corporate employees (local and remote), mobile workers, business partners and customers. By integrating and consolidating authentication services, BIG-IP helps organisations eliminate the need for costly authentication enforcement alternatives. The APM module also greatly reduces the costs associated with change control and compliance reporting. Instead of a highly distributed and unmanageable architecture, F5 consolidates and simplifies authentication services into a few strategic points of control. “With this new release, F5 has provided a roadmap of offerings that meet our strategic goals in terms of business growth,” said Dean Newman, Director of Information Technology at PensionsFirst Analytics, which offers risk management analysis and advisory services to the defined benefit (DB) pensions industry. “The solution protects the initial investment we’ve made in securing our web application with BIG-IP Access Policy Manager because we can continue adding services as we require them without having to re-engineer our security environment. With BIG-IP APM, we’ve built an iron fence around our web application. It not only protects the application; it helps us manage the traffic and the user experience.” BIG-IP WAN Optimization Module for Data Centre-to-Data Centre Replication Expanding F5’s WAN application delivery services, the BIG-IP WAN Optimization Module™ (WOM™) accelerates data transfer over the network by optimising traffic and bandwidth through the use of adaptive compression and de-duplication technologies. WOM enhances data centre-to-data centre replication of mission-critical applications like storage data and virtual machine images, dramatically reducing bandwidth costs while increasing transfer rates up to 70 times over existing methods. This new BIG-IP product module improves organisations’ overall disaster recovery posture, ensuring data is replicated quickly and reliably at speeds greater than 1 Gbps—faster and less expensive than any alternative on the market today. Geolocation Services Integrated in TMOS for Enhanced Security BIG-IP v10.1 also includes the industry’s first geolocation services database that identifies the physical location of a user by monitoring additional contextual information for BIG-IP products. This location information, coupled with F5’s unique iRules™ scripting language, enables customers to take into account the user’s actual location and access conditions in order to determine the best application delivery policy. This information provides additional intelligence to help customers better secure, optimise and direct end-user application transactions. The alternative today is to attempt to code this in each and every application, which is neither cost-effective nor practical for most businesses. For the first time, IT administrators will possess unparalleled ease of control over who can access the corporate network based on location or even limit access to specific materials. BIG-IP’s world-class geolocation capabilities are made possible in collaboration with F5 technology alliance partner Quova. Expanded Library of Application Ready Templates for Rapid Deployment With v10.1, F5 is further extending its lead in application fluency with the addition of two new application templates for SAP Dynamics and Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. Application Ready Templates have been pioneered by F5 and are developed with F5’s broad set of application partners. These templates simplify the creation of profiles, policies, and other configuration parameters needed to optimise application deployments across BIG-IP products and services. These cumulative advancements minimise deployment time for administrators and boost performance for end-users, reducing OpEx and streamlining application delivery. “IDC finds that IT requires an ‘always on’ application delivery strategy that incorporates users, applications and infrastructure,” said Lucinda Borovick, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks at IDC. “F5 Networks’ BIG-IP v10.1 brings together a collection of features that enable IT to create a foundational infrastructure that supports ongoing datacentre consolidations and transformations while at the same time keeping up with end users' demands for capacity and quality-of-service expectations.” “F5’s unique TMOS architecture platform gives our customers an adaptable framework to deploy market-leading application delivery services in a unified solution,” said Kurt Hansen, Managing Director of F5 Networks in Australia and New Zealand. “BIG-IP v10.1 provides a dynamic, context-aware environment that takes action based on the user’s identity, device, network conditions and the application itself. For example, with BIG-IP Access Policy Manager, F5 is bringing user and group identity into the network that enables IT to make more intelligent secure access decisions. No other vendor in the market is able to match this degree of innovation and integration. The level of intelligence this release delivers helps customers realise unmatched performance gains, maximised security, cost savings and IT agility.” Availability BIG-IP v10.1 software is available today. Product modules including BIG-IP Access Policy Manager, WAN Optimization Module, and others are also currently available. Geolocation services are integrated with F5’s TMOS platform starting with BIG-IP v10.1. New Application Ready Templates are available for no additional fee. For more information about BIG-IP solutions, please visit www.f5.com/products/big-ip/. Additional Resources BIG-IP v10.1 Advanced ADC – SlideShare Presentation BIG-IP Version 10.1: An Integrated Application Delivery Architecture – White Paper Geolocation and Application Delivery – White Paper About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. CONTACTS: Elissa McGrath Shuna Boyd F5 Networks Shuna Boyd Public Relations +61 407 137 355 +61 2 9418 8100 e.mcgrath@f5.com shuna@boydpr.com.au F5, BIG-IP, Access Policy Manager, APM, WAN Optimization Module, WOM, iRules, and TMOS 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. 