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F5 Helps Government, Financial, and Healthcare Customers Uphold Security Standards with New FIPS Edition of BIG-IP 6900

F5 solution integrates enhanced SSL encryption with market-leading Application Delivery Controller functionality, providing high levels of security for sensitive applications

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced that the F5® BIG-IP® 6900 Application Delivery Controller is now available in a FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) edition. With this FIPS 140-2 Level 2 compliance, the BIG-IP 6900 provides unmatched performance and protection of SSL-encrypted application traffic. By managing FIPS security on the BIG-IP system instead of on each server, organizations are able to save 20-25 percent on compliance costs alone.

"With FIPS Application Delivery Controllers, organizations with stringent security requirements can simplify operations management, encourage consolidation, and reduce the cost of maintaining their infrastructures," said Zeus Kerravala, Sr. Vice President of Enterprise Research at Yankee Group. "By adding FIPS SSL processing to their solution portfolio, F5 enables organizations to be sure they're staying compliant as they scale and optimize their IT systems."

Organizations with very sensitive data-including government, financial, healthcare, and other industries-need high levels of encryption for application traffic to make sure confidential information is not disclosed. FIPS standards are established by the National Institute of Standards and Technology to specify how critical information needs to be secured and encrypted. U.S. government agencies are required by law to use FIPS-compliant products, and many enterprises with high-security needs look to the standard in forming their organizations' best practices.

The BIG-IP 6900 FIPS edition provides enhanced security for SSL by storing, processing, and encrypting both the keys and data in a hardware-secured module. The F5 solution leads the market in FIPS processing with 20,000 transactions per second and 3.6 gigabits per second of bulk encryption. As organizations look to encrypt more traffic and support more users, the BIG-IP 6900 provides the performance and scalability to address growth in a manageable, cost-effective way.

"F5's FIPS solutions meet the higher levels of security standards required by government agencies, financial services, and healthcare organizations by integrating a tamper-resistant, key protection module, and sophisticated key management capabilities," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "The BIG-IP 6900 delivers superior performance and flexibility, enabling customers to build a forward-looking, agile infrastructure and provide application delivery services on a unified platform."

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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 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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