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F5's Newest FirePass Controller Delivers Industry's First Support for Windows Vista Operating System

Unique integration with BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager delivers the global high availability and scalability required for large SSL VPN deployments; New FirePass platform delivers unmatched performance and ROI for large enterprises

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced an enhanced version of its award-winning FirePass® Controller SSL VPN software. The new release provides the SSL VPN market's first support of Microsoft's Windows Vista™ operating system. It also features seamless integration with F5's BIG-IP® Global Traffic Manager (GTM) product to ensure superior performance, scalability and 'always on' access for FirePass users worldwide. In addition, F5 debuted its FirePass 4300 hardware platform for large scale deployments, delivering the best price-performance available for enterprises with up to tens-of-thousands of users.

"Our support for Microsoft's Windows Vista gives our customers the assurance that their F5 investment will serve them far into the future," said Ameet Dhillon, Director of Product Management at F5. "Couple that with the powerful new FirePass platform and integration with F5's unique Global Traffic Manager and enterprises have an easy-to-manage, single-vendor solution that readily accommodates tens of thousands of remote users."

For remote access, F5 continues to be a leading provider of enterprise-class SSL VPN solutions. Unlike IPsec VPNs, which require pre-installed client software and configuration of remote devices, the FirePass SSL VPN solution allows remote users to gain secure access to corporate applications and data via a standard Web browser. And, the FirePass product supports a broad range of client operating systems, including Windows® 2000, XP, Vista, Mac OS X, Linux, and PocketPC.

"The physicians we employ are visitors in hospitals nationwide," said FirePass customer Roie Edery, Information Systems Director at IPC - The Hospitalist Company. "They are not assigned a permanent workstation, but require secure access to patient data and healthcare applications from a variety of client devices and varying operating systems. With FirePass' new Vista support, we look forward to providing our physicians with superior application availability and operational efficiency in a dynamic work environment."

Highlights of the new FirePass product include:

Vista client support - Increased organization productivity by enabling remote users to access applications from a wide-variety of client devices including Windows Vista, XP, 2000, Mac OS X, Linux and PocketPC.

Integration with BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager (GTM) - Ensures high availability and superior performance for global remote access deployments. BIG-IP GTM can dynamically query a FirePass device and re-direct users to another FirePass device in any location, based on the remaining number of concurrent user sessions or CPU load. In addition, customers can use the combined FirePass and BIG-IP GTM solution to ensure business continuity in case of site failures or emergencies.

FirePass 4300 high performance hardware platform - Catering to the needs of large enterprise SSL VPN deployments, the 4300 platform offers the best price-performance, scalability, and high availability for large enterprise SSL VPN deployments. It supports up to 2,000 concurrent users on a single device and ships with built-in redundant power supplies for high availability. Multiple 4300 platforms can be clustered and load balanced using BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager to scale to tens of thousands of concurrent users.


New FirePass software will be available at the end of February and the FirePass 4300 hardware will be available in March. The product ships with built-in support for all access modes (Network access, Application access, Portal access) and endpoint security. Existing F5 customers with current maintenance agreements can take advantage of all the capabilities in the new release of the FirePass product.

About FirePass Controller

F5's FirePass Controller enables enterprises to provide secure remote access to network resources using any web-enabled device and over a range of access networks, regardless of location. With FirePass Controller, organizations benefit from superior performance and scalability, easy management, and the most advanced application security. It also offers the industry's only open Application Programming Interface (API) and Software Developer's Kit (SDK) to reduce the total cost of ownership through increased automation. For more information on FirePass Controller, 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, 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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