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 statements 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. # # # APAC CIO Survey Underscores Need for Proactive Approach to Application Delivery & Cloud Computing 2010-02-03T06:30:00Z f5-frost-amp-sullivan-survey F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the results of a Frost & Sullivan survey that looked at enterprise views towards application delivery and cloud computing with respect to their business needs as well as their understanding of the technology drivers behind these needs. Commissioned by F5, the survey found that CIOs and senior IT decision makers in Asia Pacific (APAC) recognise the importance of Web applications in driving their businesses, and that their strong recognition of the seriousness of Web-based attacks makes security a top concern. However, the survey also exposed a need for more awareness about the differences between traditional network-based vulnerabilities versus Web application attacks as there appeared to be some confusion among respondents about the capabilities of network-based firewalls versus Web application firewalls. Also, the findings revealed a preference for utilising more bandwidth to overcome Web application performance issues. Since adding bandwidth does not overcome latency issues caused by physical distances between source and destination, this potentially means that the prevalent issue of application latency remains unresolved for many enterprises. Further, the study shows that customers see an important association between cloud computing and business agility putting an onus on aspiring cloud services providers to assure enterprise-level availability, security and performance. “Applications are the lifeblood of enterprises today, and it is essential that decision makers take the right approach that includes creating strategic points of control that give complete visibility. Whether application protection, high availability, or performance, the business objective can only be achieved when the solutions are part of an overall Application Delivery Networking strategy that ensures full visibility and control of end-to-end traffic between users and application servers,” stated Kurt Hansen, Managing Director of F5 Networks in Australia and New Zealand. “As technology convergence continues unabated in the IT realm, the concept of a Server Load Balancer has rapidly evolved into a converged Application Delivery Controller capable of offering more capabilities on top of its base function and dominated by the three pillars of application delivery: availability, security and performance,” said Nitin Bhat, Senior Vice President - ICT, Frost & Sullivan. “On the cloud computing front, the study showed that whilst perception towards cloud computing as a business enabler is encouraging, security and access control are key challenges that could potentially affect an enterprise’s willingness to embrace cloud computing as a viable business tool in the immediate future.” The study, conducted in the fourth quarter of 2009 across Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Singapore and South Korea, surveyed large enterprises’ attitudes on a range of topics such application delivery, application security, application acceleration and cloud computing. Overall findings: Interest in unifying application delivery capabilities on a single platform is high Seventy-three percent of CIOs and senior decision makers want two or more integrated features on a single platform. Top of their list are Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) and security. Mismatch between the perceived enterprise needs and the corresponding technologies deployed - Bandwidth dependence and fallacies still exist. Forty-four percent believed that simply utilising more bandwidth is the best way to boost application performance levels. - Application security is still not well understood. Sixty-one percent believed that network firewalls can prevent Web attacks, and twenty-three percent indicated that their existing IDS/IPS deployments are forms of protection against Web attacks. - Cloud computing is viewed as the next generation application delivery channel Enterprises believe that cloud computing will increase their agility and scalability in a cost-effective manner. However, more than half cited security issues as a key barrier to adoption of cloud computing. Topics of interest (ranked by country): Security is the top application delivery issue in Australia, Singapore and India Early adopters of Cloud appear to be Australia and India Australia, China and Korea rank as the top three counties which consider security a key barrier to Cloud adoption Unifying application delivery on a single platform: India, China, Korea and Singapore Bandwidth dependence ranked highest in India, China and Singapore Having a powerful network