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F5's New Application Ready Network Enhances Network Performance for SAP Solutions

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced an Application Ready Network for SAP® solutions that use the SAP NetWeaver® platform and an enterprise service-oriented architecture (enterprise SOA). With the architecture and best practices created by F5, IT departments can be confident that networks delivering SAP applications are always secure, fast and available.

"Many of the world's largest enterprises rely on SAP applications to keep their businesses optimized," said Dan Matte, SVP of Marketing at F5. "To help maximize customers' investments, our focus is to deliver a road-tested architecture supported by well-documented best practices for deploying solutions from F5 and SAP. With the Application Ready Network designed for SAP applications, we are furthering our commitment to help enterprises enhance productivity and achieve the highest optimizations possible to ensure the successful delivery of applications."

"Because of F5's ability to integrate many network services onto one platform, SAP applications running on the Application Ready Network gain increased security, versatile access control, and enhanced network performance for enterprises with distributed data centers and users requiring access across the WAN," said Joerg Nalik, Ph.D., Director, Partner Solution Management, SAP Labs. "In collaboration with SAP, F5 showed demonstrable benefits in support of SAP's vision for enterprise SOA in our Enterprise Services Community Networking Lab (ENL), proving real value to customers using solutions from F5 and SAP in a true production-like environment."

The methodology behind F5's new Application Ready Network is the result of extensive and rigorous testing in SAP's ENL. The Application Ready Network has been developed not only for existing customers wishing to optimize their network for application delivery, but also for prospective customers who want to ensure the ideal network configuration and deployment for SAP applications. The documented network and methodology can also help facilitate coordination between an IT department's application and networking teams, who can realize increased ROI together by streamlining their application delivery networks.

Below is an example of the performance gains the Application Ready Network provides for customers using solutions from F5 and SAP:

  • Shorter Wait Times for End Users
    F5 cut login time for remote WAN users of the SAP NetWeaver Portal by almost 75 percent
  • Increased Efficiency and ROI for IT Departments
    F5 can reduce SAP solution-based server CPU utilization by up to 44 percent and provide a 20x reduction in the number of SAP solution-based server-side connections
  • Faster Document Downloads
    F5 facilitated secure document downloads 4.5x faster for DSL users and by as much as 40x faster for high-bandwidth, high-latency connections. With the WAN link experiencing 1 percent packet loss, performance gains with F5 were shown to reach 175x

"Application performance can be negatively impacted by any number of factors, including bandwidth constraints, high latency, and many other issues outside an application's control," said Yvonne Genovese, VP Distinguished Analyst, Gartner, Inc. "To achieve agreeable performance levels, application characteristics must be understood from a network point of view. In addition, enterprises should understand that 'people' and 'processes' have a huge bearing on whether or not an application rollout is successful, so best practice guidelines are critical to support the technologies being deployed."

Learn more about F5's new Application Ready Network for use with SAP solutions for a comprehensive description, and guide detailing how to deploy F5's BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager with SAP NetWeaver and enterprise SOA.


F5's Application Ready Network for use with SAP solutions is available today, and F5 will continue expanding its suite of best practices to achieve optimum network performance for SAP solutions. In addition, F5 will continue to design and develop Application Ready Network designs for other application vendors (as well as expand the previously announced design in support of Microsoft) to further demonstrate the benefits and flexibility of F5's unique Application Delivery Networking technologies to a growing number of enterprises.

About SAP's ENL

Testing was conducted by SAP's Enterprise Services Community (ES Community), of which F5 is a founding member. The ES Community created the ENL, a controlled lab environment for the testing of networking products in a production-grade enterprise SOA environment. The ENL is based on the SAP Discovery Server, a collection of common business scenarios, in the form of composite applications. HP LoadRunner virtual user sessions executed the predefined workflows and a Shunra WAN Emulator allowed network quality to be varied for each test.

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, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service 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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