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April 16, 2009

F5's BIG-IP v10 Solution Enables Better Alignment of IT to Business and Cuts Application Delivery Costs

F5 Networks, Inc., a provider of Application Delivery Networking (ADN), declared its release of BIG-IP version10 software along with BIG-IP 8900 hardware platform. The solution enables the alignment of IT and business by reorganizing application delivery, saving CapEx and OpEx costs and enhancing workforce efficiency. BIG-IP v10 combines application security, optimization, and acceleration onto a single device, leading to establish a dynamic IT infrastructure.
BIG-IP v10 offers customized solutions to varying business requirements. It provides effective mechanisms for integrating virtualization, cloud computing, and SaaS (News - Alert) (Software as a Service), instead of re-building existing ones. Besides, reduction of training and administrative time is a great advantage. Customers are able to save nearly 50 percent on hardware, space, power and cooling costs. BIG-IP v10 is developed from the existing context-aware capabilities through unique iSessions framework, which links deployed BIG-IP devices.
BIG-IP v10 allows organizations to:
  • Reorganize Application Delivery through Unification of application delivery and WAN delivery services. iSessions encrypts data between deployments of Local Traffic Manager (LTM) devices, thus improving transfer rates, reducing bandwidth consumption, and offloads applications.
  • Drive down Costs by Consolidating ADN infrastructure three-to-one. It provides the means of securing and accelerating web applications on a single device, enabling the customers to cut down costs. Besides, IT staff can respond to many customers, applications, and business units on the same device.
  • Increase Workforce Efficiency with Rapid Deployment, On-Demand Tools, and Services. This is possible through integration with existing authentication systems, dashboard monitoring capabilities and a library of Application Ready Templates. Use of these templates reduces the time consumption drastically.
BIG-IP v10 and software product modules including BIG-IP LTM, ASM (News - Alert), WebAccelerator, Global Traffic Manager, and Link Controller are available with free Application Ready Templates.
“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 organizations to successfully employ new dynamic computing models, such as virtualization 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,” said Erik Giesa, vice president of Product Management and Marketing at F5.

Shireen Dee is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shireen's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jessica Kostek
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