firewall is sufficient to make up for a lack of Web application firewall according to respondents in China, India, Korea and Singapore There is a strong belief in China, Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong that Web application firewalls are only required for PCI-DSS compliance Cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS) are perceived as being the same thing in China, Korea, and India About the Survey This was a survey commissioned by F5 to understand end-user perceptions about application delivery and cloud computing with respect to their business needs as well as their understanding of the technology drivers behind these needs. The survey consisted of around 300 enterprises, spanning six markets, and included five verticals—financial, telecommunications, government, manufacturing and IT. The executives who participated were mainly IT executives who played an influencing role in the purchasing decisions for IT infrastructure. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organisations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organisations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. CONTACTS: Elissa McGrath Shuna Boyd F5 Networks Shuna Boyd Public Relations +61 407 137 355 +61 2 9418 8100 e.mcgrath@f5.com shuna@boydpr.com.au F5 is a trademark or service mark 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. 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 statements 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. F5 NetWorks Appoints Westcon as Distributor in A/NZ 2010-01-27T22:34:00Z f5-networks-appoints-westcon-as-distributor-in-a-nz F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that Westcon Group will distribute F5 Networks solutions to channel reseller partners in Australia and New Zealand. F5 Networks selected Westcon Group for its ability to efficiently deliver unified application delivery and data management solutions to channel reseller partners, as well as its extensive knowledge, skills and expertise in key industry verticals. As part of the agreement, Westcon Group will distribute the complete F5 Networks portfolio of solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand, and will leverage its own expertise to deliver solutions for networks, data centres, and service provider environments. With the recent acquisition of Datastor – a leading New Zealand distributor of Storage, Virtualisation and Data Center solutions – by Westcon Group, the appointment of Westcon as a distributor will also strengthen market penetration for F5’s ARX data management solutions throughout Australia and New Zealand. “F5 solutions enable enterprises to add, remove, grow and shrink application and data services on-demand, regardless of their location, therefore stretching IT budgets and creating IT agility,” said Kurt Hansen, Managing Director at F5 Networks Australia/New Zealand. “By partnering with Westcon, we intend to expand our route to market for our industry-leading Application Delivery Networking products. Westcon’s reputation as a leading distributor with a well evolved partner ecosystem translates into tangible benefits for our customers. Our new partnership with Westcon makes sense as we look to deepen our relationships with customers. Westcon’s established program infrastructure will help us systematically achieve this.” As part of Westcon’s Global Procurement System (GPS), it is able to ship many products to most countries around the world. Prior to this, Westcon already represented F5 solutions in seven countries, with Australia and New Zealand now adding to that list. “We are excited to be offering F5’s full range of Application Delivery Networking products to our customers,” said Leigh Howard, A/NZ Sales Director for Westcon Group. “Our new relationship with F5 plays to many of Westcon’s strong suits, specifically our knowledge of networks and data centres. The addition of the F5 solutions is a strong move for Westcon and we look forward to introducing them to our customer base.” To learn more about Westcon’s F5-related offerings, please contact Westcon Group on 1800 646 112. About Weston Group Westcon Group, Inc. is the leading specialty distributor in networking, security, mobility, convergence and storage solutions for leading technology vendors, including Cisco, Nortel and Avaya, Inc. Through its Westcon, Comstor and Voda One business practices, Westcon Group sells products and services to resellers, systems integrators and service providers. Westcon Group has particular expertise in the convergence of voice, data and video applications and technologies, including voice-over Internet protocol, or VoIP, security for networking and communications systems, remote access, Internet and e-business, virtual private networks, videoconferencing and wireless connectivity. For more information, visit http://www.westcongroup.com About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. CONTACTS: Elissa McGrath Shuna Boyd F5 Networks Shuna Boyd Public Relations +61 4 07137355 +61 2 9418 8100 e.mcgrath@f5.com shuna@boydpr.com.au F5 BIG-IP Solutions Integrated with VMware vCenter Server to Support More Rapid Alignment of IT to Business Requirements 2009-06-30T23:02:36Z f5-big-ip-solutions-integrated-with-vmware-vcenter-server-to-support-more-rapid-alignment-of-it-to-business-requirements F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced integration between its BIG-IP solutions and VMware vSphere 4 and VMware vCenter