F5 Networks Delivers WANJet On TMOS Solution For High Performance WAN Optimization

KUALA LUMPUR, OCTOBER 30, 2007 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that its WANJet® Wide Area Network (WAN) appliance is now available on F5’s powerful TMOS™ architecture. Integration with TMOS enables customers to implement high performance WAN optimization and acceleration functionality, and builds on F5’s broader Application Delivery Networking (ADN) solution portfolio. Along with the new 5.0 software release, customers now have a TMOS-enabled WANJet hardware platform, WANJet 300, to address branch office-to-data center optimization needs.

F5 is the only networking vendor that has taken a holistic approach to application acceleration, designing its products to work seamlessly with its entire application delivery infrastructure. Now running on the industry-leading TMOS architecture platform, WANJet inherits the benefits of F5’s iControl® open API with the 5.0 release enabling customers, partners, ISVs, and system integrators to develop unique application delivery solutions. As an additional benefit of this integration, WANJet appliances can be easily managed by Enterprise Manager™, F5’s centralized network device management appliance.

“Application design and deployment have not kept pace with today’s network environments. Many homegrown applications were not designed to be deployed in a WAN, or to remote or mobile users,” said Tracy Corbo, Senior Analyst with IDC’s Network Management and Services. “Consequently, some IT organizations may find that their particular needs are not met by out-of-the-box WAN optimization solutions, while solutions that provide open APIs give organizations the flexibility to customize their WAN optimization solutions to meet their specific needs.”

WANJet Solution Highlights

The new WANJet solution enables enterprises to employ WAN optimization as part of their larger Application Delivery Network that bolsters application performance, security, and availability. Highlights of the new software release and WANJet appliance include:

Improved response times and increased throughput. Transparent Data Reduction™ (TDR) is now supported both in RAM and on hard disk with this new release. Hard disk support scales from 150 GB to 300 GB per platform.

  • Increased application throughput.
  • Reduced management costs, improved operational efficiency, and increased network availability.
  • Dramatically improved branch office-to-data center optimization and acceleration.

“F5 views WAN optimization as a crucial element of an effective application delivery solution,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager of F5 Networks Malaysia. “This release of WANJet onto our advanced TMOS architecture platform represents another significant milestone in our ADN strategy and reinforces our commitment to provide a common architecture for all of F5’s application delivery products.”

Availability

The WANJet version 5.0 software and WANJet 300 hardware platform are available now. The new software version is available as a download for existing WANJet installations, so F5 customers with current maintenance agreements and the WANJet 500 hardware platform can take advantage of all the capabilities included in the new release.