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F5 Releases 2016 ‘State of Application Delivery’ Customer Survey Results

Second annual report outlines how the world’s top companies manage application delivery

SEATTLE – F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV), today released the results of its second annual State of Application Delivery customer survey. Expanded to include feedback from more than 3,000 customers worldwide, this year’s report details how they are delivering applications successfully, how they keep data and users secure, and how hybrid cloud, software-defined networking (SDN), and DevOps are changing IT. In addition, F5 executives will host a series of live panel sessions and a webinar that will offer attendees deeper insights into the data. The first live panel session is on January 28, 2016, and will be hosted by F5’s CTO and EVP of product development, Karl Triebes. Sign up for the panels and webinar, and download the full report at: http://f5.com/SOAD

Survey Highlights

This year’s report goes bigger and broader with input from F5 customers in the Americas (AMER); Europe, the Middle East, and Africa (EMEA); and Asia-Pacific (APAC) regions. A variety of industries are represented, with the widest participation from customers in finance, technology, telecom companies, and government entities. Key takeaways include:

  • Application services are essential and pervasive: Ten or more application services are used by well over half of respondents, who recognize that slow, unresponsive, and unsecured applications can have a substantial negative impact on revenue and operations.
  • Hybrid cloud is the new normal: The vast majority of respondents (81 percent) are moving toward a hybrid cloud environment to leverage the flexibility and potential cost savings it offers, especially for small and mid-sized organizations.
  • Security focus is on protecting users, data, and applications: Security professionals who have the highest level of confidence in their ability to ward off attacks are protecting clients, requests, and responses—the critical points at which data can be easily compromised.
  • DevOps and SDN are key to improving operational efficiency: Because DevOps and SDN enable automation and orchestration, they are both seen as key factors for reducing operating costs and improving time to market.


“Applications are vital to business success. Used by every employee, applications contribute to greater efficiency, lower costs, and increased margins,” said Karl Triebes, CTO and EVP of product development at F5. “Without the correct services to support applications, they won’t be available, secure, or fast enough to meet companies’ needs. The results of this year’s State of Application Delivery survey offer valuable insights into how customers are managing and implementing their application services within dynamic and complex IT environments.”

Additional Resources

The following items are available at: http://f5.com/SOAD

  • Download the full 2016 State of Application Delivery report
  • Summary infographic
  • Register for the free online live panel sessions and webinar

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) provides solutions for an application world. F5 helps organizations seamlessly scale cloud, data center, telecommunications, and software-defined networking (SDN) deployments to successfully deliver applications and services to anyone, anywhere, at any time. F5 solutions broaden the reach of IT through an open, extensible framework and a rich partner ecosystem of leading technology and orchestration vendors. This approach lets customers pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs over time. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to stay ahead of cloud, security, and mobility trends. For more information, go to f5.com.

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