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F5's VIPRION Application Delivery Controller Achieves Five-Star Rating from Leading IT Publication

VIPRION earns "Editor's Choice" recognition from IT Pro for its reliability, scalability, and performance

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its VIPRION® system has been given a five-star rating and recognized with an "Editor's Choice" award in a review by leading technology website IT Pro (, visited by more than 300,000 IT decision makers each month. F5's VIPRION is an advanced, modular, Application Delivery Controller that delivers the industry's highest on-demand performance, with 36 Gbps of layer 7 throughput, 1 million connections per second, and 200,000 SSL transactions per second.

Renowned U.K. tester Dave Mitchell, who conducted the review, wrote, "As the clear leader in this market, F5 Networks offers an impressive range of solutions and its latest VIPRION aims to move the bar to new heights. VIPRION offers a range of features suited to those looking for levels of resilience, scalability, and performance that standard appliance-based solutions can't deliver."

Additional highlights of VIPRION, as cited in the review, include:

  • VIPRION's unique ability to present a single virtual server with massive resources behind it. As new performance blades are added, they are incorporated into the cluster, enabling a single application to scale easily with demand.
  • Simple installation, as VIPRION not only clustered the blades, but also presented a single virtual IP address for management.
  • F5's iRules enable some interesting features, as they use custom policies to decide how specific traffic should be handled. They can be used to inspect HTTP traffic for data such as credit cards numbers and replace them with hashes.
  • Configuration from the well-designed management interface was simple with the ability to create pools and add physical servers to them as members.
  • Load balancing options that don't get any better.

"We're extremely proud to have VIPRION recognized by such a high profile and respected website as IT Pro," said Owen Cole, F5 Technical Director for the U.K. and Ireland. "To get an Editor's Choice designation in addition to a five-star rating and a glowing review illustrates the value VIPRION brings to customers looking to scale their infrastructures while maintaining essential IT agility. We're pleased that IT Pro has recognized the differentiated features, performance, and utility VIPRION delivers to the market."

VIPRION is a revolutionary bladed system that consolidates networking and security functionality, processing power, load balancing, and application delivery service virtualization into a shared, highly scalable chassis. Released to market in early 2008, VIPRION extends the power of the F5 BIG-IP ® product family, and is an ideal solution for enterprises and service providers seeking to scale their infrastructure while keeping device configuration and management simple. Due to the industry-leading performance of VIPRION, the solution is also ideal for companies seeking to leverage next-generation networking capabilities such as IPTV, VoIP, and other Web 2.0 technologies.

The full review can be viewed at


VIPRION is the industry's first Application Delivery Controller (ADC) that scales seamlessly with an organization's business--without sacrificing manageability or simplicity. VIPRION features top-end ADC performance four times greater than that of any competitive product on the market. Unlike other ADC platforms, performance blades can be added on-demand as network environments and applications require increased processing power. For more information, please 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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability. Over 16,000 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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