Server, together creating a scalable and extensible platform that allows IT administrators to dramatically improve organizations’ control over virtual environments. Working in concert, VMware vCenter Server and F5 BIG-IP solutions enable customers to dynamically provision application resources, reduce costs, and maximize the automation and agility of their IT infrastructures. “With F5 and VMware vSphere 4, we’re able to provide a flexible service platform to support clients’ IT and cloud initiatives,” said Pat O’Day, CTO at BlueLock, a managed technology services company providing virtual cloud resources through an infrastructure-as-a-service model. “Our clients rely on automated service provisioning to increase efficiency and keep operation costs down. Leveraging integration between F5’s BIG-IP and VMware vSphere 4, BlueLock’s supporting architecture can scale virtual resource pools effortlessly as demand fluctuates, or as network and application conditions change. Our clients only pay for the resources they use. This model delivers real value and efficiency when compared to a traditional approach, where in-house systems are built to handle peak demand levels they seldom reach.” Integration with VMware vCenter Server is made possible through F5’s open API, iControl, which enables rapid integration with third party management systems. Due to the flexibility of iControl, organizations can tailor their networks to be more responsive to the dynamic changes happening in the virtual infrastructure. Together, VMware vCenter Server and F5 BIG-IP systems provide a resilient platform that can continually optimize application delivery and enable IT organizations to more rapidly align with business needs by adapting to changes in business requirements or the overall IT environment. “VMware vSphere and VMware vCenter Server help customers respond rapidly and easily to application demands,” said Shekar Ayyar, VP, Infrastructure Alliances at VMware. “F5 BIG-IP solutions extend this agility to the network to enable consistency in application state throughout the data center and in private clouds, enabling faster responses with less manual intervention.” VMware vCenter Server and F5’s BIG-IP System: Automation leads to IT Agility VMware vCenter Server enables customers to dynamically provision application resources in response to fluctuating user demand. However, until now, configuring the application delivery network to recognize and respond to those changes has been a manual process. This integration enables VMware vCenter Server to provide specific instructions on how F5 solutions should handle application traffic for newly provisioned or deprovisioned virtual machines. Instructions can include adding or removing virtual machines from BIG-IP’s load balancing pool or even holding connections until the virtual machines are confirmed to be responsive. Instructions can even be given in the event that virtual machines are consolidated onto a reduced number of hosts by VMware Distributed Power Management. This automation minimizes the need for manual intervention and greatly reduces the possibility of configuration errors. VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager and F5’s BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (GTM) complements VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager by extending Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery automation functionality to the network, reducing IT administration time and effort, and substantially mitigating the risk of human error. In the event of site failure, BIG-IP GTM works with VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager to redirect application traffic to an alternative data center or to the cloud, and ensure that applications remain available. “With virtualization, applications are becoming more dynamic and responsive to variable business and technical environments,” said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. “However, there is more to delivering an application to an end user than simply the application instance itself. The rest of the infrastructure that connects applications and users must be as responsive and flexible as the applications to ensure maximum resource availability and efficiency. F5’s integration with VMware vCenter™ Server helps ensure business value and IT agility for organizations of all sizes.” For additional information on the benefits of deploying F5 and VMware solutions together, please visit www.f5.com/solutions/applications/vmware/virtualization. For more about deploying BIG-IP solutions with vCenter, check out the deployment guide at www.f5.com/pdf/deployment-guides/vmware-infrastructure-dg.pdf. For more about deploying BIG-IP solutions with vCenter Site Recovery Manager, check out the solution brief at www.f5.com/pdf/solution-center/vmware-srm-sb.pdf. