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F5 Networks Announces Application Ready Network for Oracle

F5's application delivery technologies and best practices help ensure optimized Oracle application and technology performance

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the Application Ready Network™ for Oracle. This new iteration of F5's expanding Application Ready Network (ARN) portfolio helps ensure the successful deployment and delivery of Oracle® applications over the network. The result of methodical testing and research, the ARN for Oracle provides architecture-based, best-practice documentation on how to deploy F5 and Oracle solutions in tandem, helping joint customers unlock the full potential of Oracle applications.

F5's Application Ready Network for Oracle is a holistic application network architecture and infrastructure designed and optimized specifically for Oracle's suite of applications such as Oracle Portal, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's PeopleSoft, and more. By providing users with application fluency across the data center, LAN, and WAN, the ARN for Oracle provides organizations using Oracle applications with a simplified way to design, deploy, and manage an integrated and optimized network infrastructure from a single vendor. F5's unique Application Delivery Network has been specially architected, configured, tested, and documented to help ensure the successful delivery of Oracle applications.

"F5's comprehensive approach to application delivery make their solutions a good fit for our customers," said Jayesh Shah, Vice President Platform Product Management at Oracle. "Through dedicated research and partnership activities, F5 has put together the resources to enable our joint customers to further enhance their Oracle Fusion Middleware and applications investments in terms of security, speed, and overall experience."

Application-Focused Networking

By mitigating the negative effect of performance factors outside the application's control-WAN latency, etc.-F5's ARN for Oracle can improve user experience, augment application security and access control capabilities, and ensure infrastructure scalability. And, by leveraging F5's unique TMOS™ architecture-a modular, scalable application delivery platform-the ARN for Oracle features application-specific configurations that take advantage of SSL offload, as well as caching and compression capabilities. For deployments with the BIG-IP® WebAccelerator appliance, the ARN for Oracle also includes specialized policies for Oracle Portal, Oracle E-Business Suite, and PeopleSoft.

F5's Application Ready Network for Oracle enables organizations to benefit from a holistic approach to applications and their performance over the network. Prior to announcing, F5 rigorously tested its technology with Oracle's to deliver categorical performance gains for Oracle Fusion Middleware (including Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Portal, and Oracle Identity Management infrastructure components), Oracle E-Business Suite 11 & 12, and PeopleSoft 8 & 9. These performance gains include:

  • Less wait time for users - Improved login and application speeds up to 3x, with document download times improved by 20x or more
  • Less hardware costs for enterprises - F5 solutions offload processor-intensive duties, reducing hardware needs by up to 40%
  • Maximized server performance to enable consolidation - ARN best practices can reduce Oracle server utilization and reduce the number of server-side connections by a factor of 20x

"Many of F5's customers count on Oracle Applications to keep their businesses running," said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. "With the ARN for Oracle, joint customers can be sure that their Application Delivery Networks are not just delivering applications, but optimizing performance and improving end-user experience in the process."

To read comprehensive application and deployment guides detailing best practices for deploying F5's application delivery solutions with Oracle applications, and to learn more about F5 and Oracle's work together, please visit www.f5.com/oracle. You can also learn more about F5's Application Ready Network at Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, November 11-15. For more information on Oracle OpenWorld, please visit www.oracle.com/openworld.

F5 is also a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Availability

F5's Application Ready Network for Oracle is available today, and F5 will continue expanding its suite of best practices to achieve optimum network performance for Oracle solutions. In addition, F5 will continue to design and develop Application Ready Network designs for other application vendors (as well as expand the previously announced designs in support of Microsoft and SAP) to further demonstrate the benefits and flexibility of F5's unique Application Delivery Networking technologies to a growing number of enterprises.

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 19,500 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle's premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today's global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle's position as the world's largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels. More information can be found at http://oraclepartnernetwork.oracle.com.

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 www.f5.com.

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

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