Containers Expo Blog Authors: Yeshim Deniz, Elizabeth White, Lori MacVittie, Carmen Gonzalez, Don MacVittie

News Feed Item

F5’s Industry-Leading Application Delivery Systems Add Cloud-Scale Capabilities to Support the Most Demanding Infrastructures

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced enhanced software and hardware offerings across its product portfolio to extend its dominant lead in the market. F5 delivers unprecedented performance and flexibility for today’s most complex and demanding infrastructures, including cloud environments.

F5’s physical and virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) offerings help organizations easily orchestrate, accelerate, and secure the delivery of business-critical applications and network services while driving down costs, as required by today’s agile, adaptive cloud networks. F5’s new platform-based systems are designed around the company’s unique, field-proven intelligent services framework, which gives customers a set of programmable, extensible services for on-demand scalability.

F5 extends its technology leadership with:

  • Unrivaled ADC Processing Power for Enterprises and Service Providers

The new VIPRION® 4800 chassis is built to handle performance levels previously unseen in the industry, applying intelligent services at rates exceeding 20 million layer 7 requests per second and 160 Gbps of SSL bulk throughput (over 4x the nearest competitive offering). With these levels of performance, organizations can effortlessly scale application delivery services within the most demanding clouds and data centers.

  • Enhanced BIG-IP® Virtual Editions with Broad Hypervisor Support

F5’s virtual ADCs now provide up to 3 Gbps of throughput and support a full range of hypervisors and virtualized environments, including Amazon Web Services and VMware vCloud Suite, as well as Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, and KVM/Linux. This gives customers limitless flexibility in leveraging cloud and virtualization technologies to efficiently support their business.

  • Leading ADC Performance at the Entry Level and Above

F5 provides the highest performing entry-level appliances to enable customers to “start light and grow right” with the best price/performance value available for ADCs today. F5 is adding the following products to its BIG-IP hardware lineup:

  • BIG-IP 2000 series, offering advanced functionality and setting the standard as the first entry-level ADC with 10 GbE interfaces
  • BIG-IP 4000s platform, with the 4000 series handling up to 850,000 L7 requests per second for best-in-class performance
  • BIG-IP 10200v platform, with vCMP® capabilities, 40 GbE interfaces, and leading high-end performance


Although point products may solve specific network requirements today, a piecemeal approach to networking increases overall costs, introduces complexity, and imposes unnecessary limitations on scale and capacity. In recent years, the widespread adoption of F5’s ADCs has been driven by the company’s ability to address customers’ current demands and future business needs in parallel.

Designed to provide an intelligent services framework, VIPRION and BIG-IP products enable organizations to efficiently consolidate multiple core network and security functions such as application acceleration, global load balancing, web application firewall, application delivery firewall, and other advanced capabilities. Additionally, F5 technologies like iRules® and iApps® enable teams to fine-tune and auto-instantiate custom layer 4–7 services.

F5’s new ADC offerings provide:

  • Dynamic Use of IT Resources with F5’s Innovative ScaleN Technology

F5’s ScaleN serves as an important element of the company’s unified platform approach. ScaleN is the industry’s only technology that allows an ADC system to scale dramatically, even with core acceleration and security functionality enabled. All other competing products suffer incremental processing penalties when supporting additional features or running multiple services at once.

ScaleN intelligently allocates resources through multi-tenant virtualization and the ability to scale systems up, down, in, and out with complete device flexibility and resilience. This enables organizations to simplify their IT infrastructures, make existing technology investments more efficient, and better support dynamic resource models and cloud initiatives—all while delivering maximum availability and uptime for crucial applications. The F5 ADC products introduced today are all ScaleN-enabled.

  • Deployment Options to Support Physical, Virtual, and Cloud Environments

Traditional practices have called for organizations to build physical data centers using a collection of hardware devices. However, today’s customers are choosing to deploy physical and virtual solutions alongside public and private clouds to dynamically support fluctuating resource needs, improve efficiency, and reduce costs. F5’s offerings enable organizations to select solutions that fit their business priorities and technology requirements, without sacrificing the performance and control that can be essential to their operations. F5’s new products push the boundaries of what the industry can expect from an ADC, raising the standard for other vendors. In addition, F5 has also increased the capabilities of its virtual ADCs, making it easier for customers to combine F5’s application delivery technologies with leading cloud providers like Amazon Web Services.

Supporting Quotes

“We remain focused on offering the most capable physical and virtual ADCs to meet the growing needs of organizations, regardless of which IT and data center architectures they choose to pursue,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO at F5. “With our broad portfolio of solutions, we offer efficient ways for customers to consolidate IT services in-house, as well as high-performance platforms that cloud providers can use to support their clients’ most demanding resource needs. Either way, organizations using F5 will have fewer devices to manage, and at a much lower cost than competitors charge for similar capabilities.”

