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F5 Expands Management Portfolio with New Monitoring Capabilities to Provide Insight and Capacity Planning for Application Delivery Networks

Enhanced Enterprise Manager software ensures optimized application performance and traffic management, lowering the cost of managing a dynamic infrastructure

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced a new version of F5® Enterprise Manager™ software to provide customers with improved management, automation, and network health monitoring capabilities for their Application Delivery Networks. The enhanced solution offers F5 customers additional visibility into their network infrastructures to ensure optimized application performance and superior end-user experience.

"Automation is the key to scaling operations and maintaining service delivery performance without adding admins-or drowning the ones you have under network and application demands," said John Burke, principal research analyst, Nemertes Research. "Along with automation, application-fluent management capabilities help IT manage more systems, deliver more services in better alignment with the needs of users, and thrive in a dynamic environment without constantly requiring more staff, more boxes, and more bandwidth."

As a centralized management appliance for F5 BIG-IP® devices, Enterprise Manager enhances IT agility by combining simplified configuration management and performance monitoring in a single solution. By reducing management complexity, Enterprise Manager enables organizations to optimize their Application Delivery Networks and decrease the time spent performing redundant tasks and managing multiple devices.

The newly enhanced Enterprise Manager solution enables customers to:

  • Reduce TCO through Automated Management of IT Infrastructure. Enterprise Manager provides real-time status for an organization's F5 application delivery devices in a single interface. By giving IT administrators the ability to automate common operational tasks such as configuration and certificate management, software updates, and policy control, Enterprise Manager helps customers decrease total cost of ownership (TCO) and operating expenses.
  • Ensure Rapid Response for Continuously Optimized Application Performance. Through advanced performance and device health monitoring, Enterprise Manager delivers an up-to-date, comprehensive view of traffic and device performance. Enterprise Manager enables administrators to set thresholds and alerts for Application Delivery Networks so IT staff can quickly react in the face of changing network conditions and end-user demands.
  • Improve Budgeting and Forecasting by Understanding Future Needs. With more than 160 customizable metrics capturing historical data from BIG-IP devices, Enterprise Manager provides complete visibility into customers' Application Delivery Networks over time. By analyzing this performance data for trending and forecasting, administrators can better plan and budget future virtualization, optimization, and consolidation efforts.

"The largest global enterprises, service providers, and web content providers have standardized on F5's Application Delivery Networking solutions to ensure their infrastructure meets growth and complex application demands," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "We continue to help businesses cut costs while making their networks more agile and scalable. The new Enterprise Manager release delivers unmatched visibility into historical network and application performance metrics across an F5 infrastructure. For our customers, this translates into dramatically simplified capacity planning, troubleshooting, and proactive application reporting capabilities to help executives and IT teams make strategic improvements to drive their business forward."

Availability

The new version of Enterprise Manager will be available as a software download for the Enterprise Manager 3000 platform. It will be available at the end of this month at no additional cost. For more information, please visit www.f5.com/products/enterprise-manager/.

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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture optimizes applications, delivers application reliability, and protects the application and network. Enterprise organizations, service providers and Web 2.0 content providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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