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F5 Offers Superior Performance and Flexibility with New BIG-IP Hardware Platform

Leading provider of Application Delivery Networking continues hardware technology refresh, providing integrated application delivery and acceleration capabilities to a broader range of organizations

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today introduced the BIG-IP® 6900 hardware platform, which expands F5® products' advanced, integrated application delivery capabilities to meet the needs of a broader range of customers, including enterprises, service providers, and Web 2.0 content providers. This announcement builds on the momentum of the recently released entry-level BIG-IP 1600 and 3600 hardware platforms, as well as the high-end VIPRION® Application Delivery Controller (ADC) released in early 2008.

"With the need to reduce costs and simplify operations, enterprises are moving to a few large data centers and consolidating demanding applications onto high-end computing platforms," said Joe Skorupa, research VP at Gartner, Inc. "To succeed in this environment, ADC vendors must enable enterprises to do more with less. They must offer cost effective platforms that reduce the number of ADCs required per data center while offering headroom to support resource-intensive services such as web application firewalls, content transformation, and application-specific acceleration."

With an extensive portfolio of advanced Application Delivery Controller hardware offerings, the industry-leading F5® BIG-IP product family provides enhanced value to the customer through increased performance and integrated functionality at lower price points. In addition, these platforms are designed to give customers more options when it comes to combining ADN functionality (acceleration, high availability, application security, etc.) and tailoring their application delivery environments to meet and adapt to the changing needs of individual organizations.

The BIG-IP 6900 device has two dual-core processors and leverages F5's Clustered Multiprocessing (CMP) technology to achieve superior performance and enable advanced ADC functionality. The new platform enables customers to:

Consolidate their IT infrastructures to cut costs - With high performance hardware that supports up to 6 Gb/s of layer 7 throughput and 25,000 SSL transactions per second, the BIG-IP 6900 platform enables organizations to offload application servers and reduce the number of devices required to support their application delivery environments. Fewer devices means less equipment to manage, as well as significant reductions in the amount of power, space, and cooling required.

Leverage next-generation business applications and social media tools - Unprecedented growth in Internet traffic and data, rich multimedia content, and interactive business applications has put intense pressure on enterprise and service provider networks. Not only do these tools and applications require vast amounts of bandwidth and processing power, but also the application intelligence and flexibility to deliver reliable, rich multimedia services. With over three times the layer 7 and SSL performance of competitive offerings in the same price range, the new BIG-IP 6900 platform enables customers to keep up with this growth and apply the intelligence needed to deliver business-critical applications.

Deploy an integrated, full-featured ADC solution right out of the box - Like the 1600 and 3600, the BIG-IP 6900 platform comes standard with Fast Cache, IPv6 Gateway, Rate Shaping, SSL Offload, and Compression features to help organizations maximize the value of their Application Delivery Controller investment. In addition, these platforms' capabilities can be augmented with BIG-IP modules to enable organizations' application delivery infrastructures to scale and adapt along with business needs.

"Organizations of all sizes and industries are seeing the value of deploying integrated, flexible Application Delivery Controllers that enable them to move their business ahead on their own terms," said Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5. "As the demand for more advanced capabilities and processing power per device continues to expand the role of the ADC, organizations leveraging these devices are better equipped to scale their infrastructures as they grow or as business conditions change. Accordingly, we've seen a terrific response to the entry-level BIG-IP hardware platforms introduced in July, and we look forward to continued success in the mid-range ADC market as well."


The BIG-IP 6900 ADC platform will be available in the fourth quarter of calendar year 2008. For more information on F5's BIG-IP solutions, please visit

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

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