F5 Networks Announces Application Ready Network For Oracle

KUALA LUMPUR, NOVEMBER 7, 2007: F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the Application Ready Network™ for Oracle. This new iteration of F5’s expanding Application Ready Network (ARN) portfolio helps ensure the successful deployment and delivery of Oracle® applications over the network. The result of methodical testing and research, the ARN for Oracle provides architecture-based, best-practice documentation on how to deploy F5 and Oracle solutions in tandem, helping joint customers unlock the full potential of Oracle applications.

F5’s Application Ready Network for Oracle is a holistic application network architecture and infrastructure designed and optimized specifically for Oracle’s suite of applications such as Oracle Portal, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, and more.

By providing users with application fluency across the data center, LAN, and WAN, the ARN for Oracle provides organizations using Oracle applications with a simplified way to design, deploy, and manage an integrated and optimized network infrastructure from a single vendor.

“F5’s comprehensive approach to application delivery make their solutions a good fit for our customers,” said Jayesh Shah, Vice President Platform Product Management at Oracle. “Through dedicated research and partnership activities, F5 has put together the resources to enable our joint customers to further enhance their Oracle Fusion Middleware and applications investments in terms of security, speed, and overall experience.”

Application-Focused Networking

By mitigating the negative effect of performance factors outside the application’s control—WAN latency, etc.—F5’s ARN for Oracle can improve user experience, augment application security and access control capabilities, and ensure infrastructure scalability. And, by leveraging F5’s unique TMOS™ architecture—a modular, scalable application delivery platform—the ARN for Oracle features application-specific configurations that take advantage of SSL offload, as well as caching and compression capabilities. For deployments with the BIG-IP® WebAccelerator appliance, the ARN for Oracle also includes specialized policies for Oracle Portal, Oracle E-Business Suite, and PeopleSoft.

F5’s Application Ready Network for Oracle enables organizations to benefit from a holistic approach to applications and their performance over the network. Prior to announcing, F5 rigorously tested its technology with Oracle’s to deliver categorical performance gains for Oracle Fusion Middleware (including Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Portal, and Oracle Identity Management infrastructure components), Oracle E-Business Suite 11 & 12, and PeopleSoft 8 & 9. These performance gains include:

  • Less wait time for users – Improved login and application speeds up to 3x, with document download times improved by 20x or more
  • Less hardware costs for enterprises – F5 solutions offload processor-intensive duties, reducing hardware needs by up to 40%
  • Maximized server performance to enable consolidation – ARN best practices can reduce Oracle server utilization and reduce the number of server-side connections by a factor of 20x

“Many of F5’s customers count on Oracle Applications to keep their businesses running,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager for F5 Networks Malaysia. “With the ARN for Oracle, joint customers can be sure that their Application Delivery Networks are not just delivering applications, but optimizing performance and improving end-user experience in the process.”

To read comprehensive application and deployment guides detailing best practices for deploying F5’s application delivery solutions with Oracle applications, and To learn more about F5 and Oracle’s work together, please visit www.f5.com/oracle. For more information on Oracle OpenWorld, please visit www.oracle.com/openworld.