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F5 Announces Two BIG-IP Apps Now Available at the App Store

Free F5 apps deliver secure and optimized corporate network access for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), a global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that its BIG-IP® Edge ClientApp and BIG-IP Edge PortalApp are now available at the App Store. These apps provide iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users with convenient, secure, and accelerated access to corporate materials and ensure IT teams can confidently support both corporate and personal devices.

“As iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch further establish themselves in the corporate space, organizations have been pressed to support the products their employees want to use to stay connected,” said Erik Giesa, VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5. “The need for IT managers to enable access and encourage productivity without compromising security or control led F5 to develop apps for Apple’s iOS devices. This approach provides seamless corporate access that both users and IT departments can rely on.”

The new apps work in tandem with F5’s BIG-IP Access Policy Manager, BIG-IP Edge Gateway, and FirePass® products to centralize application access control for mobile users of iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices. With these solutions, organizations can provide reliable, optimized mobile access for employees, partners, and contractors, and IT administrators can grant full VPN access or limit access to specific applications, depending on business priorities and personnel requirements. F5’s flexible access solutions, including the new apps, help organizations boost productivity and allow users to enjoy seamless access wherever they are, and whatever device they’re using.

The BIG-IP Edge Client App and BIG-IP Edge Portal App allow organizations to:

  • Provide Secure Access for Corporate and Personal Devices to Enhance Productivity

Historically, IT and helpdesk staff have been called on to support both managed and unmanaged devices in the corporate environment. Without direct control of endpoints, IT risked alienating users by limiting support to certain corporate devices, or accepted the consequences of granting unsecured access to company resources. F5’s BIG-IP apps address this need by providing secure, managed access to corporate resources from iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch via F5 access solutions. With F5’s new apps, IT teams can broaden their support of user devices and help keep employees productive. 

  • Ensure Corporate Systems Uphold Security and Compliance Requirements

The new apps enable F5’s BIG-IP Access Policy Manager, BIG-IP Edge Gateway, and FirePass products to provide flexible, policy-based access capabilities for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. This allows IT to extend the proper level of access to corporate resources for specific groups or employees. In addition, F5’s sophisticated security, logging, and accounting capabilities help ensure that access to company materials adheres to the organization’s specific policies as well as any applicable industry compliance mandates. As an example, F5’s dynamic access policy capabilities enable customers to firewall access based on user identity, endpoint context, geolocation, and the user’s directory attributes. Layer 7 access control and geolocation capabilities are unique to F5 among other vendors’ solutions.

  • Improve Mobile User Performance with Accelerated Client Access

Data center consolidation efforts coupled with the growing use of mobile devices continues to put more physical distance between users and corporate data. F5’s BIG-IP Edge Gateway solution optimizes access between clients, gateways, and data centers, enabling iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch users to enjoy optimized performance regardless of location. By leveraging technologies like acceleration and compression to improve performance levels, these apps enable users to enjoy a superior experience. F5 solutions combine to deliver 2–8x better application performance than competing products.


Supporting Quotes

“According to ESG Research, 43 percent of enterprise organizations offer formal support for iPhones, while another 32 percent are interested in doing so,” said Jon Oltsik, Principal Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. “With F5’s BIG-IP Edge Client App and BIG-IP Edge Portal App now available at the App Store, large organizations have easy access to the tools that can help them integrate iPhones and other iOS devices with enterprise IT in an efficient and effective way.”

“We’re very excited that F5 now offers enhanced support for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices,” said Jake Seitz, Enterprise Architect at CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), a leading provider of information, analytics, and business services. “We’re currently looking at how to expand employee use of tablets and smart phones, and being able to leverage our successful BIG-IP deployments to support mobile users is a big win for us.” 

Availability

The F5® BIG-IP Edge Client and Edge Portal Apps are available for free from the App Store on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch devices or at www.itunes.com/appstore/.

About F5

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 www.f5.com.

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F5, BIG-IP, Edge Client, Edge Portal, Access Policy Manager, Edge Gateway, and FirePass 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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