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F5 Plays Key Role in Swisscom’s ‘Internet for Schools’ Initiative

Switzerland’s leading Telecoms provider picks VIPRION to achieve throughput and scalability goals

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading telecommunications provider, has implemented F5 solutions to support its nationwide ‘Internet for Schools’ initiative.

The ‘Internet for Schools’ program is aimed at getting every primary and secondary school in Switzerland connected to the internet. Swisscom leads the project in conjunction with federal and local authorities. With a potential user base of 900,000 at more than 5,000 schools, key aspects of the project included stability, performance, and reliability. Flexibility was also important, given differing policies from canton (region) to canton on web content preferences.

The systems house eXecure recommended the F5® BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager running on a mix of hardware platforms, including F5’s carrier-grade VIPRION® chassis and blade system, as the best-in-class solution for these needs.

“This is something of a flagship project, given its extent,” said Martin Theiler, Project Management and Engineering, Swisscom. “Since the implementation was concluded, the system has been running smoothly and is extremely stable. It’s exactly right for our requirements, and we’re particularly impressed with VIPRION’s reliability and scalability, which enables us to increase processing power whenever we need to, simply by adding an extra blade.”

“The system Swisscom, eXecure, and F5 developed is one of Switzerland’s largest centralized web access and security initiatives,” said Rolf Schauder, Regional Director for Central and Eastern Europe at F5. “The ability of F5 devices to interoperate with other security providers to allow for different levels of URL filtering per canton was a particularly noteworthy achievement. The solution we put in place, unique at the time in Switzerland, is applicable to service providers, governing bodies and the like on a global basis.”


VIPRION is the first application delivery controller that scales on demand. This single, powerful controller uses modular performance blades you can add or remove without disrupting your applications. Instead of adding more devices in the network and segmenting applications, you can simply add more power to your existing infrastructure as needed.

About Swisscom

Swisscom is Switzerland’s leading telecoms provider, with 5.6 million mobile customers and around 1.8 million broadband connections. In 2009, the company’s 19,479 employees (full time equivalents) generated revenues of CHF 12 billion. Swisscom has a presence throughout Switzerland and offers a full range of products and services for mobile, landline and IP-based voice and data communication. Massive investments in network infrastructure ensure that this will remain the case in the future. Swisscom is active in one of the most attractive broadband markets in Europe via the Italian provider Fastweb. Swisscom also offers services for IT infrastructure outsourcing as well as the management of communications infrastructures.

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, BIG-IP, and VIPRION 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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