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. F5 Networks Helps SKM Gain 4X Performance Improvement for Microsoft SharePoint 2009-06-16T06:54:09Z f5-networks-helps-skm-gain-4x-performance-improvement-for-microsoft-sharepoint F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that Sinclair Knight Merz (SKM) has optimised the performance of its recent Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 deployment by implementing F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM™) with WebAccelerator™ to ensure a superior user experience. “Our initial testing showed a four times performance improvement through the use of F5’s solutions with SharePoint” said Richard Percy, Telecommunications and Security Manager, Sinclair Knight Merz. SKM is a leading engineering, sciences, and project delivery firm. With 48 offices and 6,500 employees around the world, it provides independent technical, strategic, and commercial advice for a wide range of projects. Recently, the company embarked on a global rollout of Microsoft SharePoint to host its corporate intranet, performance dialogue system, and other key business applications. “We needed SharePoint to work—and work well—from day one. If employees experience excessive latency with an enterprise application like SharePoint, they won’t use it. F5’s solutions ensure that we get top performance from SharePoint so that our employees can leverage this new collaborative environment to better serve our clients. This translates directly into a positive return on our SharePoint investment.” With BIG-IP LTM and WebAccelerator, F5’s Application Ready Solution for Microsoft SharePoint provides SKM with a complete set of resources—including step-by-step deployment guidance and pre-configured, validated acceleration policies—that simplify the design, deployment, and management of SharePoint across the network. With F5 and Microsoft solutions working in concert, SKM was able to improve user experience, strengthen security, unify access control and enforcement, and ensure superior scalability for SharePoint. “Our implementation partner, Dimension Data, initially recommended that we investigate F5’s BIG-IP solutions as a part of its solution architecture,” added Percy. “And other members of the team and I also had experience with the BIG-IP platform from previous organizations. It had all the features we required, including an intuitive interface, and was simple to configure.” BIG-IP LTM with WebAccelerator adds intelligence to standard browser capabilities to continually optimize and accelerate application data. The BIG-IP solution also caches information for SKM, meaning that, once data has been downloaded overseas, it is permanently available at that destination. As a result, application requests back to the primary data center in Sydney are significantly decreased. With BIG-IP’s failover capabilities, SKM can also meet their global availability needs with only one BIG-IP device, instead of requiring a separate device for each office. “Availability is crucial,” added Percy, “which is one of the reasons we looked at the failover option. But having the support and resources from F5 to help us address the evolving needs of our business is also critical.”To learn more about F5’s Application Ready Solution for Microsoft SharePoint, please visit www.f5.com/solutions/applications/microsoft/office-sharepoint-server. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on secure, reliable and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations to enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. # # # CONTACTS: Jo-Anne Simon Shuna Boyd. F5 Networks, Inc. BoydPR 02 9978 1502 02 9418 8100 j.simon@f5.com shuna@boydpr.com.au F5 Networks' BIG-IP Solution Dramatically Cuts App Delivery Costs 2009-06-15T14:00:00Z f-networks-big-ip-solutions-dramatically-cuts-app-delivery-costs F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced its BIG-IP version 10 software release. The innovative solution helps organisations align IT and business by streamlining application delivery, reducing CapEx and OpEx costs, and improving workforce efficiency. BIG-IP v10 unifies application security, optimisation, and acceleration onto a single device, paving the way for enterprises and service providers to establish a more dynamic IT infrastructure. This software release complements the introduction of F5's new BIG-IP 8900 hardware platform, also announced today. BIG-IP v10 is a milestone release supporting F5's vision of Unified Application and Data Delivery Services, which redefines how application, server, storage, and network resources are aligned and managed to deliver services that fluidly adapt to changing business requirements. These services provide an agile framework of simple and efficient mechanisms to integrate emerging dynamic computing models, such as virtualisation, cloud computing, and SaaS (software as a service), without having to completely re-architect existing systems. The BIG-IP system: The solution to achieve a more dynamic infrastructure F5's unified and integrated approach to application delivery offers as much as a threefold improvement in IT staff efficiency through rapid deployment, on-demand services, and tools that reduce training and administrative time. In addition, by unifying, consolidating, virtualising, and optimising the application delivery infrastructure, customers can save more than 50 percent on hardware, power, space, and cooling costs. Contextual awareness: A vital asset for successful Application Delivery Networking A dynamic infrastructure is able to understand the context of an application, its deployment environment, and its users, and thus apply relevant policies to optimise the delivery of that application. By unifying application services-such as optimisation, security, acceleration, and more-across a dynamic infrastructure, F5 solutions enable organisations to implement a comprehensive solution that is intelligent, consolidated, and resource-efficient. BIG-IP v10 builds on F5's existing context-aware capabilities with its unique iSessions framework, which creates