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January 30, 2013

F5's Fastest Firewall Will Improve Application Delivery Security

F5 Networks (News - Alert), Inc. has unveiled its latest security solutions in order to protect the network and application infrastructures of companies. Apart from launching BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager, the company has unveiled improvements to its other security solutions, thereby offering an extremely scalable application delivery firewall solution. For the first time, a network firewall has been combined with traffic administration, application protection, user access administration, and DNS security capabilities by F5’s firewall offering, all inside a smart services framework.

The F5 application delivery firewall offering will offer improved performance levels when implemented with the latest VIPRION 4800 hardware from F5. The solution will be able to offer firewall throughput of 640 Gbps, 288 million simultaneous sessions and eight million connections per seconds.

In a statement, Mark Vondemkamp, VP, Security Product Management and Marketing at F5 said, “Increasingly, we’re seeing organizations grapple with attacks that target applications, in addition to more conventional network and perimeter threats. Because F5 products occupy strategic points of control within the infrastructure, they’re ideally situated to combine traditional application delivery with firewall capabilities and other advanced security services. F5 is committed to a highly scalable and extensible approach for our customers—one that integrates market-leading performance, monitoring, and context-based policy enforcement for superior protection.”

F5 combines the network and security functions of numerous BIG-IP modules into an incorporated offering, assisting enterprises in decreasing the intricacies of administration and ensuring finest performance and scalability.

F5’s incorporated approach to security allows customers to modify their settings to tackle specific requirements and priorities, thereby assisting individual and all-inclusive security initiatives. Organizations will be able to self-assuredly safeguard infrastructures with unmatched speed and scalability using F5’s modifiable offerings. They will be able to manage application availability, and abridge operations in order to decrease administrative tasks and expenses.

Jeff Wilson, Principal Analyst at Infonetics Research (News - Alert) said, “F5 is leveraging its strength in application delivery to extend into the firewall market, using its products’ ability to understand and optimize web traffic. There are a number of use cases where this new product can be deployed with other F5 solutions to better protect applications and optimize their performance at the same time.”

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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