Profile: F5 Networks Inc (FFIV.OQ)
11 Dec 2013
F5 Networks, Inc., incorporated on February 26, 1996, is a provider of Application Delivery Networking (ADN) technology that secures and optimizes the delivery of network-based applications and the security, performance and availability of servers, and other network resources. The Company's principal products are application delivery controllers (ADCs) that include the Company's BIG-IP family of appliances and its line of scalable VIPRION systems. These products are deployed in front of Web and application servers, balancing traffic and performing compute-intensive functions, such as encrypting and un-encrypting transmissions, screening traffic for security threats, maintaining open connections with servers, speeding the flow of traffic, managing access to applications and data and a range of other functions that improve the security, performance, and availability of applications. In February 2012, the Company acquired Traffix Systems.
The Company design integrated software products that run on purpose-built hardware and are also available as virtual (software only) editions. The Company offer solutions that include application security, secure remote access, WAN optimization and access policy management. TMOS Version 11 includes enhancements to iRules, a built-in programming language, that allows customers to create or modify policies that provide direct, granular control. In addition, Version 11 includes several new features and functions to its products, which include iApps and Scale.
iApps is a set of portable, customizable, reusable templates that enable the rapid and predictable deployment of its products in front of more than 20 applications from vendors including Microsoft, Oracle, VMware, Citrix, BEA, and SAP. iApps also allows customers and partners to create templates. Scale is a set of three capabilities that enhance the flexibility of its products includes Clustered Multiprocessing (CMP), which allows customers to cluster and aggregate multiple processors (cores) within a BIG-IP appliance and across blades in its VIPRION chassis products; Virtual Clustered Multiprocessing (vCMP) enables the creation of separate virtual ADCs within an appliance or chassis, each running a separate instance of TMOS with a different configuration and assigned to a different application, and Device Service Clustering (DSC) gives customers the ability to group devices and services across an array of ADCs (appliances, VIPRION chassis, or virtual editions). Devices can be added to or removed from a DSC without disrupting application services, and application services can be independently managed within the cluster. TMOS Version 11 also includes a number of new security features that enhance the ability of its products to protect networks and applications against denial of service attacks and other types of security threats. Other enhancements include centralized management of multiple devices and improved visibility that allows customers to monitor and record the performance of applications and users.
The Company's product modules are available as virtual editions of BIG-IP, designed to run on standard servers and to supplement its hardware products in hybrid environments that utilize both its hardware and software based solutions. All of its purpose-built hardware platforms are designed to enhance the performance of its software. The Company’s offers two lines of ADN products, which include its BIG-IP family of ADCs; and its scalable, chassis-based VIPRION ADCs. Both BIG-IP and VIPRION run TMOS and support all of its product software modules. Products in its family of BIG-IP application delivery controllers differ primarily in their performance characteristics resulting from the hardware components and configurations that make up each system. The Company’s family of BIG-IP appliances includes BIG-IP 1600, BIG-IP 3600, BIG-IP 3900, BIG-IP 6900, BIG-IP 8900, BIG-IP 8950, and BIG-IP 11050.
The Company offers two products in its line of chassis-based application delivery controllers. VIPRION 4480 and VIPRION 2400 both consist of a chassis with slots for one to four blades, each equipped with two dual-core processors. BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM), which is available as a software module on its BIG-IP and VIPRION platforms, is also available as a standalone appliance. BIG-IP Edge Gateway is a remote access product that provides context-aware, policy controlled secure remote access to applications at LAN speed. Edge Gateway is available as a standalone solution on the BIG-IP 1600, 3600, 3900, 6900 and 8900 platforms. Enterprise Manager provides a single, centralized management console for its application delivery controllers. Enterprise Manager is available on three hardware platforms, which include Enterprise Manager 4000, Enterprise Manager 3000, and Enterprise Manager 500. The Traffix Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC) solutions include interoperability of legacy and next-generation networks, mobile and fixed elements, and all third-party vendors.
F5’s data solutions products address many of the problems associated with managing file storage infrastructure. The ARX series includes three products. ARX 500 and ARX 2000 are stand-alone devices that can support up to 600 and 6,000 users, respectively. ARX 4000 is a fixed form-factor device supporting 10 gigabit Ethernet, capable of managing more than 2 billion files, and able to support up to 12,000 users. ARX is also available in a virtual edition.
The Company’s competes with Brocade Communications Systems, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Citrix Systems, Inc., Radware Ltd., A10 Networks, Array Networks, Inc., Barracuda Networks, Inc., Riverbed Technology, EMC Corporation, Blue Coat Systems, Inc., Citrix, Juniper Networks, Inc.
F5 Networks Inc
STE 500, 401 Elliott Avenue West
SEATTLE WA (206) 272-