a secure site-to-site connection between two symmetrically deployed BIG-IP devices. The new BIG-IP release empowers organisations to: Streamline Application Delivery through Unified Services BIG-IP v10 builds on F5's market leadership in advanced Application Delivery Controllers by unifying application delivery and WAN delivery services. The BIG-IP system now provides iSessions, the framework that encrypts and optimises data between a symmetric deployment of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM™) devices. This capability improves transfer rates, reduces bandwidth consumption, and offloads applications for more efficient WAN communication. Drive Down Costs by Consolidating the Application Delivery Infrastructure BIG-IP v10 helps customers unify individual devices onto a single solution, consolidating the ADN infrastructure three-to-one. BIG-IP LTM, BIG-IP WebAccelerator™, and BIG-IP Application Security Manager™ (ASM™) modules now all run natively on F5's TMOS plug-in architecture, giving customers the means to secure and accelerate web applications on a single BIG-IP device. Through this consolidation, customers can significantly cut hardware, power space, and cooling costs. In addition, IT staff can now efficiently support multiple customers, applications, and business units-on the same device-through the BIG-IP device's network virtualisation capability. Increase Workforce Efficiency with Rapid Deployment, On-Demand Tools, and Services BIG-IP v10 offers enhancements and new features designed to simplify management and improve the productivity of those managing BIG-IP devices. Highlights include integration with existing authentication systems, at-a-glance dashboard monitoring capabilities, and a rich library of Application Ready Templates. The templates are designed to simplify the creation of profiles, policies, and other pertinent configuration parameters needed to optimise a BIG-IP deployment with specific applications, such as Microsoft SharePoint 2007, Exchange Web Access 2007, VMware View™, Oracle Application Server 10g, and SAP ERP. By using these templates, setup time can be reduced from several hours to a few minutes. Availability BIG-IP version 10 and all associated product modules are available today. Software product modules include BIG-IP LTM, ASM, WebAccelerator, Global Traffic Manager™, and Link Controller™. The new Application Ready Templates are available for no additional fee. More information on the new BIG-IP release can be found at www.f5.com/products/big-ip/v10.html. Quotes "BIG-IP v10 is a milestone release that marks a significant shift in the application delivery market, offering major innovations that deliver substantial ROI," "For organisations to successfully employ new dynamic computing models, such as virtualisation and cloud services, to deliver applications on-demand, it's vital that their infrastructure be context-aware. F5's integrated approach affords contextual awareness in order to understand the user, device, location, network condition, and application requirements, and dynamically adjust to act on specific conditions. BIG-IP v10 is the cornerstone of this model, delivering a powerful new level of integration and consolidation to streamline application delivery in order to deliver services that generate true business value." Erik Giesa, VP of Product Management and Marketing at F5 "BIG-IP v10 supports Microsoft's vision for unified communications solutions like Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 by helping power communication across the applications, networks, and devices businesses already know and use," "Working with Microsoft, F5 helps customers streamline applications to improve user communication and collaboration." Yancey Smith, Director, Microsoft Unified Communications Group "VMware's industry-leading virtualisation platform is driving down capital and operating expenses for customers both in the data center as well as on the desktop," "VMware and F5 share a common goal of enabling customers to maximise the value gained from virtualisation initiatives. BIG-IP v10 can further enrich the application deployment experience in a VMware virtualised environment. For example, with its new VMware View templates, customers can adapt their BIG-IP settings to optimise their virtual desktop deployments." Shekar Ayyar, Vice President of Infrastructure Alliances at VMware "In the healthcare industry, the security and availability of medical information are always top-of-mind," "With F5's BIG-IP product family, we're able to integrate network and application services without compromising performance or data access. As an F5 customer since 2002, we're pleased with the forward-looking innovation that the BIG-IP family of products delivers. The new release promises to build on BIG-IP's rich feature set and provide the context-aware and customisable capabilities we can rely on to stay ahead of evolving privacy and compliance regulations." Randy Paxton, Lead Network Engineer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, a health benefits provider serving nearly one million members in 32 counties in Missouri and Kansas "SoftLayer provides global, on-demand data center and hosting services, leveraging best-in-class technology to offer customers innovative, fully automated solutions that empower enterprises with complete access, control, security, and scalability," "F5's BIG-IP solution provides us with a forward-looking platform and a