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F5's New BIG-IP 3900 Platform Enables Mid-Sized Enterprises to Consolidate IT Infrastructure and Deploy Flexible Application Services

New system supports multiple software modules and enables mid-sized organizations to cost-effectively integrate advanced functionality into their application delivery infrastructures and maximize IT agility

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today introduced the F5® BIG-IP® 3900 hardware platform. The BIG-IP 3900 extends F5's award-winning solution portfolio. It delivers increased performance to unify application delivery services on a single device at a lower price point, providing greater ROI for mid-sized organizations.

Key Facts

  • The BIG-IP 3900 unifies traffic management, web application firewall security, and application acceleration to optimize the end-user experience, simplify device management, and provide improved flexibility and deployment options for customers.
  • The BIG-IP 3900 is the first 1U (one rack unit) Application Delivery Controller platform from F5 that supports multiple product modules, allowing mid-sized organizations to cost-effectively build a comprehensive application delivery network. The new platform supports BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™, Global Traffic Manager™, Application Security Manager™, WebAccelerator™, and Link Controller™.
  • Because multiple software modules can be added to the device, the 3900 platform enables organizations to effectively configure their application delivery infrastructure to meet the changing needs of their business. The platform's ability to bring together disparate application services also makes it an ideal solution for organizations looking to consolidate their application delivery infrastructure and reduce power, space, and cooling costs.
  • The 3900 is a sensible entry point for those seeking to unify application traffic management, security, and optimization services, but do not have high throughput demands that would require a more substantial hardware investment.
  • The BIG-IP 3900's quad-core processor architecture leverages F5's Clustered Multiprocessing technology, giving mid-sized customers the performance needed to support a unified, resource-efficient application delivery solution.
  • The 3900 comes standard with Fast Cache, IPv6 Gateway, Rate Shaping, SSL Offload, and Compression functionality. This suite of features allows organizations to improve their application performance and offload servers while increasing availability and scalability.
  • Availability is planned for August 2009.

Supporting Quotes

"Application Delivery Controllers have become an essential part of the IT infrastructure. With hardware platforms like the BIG-IP 3900, organizations can aggregate advanced application services-including acceleration, security, and optimization-as part of a cost-effective, cohesive application delivery infrastructure. F5's flexible ADC deployment options enable organizations to implement a consolidated system that supports their unique business goals and service requirements, and provides a seamless path for adding more sophisticated services as companies' application delivery needs evolve."

Jon Oltsik, Principal Analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group

"Every business has different needs when it comes to application delivery. Over the last year, F5 has refreshed its full range of BIG-IP hardware offerings to give our customers more options in choosing a platform that provides the performance needed for their business at a low price point. Combined with F5's unique, customizable iRules™ scripting and open API iControl ® capabilities, we're able to offer customers better technology and a better value, as well as the flexibility they need to align IT efforts with their overall business goals."

Jason Needham, Sr. Director of Product Management at F5

About F5

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, Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, Application Security Manager, WebAccelerator, Link Controller, iRules, and iControl 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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