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F5 Announces Superior Application Delivery Controller Performance and Scalability with New Hardware Blade for VIPRION

New performance blade helps service providers and large enterprises support growth initiatives, consolidate high-performance infrastructure, and enrich mobile service offerings

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today introduced Performance Blade 200 (PB200) hardware for the company's VIPRION® solution. The PB200 is designed to support the growth, availability, and performance requirements of content and service providers, as well as large enterprises.

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Many IT departments are struggling with rapid increases in both traffic volumes and users. Simultaneously, organizations continue to leverage social media, mobile devices, and an expanding array of web services to achieve business goals. These demands result in many companies pushing the limits of their current application delivery infrastructures.

The new VIPRION system with PB200 hardware enables organizations to:

  • Support Users with Industry-Leading Performance and Availability

    A fully loaded VIPRION chassis with four PB200 units is the highest performance Application Delivery Controller (ADC) on the market, delivering 72 Gbps of L7 throughput and 200,000 SSL transactions per second.

    The PB200 has dual quad-core processors that leverage F5's Clustered Multiprocessing (CMP) technology. With CMP, VIPRION performance blades work together form a virtual processing fabric utilizing all available CPU resources to more efficiently meet users' application delivery demands.

  • Achieve Scale and Growth Needs

    With VIPRION and the new PB200 hardware, organizations can better manage large volumes of traffic and provide additional capacity when needed. Because additional performance blades can be added on-demand, organizations can augment their infrastructures to deal with seasonal or unexpected traffic spikes with ease-and without downtime.

    In addition, F5® solutions enable organizations to customize their application delivery infrastructures to support the unique needs of their business. Flexible technologies, such as iRules commands and the iControl® API support and automate true infrastructure agility even as business or user conditions change.

  • Consolidate Infrastructure to Save on OpEx and CapEx Costs

    The VIPRION platform's ability to combine and customize disparate application services make it an ideal solution for organizations looking to consolidate their application delivery infrastructures to reduce power, space, and cooling costs in the data center.

    By offloading servers through its SSL, compression, caching, and TCP Express capabilities, VIPRION can help significantly reduce the total number of application servers needed to support applications.

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"Global mobile data traffic is set to double every year through 2013, and forecasts show that mobile broadband will be adopted by nearly half the world's population over the next five years," said Adrian Hall, Chief Marketing Officer at Bytemobile, a tier-one provider of integrated mobile internet solutions. "Now more than ever, operators need to efficiently manage dynamic network architectures and extend service portfolios to keep pace with user demands. The throughput improvements of the new PB200 hardware will provide added scalability to our mobile internet solutions and help to maximize the value of our customers' previous infrastructure investments."

"The ability to efficiently add more processing power to an existing application delivery infrastructure is essential," said Joe Skorupa, Research VP at Gartner, Inc. "By offloading functionality and letting the servers serve, Application Delivery Controllers help enterprises and service providers enhance the value of their investments as they plan new application deployments in 2010 and beyond."

"Today's service providers and large enterprises face exponential data growth, escalating demand for mobile capabilities, and increasing pressure to get the most from their existing resources," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "To address these evolving challenges, organizations continually rely on intelligent Application Delivery Controllers to provide strategic points of control throughout the infrastructure to add value and enhance manageability. With solutions like the PB200 hardware, F5 offers customers superior technology and the flexibility to align IT efforts with their overall business goals."


PB200 hardware for the VIPRION Application Delivery Controller is available now.

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

F5, VIPRION, iRules, iControl, and BIG-IP 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.

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