key enabling technology for SoftLayer's dynamic infrastructure, helping to secure applications and offload compute-intense functions to allow for massive scalability. And, BIG-IP's ability to automate via F5's open iControl API and work with solutions like Microsoft's Hyper-V and VMware's VDI is a huge advantage as it ensures the seamless automation that's required in virtualised environments." Nathan Day, CTO at SoftLayer "Datacenter networking initiatives are driven by the need to deliver a resilient architecture to the datacenter. The network is playing a greater role as customers look at how they can optimise their existing assets while reducing costs given the economic times," "IDC anticipates IT spend to recover in 2010, but 2009 is the year where application delivery can be the lynchpin to help IT organisations cut costs as customers begin to view their datacenter as a cohesive entity rather than a collection of piece parts. As a result, solutions that further the goal of providing common building blocks that can be assembled to lead toward a dynamic datacenter that is responsive to business priorities will have the greatest chance of success." Lucinda Borovick, Research Vice President, Datacenter Networks for IDC "With v10, we are able to provide our clients a suite of Application Delivery Networking solutions," "Because F5 puts so much power and functionality into a single platform, we are able to deliver a highly virtualised and scalable solution that we believe is unmatched in the industry. By offering unified application services on a scalable platform, F5's new version of BIG-IP provides a flexible framework that we can customise to address exactly what the goals of our clients are today. Our constant focus at Trace|3 is making sure that our clients are successful in achieving their IT business objectives. With F5 as a core technology partner, we are very confident that we can deliver." John Pfaff, Director of Sales at Trace|3, a leading information technology systems integration firm based in Southern California About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5's flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organisations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5's vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines how application, server, storage, and network resources are aligned and managed to streamline application delivery and reduce costs. Global enterprise organisations, service providers, and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. # # # For further information please contact: Jo-Anne Simon F5 Networks 02 9978 1502 Shuna Boydpr BoydPR 02 9418 8100 F5 Networks Appoints Kurt Hansen as A/NZ Managing Director 2009-04-27T14:00:00Z f5-networks-appoints-kurt-hansen-as-a-nz-managing-director F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the appointment of Kurt Hansen as Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand. Hansen will be responsible for overall business operations, sales, and business development for Australia and New Zealand. In this role he will focus on extending the company’s market-share in the Application Delivery Controller and Data Management markets. Commenting on the appointment, Song Tang Yih, Vice President, Asia Pacific, F5 Networks, said, “We are extremely pleased to have Kurt spearheading our operations in Australia and New Zealand. The market in this region continues to be one of the most sophisticated adopters of Application Delivery Networking technologies and we believe that his in-depth industry knowledge and experience will assist in maintaining F5's momentum in this region.” “The demand for Internet-based applications offered by enterprises to their customers both in mobile and fixed environments continues to grow, as does the data being placed in large and medium enterprise storage environments. As such, there is enormous potential for F5 in this region and I see a wealth of opportunities that allow us to collaborate with customers to build agile IT infrastructures that ensure people, applications and data can adapt to business changes,” said Kurt Hansen, Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand, F5 Networks. “This is a terrific value proposition given the current economic pressures on our customers. The solutions that F5 brings to the application delivery and storage markets allow CIO’s to implement a Total Cost of Ownership strategy, whilst improving infrastructure robustness and the availability of applications to their customers. It's a very exciting time to be a part of F5.” Hansen’s career in senior sales and management positions in the IT industry spans almost 20 years. Before joining F5, Hansen was the Managing Director at AirData Pty Ltd, where he grew top line revenues by 250 percent in 18 months. Prior to AirData, he gained extensive sales leadership experience while at Symbol Technologies, Telstra, Cisco Systems, and Ericsson. In these positions he was responsible for increasing revenue through the development of sales and major account management. Hansen holds a graduate diploma in engineering from Swinburne Institute of Technology. About F5 Networks F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com. 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 statements 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. # # # CONTACTS: Jo Simon Shuna Boyd F5 Networks Shuna Boyd Public Relations +61 2 9978 1502 +61 2 9418 8100 j.simon@f5.com shuna@boydpr.com.au