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NTT Communications Expands Its Managed Service Offering with F5 Networks' FirePass SSL VPN Product

Leading Japanese service provider selects F5's secure remote access solution for its product maturity, Japanese language support and excellent operational stability

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Traffic Management, today announced that the company's award-winning FirePass® product has been selected by NTT Communications (NTT Com) for its service infrastructure 'Secure Smart Access' offering. NTT Com's managed service offering now provides an easy-to-use remote access solution using F5's SSL VPN (Secure Sockets Layer Virtual Private Network) technology. The solution gives NTT Com's customers reliable, secure access and granular control over corporate network resources.

"FirePass provides highly reliable VLAN features and group policy management features that enable us to deliver a secure shared service," said Mr. Jun Takahashi, Sr. Manager, Business Infrastructure Services Department at NTT Communications. "We anticipate a significant increase in users of this service, with the scalability and security features of FirePass able to successfully support our business growth."

"F5 has established itself as a trusted and valued partner in Japan because we have been focused on meeting key criteria required by the Japanese market, particularly for carriers and service providers," said Tim Goodwin, Vice President of F5 Networks Japan K.K. "Critical market needs are reflected in our product development efforts such as mobile support and joint solutions with leading authentication vendors. We're pleased that NTT Com recognizes F5's proven track record, commitment and ability to support the high expectations and priorities of their customers."

NTT Com selected F5's FirePass product based upon the following key criteria:

  • Maturity and performance of the FirePass product, including complete support for Japanese language
  • Proven and tested high reliability and stability
  • A user group management feature for offering comprehensive shared services
  • F5's well established brand image and growing customer base, including the Japan SSL VPN market

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 the FirePass product, organizations benefit from superior performance and scalability, easy management, and the most advanced application security. The product also provides superior end-point security to protect enterprises from viruses and attacks. For more information on the FirePass Controller, visit

About F5 Networks

F5 enables organizations to successfully deliver business-critical applications and gives them the greatest level of agility to stay ahead of growing business demands. As the pioneer and global leader in Application Traffic Management, F5 continues to lead the industry by driving more intelligence into the network to deliver advanced application agility. F5 products ensure the secure and optimized delivery of applications to any user - anywhere. Through its flexible and cohesive architecture, F5 delivers unmatched value by dramatically improving the way organizations serve their employees, customers and constituents, while lowering operational costs. Over 9,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their businesses running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide. For more information go to

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