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F5 Achieves Leader Status in META Group's Evaluation of the SSL Virtual Private Network Market

F5's FirePass solution evaluated by META in comprehensive analysis of SSL VPN products and vendors

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Application Traffic Management products, today announced that it has been ranked as a market leader in META Group's METAspectrumSM report for the SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) market. META Group is a leading provider of information technology (IT) research, advisory services, and strategic consulting.

The new METAspectrum evaluation provides an objective assessment of companies providing SSL VPN products used primarily to provide secure remote access to applications. F5 was positioned in the leader segment of the METAspectrum analysis and was recognized for these strengths:

  • The FirePass product's comprehensive set of access modes, with support for multiple client operating systems (not just Win X, like many of its competitors). Similarly, this is accompanied by a complete set of application and client-based security features.
  • Very appropriate vision and strategy, with a track record that indicates a strong potential for future success in this market.
  • Bringing together a powerful combination of capabilities: application access technology via uRoam, application firewall technology via MagniFire, and its own application/traffic optimization technology and hardware platform.
  • Healthy financial situation complemented by well-established channel and product partner relationships.

"We are pleased to be rated as a Leader in the METAspectrum SSL VPN survey based on our thorough understanding of the market requirements, our solid product strategy and vision, and our proven track record as a market leader," said Jeff Pancottine, SVP and General Manager of F5's Security Business Unit. "F5 is a worldwide leader in the Application Traffic Management market and our FirePass SSL VPN solution is a key component of our strategy to secure, optimize and deliver applications to any user, in any location."

"We developed METAspectrum to enable IT professionals to quickly evaluate vendors based on their ability to deliver on the presence and performance criteria that matter most in a given market," said Mark Bouchard, Senior Program Director, META Group. "In evaluating these SSL VPN products, enterprises should look for solutions that offer secure reliable access to any corporate resource from any browser based device. It's clear that customers need varying types of access, including portal access to web applications, emails and files, application access to client/server (TCP) based applications such as Citrix, Outlook, Siebel etc., and network access that provides full IP connectivity to the enterprise network."

For more information about the FirePass product, visit

About METAspectrum

META Group's METAspectrumSM methodology provides a framework for evaluating or selecting an appropriate IT vendor or product, simplifies the decision process, and enables more effective technology investments. META Group's research efforts, which adhere to the company's commitment to objectivity, are conducted independently, based on industry best-practice methodologies and subject to the highest levels of review by META Group's research community. To learn more about METAspectrum, visit or call 800-945-META.

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 6,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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