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F5 Networks Unveils Strategic SSL Roadmap with Market-Leading Performance Leap

F5 offers the most scalable architecture to spawn SSL products exceeding capacities of 10,000 transactions per second within 9 months
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced its SSL (secure sockets layer) product roadmap, based on the industry's most scalable architecture. F5's roadmap will extend the company's current line of award-winning SSL acceleration products, allowing customers to scale to an unlimited number of transactions per second (TPS). To continue its leadership in the market, F5's SSL roadmap has definitive plans for ultra high performance SSL acceleration products, exceeding design goals of 10,000 TPS (transactions per second), within nine months. F5's best-practices approach of integrating traffic management with SSL enables customers to scale their SSL processing to unparalleled performance. SSL is the industry standard for securing web applications and continues to be a high priority for most enterprises.

"Through our experience and leadership in the SSL acceleration and enterprise networking markets and our careful understanding of customers' business requirements, F5 has been on track in proactively addressing critical market needs," said Jeff Pancottine, Senior Vice-President of Marketing and Business Development at F5 Networks. "For many other vendors competing in the network infrastructure market, SSL acceleration was an afterthought, which has become evident in their inability to truly scale their products in a cost-effective and manageable way. F5's well-thought-out SSL roadmap represents our commitment to customers that our products will have the horsepower and flexibility to support their most demanding web applications, for today and well into the future."

Within the last nine months, F5's SSL products have tripled in capacity, starting at 200 TPS, 600 TPS, and now 800 TPS. As a result of F5's relationship with Broadcom Corporation, the BIG-IP® Controller integrates the Broadcom® BCM5820 e-Commerce processor, rated at 800 TPS. Customers can easily and cost-effectively achieve massively scalable SSL processing power by clustering and load balancing BIG-IP e-Commerce Controllers running the BCM5820 processor. For example, a redundant pair of BIG-IP Controllers load balancing seven BIG-IP e-Commerce Controllers yields well over 5,000 TPS. This approach not only provides customers with unlimited SSL capacity, but also affords them the advantages of BIG-IP's intelligent traffic control for high availability and manageability. Additionally, instead of overbuying 'TPS' performance up front, customers can seamlessly add capacity as they need it.

"With the BCM5820 e-Commerce processor, Broadcom delivers one of the highest performing, integrated SSL processors on the market. The integration of Broadcom's leading-edge security technology within F5's traffic management products offers enterprise customers a competitive advantage," said Marty Colombatto, Vice-President and General Manager of Broadcom's Networking Business Unit. "F5's ability to eliminate traditional constraints on SSL scalability should create tremendous opportunities in this exploding market."

"The SSL market has changed quite significantly over the last twelve months, when SSL support was rarely a top decision criteria for enterprises buying web optimization hardware solutions," said Mark Fabbi, Vice-President and Research Director, Gartner Group. "Today, it is the most significant criteria in 75 percent of the deals that my clients are involved with, which speaks to where the enterprise market is going. With a shift to B-2-B and supply chain management solutions all traffic must be encrypted, which drives the need to deploy solutions that can efficiently terminate SSL traffic."

SSL Drivers in the Enterprise

Enterprises are demanding high-performance SSL acceleration solutions that allow them to efficiently scale and help secure their web applications. For enterprise networks, the trend is clearly moving toward end-to-end encryption for business-critical applications such as extranet/intranet applications, financial services, and email. Efficiently offloading server-draining SSL encryption/decryption from web servers can dramatically improve server performance. Additionally, there is a need in the market for products to conform to specific federal standards, like FIPS (Federal Information Processing) and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Act), for information security. This requirement is built into F5's SSL roadmap and the company intends to be fully compliant.

"The deployment of Microsoft Exchange via the web with SSL is a rapidly growing market within the enterprise," added Pancottine. "BIG-IP is the only load balancer on the market that's capable of handling both the SSL termination and load balancing of this traffic. These types of secure implementations must be able to seamlessly scale and F5 is prepared to meet that challenge with this roadmap."

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry's leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimize Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimize the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. F5 Networks is located on the web at

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