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F5 Networks Eliminates the Need for IPSec VPNs for Secure Remote Access

F5's FirePass Controller, the most comprehensive clientless SSL VPN product, offers the definitive solution for secure remote access

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of secure Application Traffic Management products, today announced the new FirePass™ Controller, the industry's most comprehensive clientless solution for delivering secure and reliable remote access to corporate and desktop resources and applications. This latest version of the FirePass Controller opens up new ways to deliver applications to employees and partners and eliminates the complexity, costly client support burden, and end-user frustration caused by IPSec VPN solutions. The FirePass Controller is the first product to market based upon F5's acquisition of uRoam and includes several industry firsts, keeping in line with the F5 tradition of market leading innovation. With the FirePass product complementing F5's line of traffic management offerings, customers can rely on F5 for a single-vendor SSL VPN solution that offers the best in security, breadth of application access, and reliability.

"Marquette General Health System encompasses numerous primary and specialty care physician offices, home health services, and an assisted living facility," said Greg Gagnon, Supervisor of Enterprise System & Services at Marquette General Health System. "We need to offer secure remote access to users across these entities, including the radiologists that require access to images remotely using a simple, browser-based, access to the network and others that need access to our Lotus Notes database. Our physicians also have access to knowledge based systems remotely. FirePass enables us to do this very cost-effectively and efficiently because it requires little support overhead and no modifications to network resources, user remote devices, or the network architecture."

F5's clientless SSL VPN solution offers a combination of new and unique capabilities, including:

Best security and network control. Through FirePass Controller's Dynamic Policy Engine, an industry first, administrators can automatically and dynamically authorize access to applications based on the user and device being used. The newest FirePass software release builds upon its powerful Dynamic Policy Engine to improve security in several ways. For kiosk users, the FirePass solution protects against inadvertent security breaches by wiping out then deleting temp/cache files to remove any sensitive data on the device. For laptop users, the FirePass solution validates client integrity by regularly checking for active firewall, virus scan, and other client security programs. In addition, the FirePass Controller prevents against malicious or inadvertent application layer attacks, eliminating partner-to-partner intrusion and exploits. No other SSL VPN on the market has this level of advanced application security.

Broadest application access. The FirePass Controller offers the broadest support for application access, with complete support for Web hosts, terminal servers, client-server applications, legacy hosts, mobile devices, and Windows desktop - without pre-installed client software or application updates. Now, FirePass Controller has been extended to include clientless access to UNIX/Linux systems running X-Windows applications, making it easy for administrators to remotely access servers in the network.

Most reliable SSL VPN. F5 is the only vendor that delivers a secure remote access solution for small to large global enterprises, with built-in reliability, scalability and high performance. As experts in high availability and SSL security, F5's Application Traffic Management products complement the FirePass Controller's access security with application-layer protection. With F5's best practices support for reliability and scalability, businesses that need to control and secure application traffic from client to back-end can depend on F5 for a complete solution.

"F5's entry into the SSL VPN market enables F5 to address the application access requirements of tethered and un-tethered end-users," said Lucinda Borovick, Director, Data Center Networks, IDC. "As an SSL solution, the FirePass product is strong. With support for a full range of enterprise applications, such as host access and client-server applications, FirePass can solve a wide variety of enterprise datacenter concerns."

"In less than 90 days from our acquisition of uRoam, F5 has enhanced and is delivering the industry's most comprehensive and integrated SSL VPN solution, which is fully supported by F5 and available through F5's global channel," said Dan Matte, Vice-President of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5 Networks. "F5 has sustained its leadership in SSL security and has a proven track record of developing innovative products that drive down customers' total cost of ownership through flexible consolidation of features. Bringing FirePass into F5's solution portfolio makes a lot of sense to our customers who can now turn to a single vendor for robust, end-to-end security between the client and server."

Pricing and Availability

The FirePass Controller is available today, with the base price starting at under US$10,000. Contact your F5 sales representative or channel reseller for more details on pricing and configuration information. For more background information, an educational white paper on Enterprise Remote Access is available at

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks keeps IP-based traffic flowing and business information always available to any user from any device, anywhere in the world. Our products ensure secure and reliable access to servers and the applications that run on them. F5 also provide tools to automate communications between applications and the network, eliminating tedious, manual processes.

As the pioneers of intelligent load balancing, F5's continued innovations help businesses optimize and protect their IT investments. Our mission is to ensure the availability, scalability, performance, and security of IT resources that enterprises require to successfully do business. Over 6,000 enterprises and service providers rely on F5 solutions to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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