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F5 Achieves SAP Certified Integration of Application Security and WAN Optimization Solutions

Certification helps assure customers that F5's WANJet and BIG-IP Application Security Manager products interoperate with the SAP NetWeaver platform and provide network performance and security benefits for SAP applications

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that the F5®BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager (LTM) version 9 with Application Security Manager (ASM) and WANJet® version 5 products have achieved SAP® Certified Integration for third-party networking appliances that interoperate with SAP solutions using the SAP NetWeaver® platform and an enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA).

As a complement to F5's Application Ready Network for use with SAP solutions and previous certifications of BIG-IP LTM version 9 with WebAccelerator and FirePass® Controller version 6, F5 provides a comprehensive suite of application delivery products certified for integration with SAP applications that delivers security (BIG-IP ASM, FirePass), optimization (BIG-IP WebAccelerator and WANJet) and availability (BIG-IP LTM). With F5, customers using SAP solutions can deploy an end-to-end Application Delivery Network to address application performance at every point in the network to assure optimum user experience.

"Through certification efforts, we're able to enhance the specific performance characteristics of networks for SAP applications to deliver a better user experience for F5 customers using SAP solutions," said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. "Because of our ongoing work with SAP, we're able to provide customers with an end-to-end solution that mitigates deployment risk by leveraging complementary Application Delivery Networking technologies, saving time and reducing TCO."

Enterprise SOA-based offerings enable customers to create a highly-flexible, open IT architecture for developing services-based, enterprise-scale business solutions. Within an enterprise SOA environment, customers rely on F5 products for the uninterrupted delivery of business-critical applications over the network. As confirmed in the testing, deployment advantages of BIG-IP ASM used with SAP solutions in enterprise SOA environments include:

  • Reduced application server resource consumption through offloading SAP security functions
  • Increased network security capabilities with features including schema validation, whitelist/blacklist URIs, application session cookie enforcement, and DoS prevention

Deployment advantages of WANJet with SAP solutions in enterprise SOA environments include:

  • Complementary functionality to BIG-IP LTM with WebAccelerator, further enhancing user experience with decreased login times, faster document downloads, and LAN-like performance over the WAN
  • Compatibility with other devices on the F5 TMOS platform-a modular application delivery architecture-enabling users to centrally deploy and manage all application delivery and WAN optimization devices in an enterprise SOA environment from a single console using the F5 Enterprise Manager appliance

Certification was overseen by the SAP Integration and Certification Center (SAP ICC) and conducted at the SAP Co-Innovation Lab in Palo Alto, Calif. The SAP ICC has certified that F5's BIG-IP LTM with ASM and WANJet meet certain certification criteria in the areas of security, performance, reliability, and availability. Both BIG-IP LTM with ASM and WANJet were certified for integration with the SAP ERP application 6.0 release based on SAP NetWeaver 7.0. SAP Certified Integration status of BIG-IP LTM with ASM was granted based on achievement in the category of Network Security for enterprise SOA-based solutions. SAP Certified Integration status of WANJet was granted based on achievement in the category of Network Performance Optimization for enterprise SOA-based solutions.

These certifications mark the latest of several ongoing collaborations between SAP and F5 continuing to deepen the relationship between the two companies, including F5's Application Ready Network for use with SAP solutions.

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About the SAP Co-Innovation Lab

Founded in June 2007, the SAP Co-Innovation Lab provides a hands-on environment for SAP, independent software vendors (ISVs), system integrators (SIs), and technology partners to work together with customers around current and future technologies, as well as showcase how customers can increase competitive advantage and improve efficiencies by transforming their business networks with enterprise SOA.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 16,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to

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