“Given the recent Cisco news, we were looking to replace our ACE deployment with a solution that would easily scale to keep up with the growth of our business,” said Brantley Peers, Sr. Network Engineer at Arise Virtual Solutions, a leading provider of virtual business process outsourcing and contact center services that has seen its business grow significantly over the past year. “With F5’s advanced ADCs, we can support an increasing volume of web traffic and ensure the application availability our clients require. Looking forward, F5 also gives us a platform to expand availability, access, and security capabilities as needed.”

“In a competitive industry, you need to be able to rapidly scale web services to keep up with demand and consumer preferences,” said Lineu Cabral, IT Infrastructure Manager at ViajaNet, one of the largest online ticketing agencies in Brazil and provider of travel services. “F5’s ADCs provide us with enhanced performance, scalability, and security, including SSL encryption for all online transactions. Since deploying the BIG-IP platform, we’ve been able to forego purchasing additional equipment and reduce the number of servers required to support our business by a third.”

“Recent market events have put an increasing spotlight on the role of the ADC and represent an ideal time for enterprises to rethink their requirements for this portion of the data center,” wrote Mark Fabbi, VP at Gartner, Inc., in a recent report. “The features of advanced ADCs are compelling for those that make an effort to shift their thinking and organizational boundaries. In nearly all cases, the small incremental investment in advanced ADC platforms is easily compensated by reduced requirements for servers and bandwidth, and by the clear improvements in end-user experience and productivity.”1

“With F5’s new 2000 series, we can offer a full-featured ADC to our clients at an entry-level price point, with a scalable platform to support growth,” said Jim Quarantillo, Principal/Owner at GuidePoint Security. “We anticipate significant interest from customers looking for leading availability and traffic management, as well as those planning to add advanced functionality down the road on F5’s unified platform.”


All F5 solutions mentioned in this announcement will be orderable in February 2013. Each of the platforms introduced today supports F5’s ScaleN technology. Please contact a local F5 sales office for availability in specific countries.

Additional Resources

1Gartner, “Load Balancers Are Officially Dead; Refocus on Application Delivery,” Mark Fabbi, November 14, 2012

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework to deliver and protect their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected. Learn more at www.f5.com.

You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technology. For a complete listing of F5 community sites, please visit www.f5.com/news-press-events/web-media/community.html.

F5, VIPRION, BIG-IP, iApps, iRules, Local Traffic Manager, ScaleN, vCMP, and DevCentral 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.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements relating to future events or future financial performance that involve risks and uncertainties. Such statements can be identified by terminology such as "may," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," or "continue," or the negative of such terms or comparable terms. These statements are only predictions and actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these statements based upon a number of factors including those identified in the company's filings with the SEC.

More Stories By Business Wire

Copyright © 2009 Business Wire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of Business Wire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Business Wire. Business Wire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

@ThingsExpo Stories
"Matrix is an ambitious open standard and implementation that's set up to break down the fragmentation problems that exist in IP messaging and VoIP communication," explained John Woolf, Technical Evangelist at Matrix, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at @ThingsExpo, held Nov 4–6, 2014, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Sheng Liang to Keynote at SYS-CON's 19th Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1-3, 2016 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential Internet of Things Brand by Onalytica in the ‘The Internet of Things Landscape 2015: Top 100 Individuals and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed Twitter conversations around the #IoT debate to uncover the most influential brands and individuals driving the conversation. Onalytica captured data from 56,224 users. The PageRank based methodology they use to extract influencers on a particular topic (tweets mentioning #InternetofThings or #IoT in this ...
DevOps is being widely accepted (if not fully adopted) as essential in enterprise IT. But as Enterprise DevOps gains maturity, expands scope, and increases velocity, the need for data-driven decisions across teams becomes more acute. DevOps teams in any modern business must wrangle the ‘digital exhaust’ from the delivery toolchain, "pervasive" and "cognitive" computing, APIs and services, mobile devices and applications, the Internet of Things, and now even blockchain. In this power panel at @...
November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Penta Security is a leading vendor for data security solutions, including its encryption solution, D’Amo. By using FPE technology, D’Amo allows for the implementation of encryption technology to sensitive data fields without modification to schema in the database environment. With businesses having their data become increasingly more complicated in their mission-critical applications (such as ERP, CRM, HRM), continued ...
The IoT has the potential to create a renaissance of manufacturing in the US and elsewhere. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Florent Solt, CTO and chief architect of Netvibes, discussed how the expected exponential increase in the amount of data that will be processed, transported, stored, and accessed means there will be a huge demand for smart technologies to deliver it. Florent Solt is the CTO and chief architect of Netvibes. Prior to joining Netvibes in 2007, he co-founded Rift Technologi...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Streamlyzer will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Streamlyzer is a powerful analytics for video streaming service that enables video streaming providers to monitor and analyze QoE (Quality-of-Experience) from end-user devices in real time.
@ThingsExpo has been named the Top 5 Most Influential M2M Brand by Onalytica in the ‘Machine to Machine: Top 100 Influencers and Brands.' Onalytica analyzed the online debate on M2M by looking at over 85,000 tweets to provide the most influential individuals and brands that drive the discussion. According to Onalytica the "analysis showed a very engaged community with a lot of interactive tweets. The M2M discussion seems to be more fragmented and driven by some of the major brands present in the...
Established in 1998, Calsoft is a leading software product engineering Services Company specializing in Storage, Networking, Virtualization and Cloud business verticals. Calsoft provides End-to-End Product Development, Quality Assurance Sustenance, Solution Engineering and Professional Services expertise to assist customers in achieving their product development and business goals. The company's deep domain knowledge of Storage, Virtualization, Networking and Cloud verticals helps in delivering ...
Explosive growth in connected devices. Enormous amounts of data for collection and analysis. Critical use of data for split-second decision making and actionable information. All three are factors in making the Internet of Things a reality. Yet, any one factor would have an IT organization pondering its infrastructure strategy. How should your organization enhance its IT framework to enable an Internet of Things implementation? In his session at @ThingsExpo, James Kirkland, Red Hat's Chief Arch...
SYS-CON Media announced today that @WebRTCSummit Blog, the largest WebRTC resource in the world, has been launched. @WebRTCSummit Blog offers top articles, news stories, and blog posts from the world's well-known experts and guarantees better exposure for its authors than any other publication. @WebRTCSummit Blog can be bookmarked ▸ Here @WebRTCSummit conference site can be bookmarked ▸ Here
WebRTC defines no default signaling protocol, causing fragmentation between WebRTC silos. SIP and XMPP provide possibilities, but come with considerable complexity and are not designed for use in a web environment. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Matthew Hodgson, technical co-founder of the Matrix.org, discussed how Matrix is a new non-profit Open Source Project that defines both a new HTTP-based standard for VoIP & IM signaling and provides reference implementations.
Virgil consists of an open-source encryption library, which implements Cryptographic Message Syntax (CMS) and Elliptic Curve Integrated Encryption Scheme (ECIES) (including RSA schema), a Key Management API, and a cloud-based Key Management Service (Virgil Keys). The Virgil Keys Service consists of a public key service and a private key escrow service. 

In his keynote at 19th Cloud Expo, Sheng Liang, co-founder and CEO of Rancher Labs, will discuss the technological advances and new business opportunities created by the rapid adoption of containers. With the success of Amazon Web Services (AWS) and various open source technologies used to build private clouds, cloud computing has become an essential component of IT strategy. However, users continue to face challenges in implementing clouds, as older technologies evolve and newer ones like Docke...
In his keynote at 18th Cloud Expo, Andrew Keys, Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise, provided an overview of the evolution of the Internet and the Database and the future of their combination – the Blockchain. Andrew Keys is Co-Founder of ConsenSys Enterprise. He comes to ConsenSys Enterprise with capital markets, technology and entrepreneurial experience. Previously, he worked for UBS investment bank in equities analysis. Later, he was responsible for the creation and distribution of life sett...
You have great SaaS business app ideas. You want to turn your idea quickly into a functional and engaging proof of concept. You need to be able to modify it to meet customers' needs, and you need to deliver a complete and secure SaaS application. How could you achieve all the above and yet avoid unforeseen IT requirements that add unnecessary cost and complexity? You also want your app to be responsive in any device at any time. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Mark Allen, General Manager of...
In the next five to ten years, millions, if not billions of things will become smarter. This smartness goes beyond connected things in our homes like the fridge, thermostat and fancy lighting, and into heavily regulated industries including aerospace, pharmaceutical/medical devices and energy. “Smartness” will embed itself within individual products that are part of our daily lives. We will engage with smart products - learning from them, informing them, and communicating with them. Smart produc...
Just over a week ago I received a long and loud sustained applause for a presentation I delivered at this year’s Cloud Expo in Santa Clara. I was extremely pleased with the turnout and had some very good conversations with many of the attendees. Over the next few days I had many more meaningful conversations and was not only happy with the results but also learned a few new things. Here is everything I learned in those three days distilled into three short points.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Coalfire will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Coalfire is the trusted leader in cybersecurity risk management and compliance services. Coalfire integrates advisory and technical assessments and recommendations to the corporate directors, executives, boards, and IT organizations for global brands and organizations in the technology, cloud, health...
Cloud based infrastructure deployment is becoming more and more appealing to customers, from Fortune 500 companies to SMEs due to its pay-as-you-go model. Enterprise storage vendors are able to reach out to these customers by integrating in cloud based deployments; this needs adaptability and interoperability of the products confirming to cloud standards such as OpenStack, CloudStack, or Azure. As compared to off the shelf commodity storage, enterprise storages by its reliability, high-availabil...