f5 networks inc (FFIV) Key Developments
F5 Networks, Inc. Announces an Addition to its VIPRION Product Line
Apr 17 14
F5 Networks announced an addition to its VIPRION(R) product line. The new two-slot VIPRION 2200 chassis combines the capabilities of F5's ScaleN(TM) and Clustered Multiprocessing(TM) to address all aspects of performance and scalability for organizations' vital application services. With F5's VIPRION offerings, customers report the ability to consolidate services and reduce costs even while supporting growth. The new offering is ideal for midrange customers looking for the on-demand scalability of VIPRION but have rack space constraints--or related concerns such as power/cooling requirements--that require an appliance footprint. Providing unmatched performance in a 2U form factor, the VIPRION 2200 brings true pay-as-you-grow performance within reach for organizations seeking to bolster their infrastructures without sacrificing future flexibility. With the option of adding an extra blade to increase performance, the device offers easy scalability with no operational disruption. Customers can simply add more capacity as business needs grow. The VIPRION 2200 chassis is also designed to take advantage of F5's unified offerings, including: iRules(R) for enhanced programmability; iApps(R) for streamlined application deployments; iHealth(R) for valuable diagnostic, monitoring, and analytics information; Good, Better, Best tiered pricing models to consolidate services and go beyond load balancing; Community resources on DevCentral(TM) that further extend the capabilities of F5 solutions. Delivering Unmatched Performance and Scalability in its Class. VIPRION 2200 offers the application delivery capabilities that matter most to enterprises with high-traffic, mission critical web applications, including: 160 G of L7 throughput and 4 million L7 requests per second (RPS); 72 Gbps of SSL bulk crypto throughput -- 2x the closest competitor; 80 Gbps of hardware compression -- 5x the closest competitor; Accelerated hardware DDoS protection against over 50 attacks; Up to 40 high performance virtual BIG-IP(R) guests (and up to 1280 instances in a 32-device cluster) with compelling price-per-instance savings over other appliance offerings.
F5 Networks, Inc. Approves Amendments to its Articles of Incorporation
Apr 15 14
On April 11, 2014, the Board of Directors of F5 Networks, Inc. approved the adoption of the company's fourth amended and restated Bylaws.
With respect to annual shareholder meetings, the Amended and Restated Bylaws expand the provisions relating to shareholder nominations of persons for election to the Board of Directors and shareholder proposals of other business for such meetings to provide that: A shareholder's notice to the company with respect to director nominations shall set forth, as to each person whom the shareholder proposes to nominate, such person's name, age, address, principal occupation or employment, the class and number of shares held of record or beneficially owned and any derivatives positions held or beneficially held by such nominee, a description of any arrangements, the effect or intent of which is to create or mitigate loss to, manage risk or benefit of share price changes for, or increase or decrease the voting power of, any such nominee with respect to the company's securities, all arrangements between the shareholder and each nominee and any other person pursuant to which the nominations are to be made by the shareholder, and any other information that would be required to be disclosed if proxies were being solicited for the election of the nominee as a director or that is otherwise required pursuant to Regulation 14A.
Westcon Group Extends its Global Distribution Agreement with F5 Networks
Apr 7 14
Westcon Group announced it has extended its global distribution agreement with F5 Networks to include the Middle East region. According to the distributor, F5 Networks' complete application delivery networking portfolio will be made available to Westcon reseller partners across the Middle East region, effective immediately. F5 Networks said the expanded Westcon authority to distribute its products in many new countries will ensure a comprehensive sales engagement process for F5's channel and better addresses global needs with new programmes and streamlined procedures.
BOWEN Selects F5 Networks, Inc.'s F5 BIG-IP Solution to Consolidate, Secure, and Scale Employee Services
Mar 27 14
F5 Networks, Inc. announced that BOWEN has chosen an F5 BIG-IP solution to expand its security and traffic management capabilities. The new deployment, managed by F5 partner Agilisys, enables BOWEN to streamline its IT operations while providing the levels of application security and performance to more than 3,000 contingent workers and companies across Western Canada. To provide mobile access to its web-based applications along with the level of security needed to host them in house, BOWEN replaced its aging firewall solution with F5 BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager and F5 BIG-IP Application Security Manager. These solutions, together with BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager are part of a unified platform, so BOWEN can easily manage the entire solution through a single management interface. As a result, BOWEN has also been able to create efficiencies by consolidating multiple vendors and thereby cutting IT costs.
F5 Networks Announces New Offerings of Web and Fraud Protection Services
Feb 25 14
F5 Networks announced two new offerings. F5(R) Secure Web Gateway Services enables enterprises to defend against potential malware threats encountered by employees who regularly access web pages and use web-based applications, Software as a Service (SaaS) applications, and social media sites. With this solution, enterprises can consolidate their security infrastructures and better enforce policy and regulatory requirements. Complementing this solution is F5's Web Fraud Protection reference architecture, which helps enterprises protect their users and customers from web-based and mobile threats, regardless of the type of device or browser they use or the location from which they access the Internet and web-based applications. Together, these solutions help enterprises protect against advanced persistent web threats, ensure policy compliance, and improve employee productivity. These latest security-focused offerings add to F5's growing repertoire of Software Defined Application Services(TM) (SDAS(TM)), designed to help customers deploy applications safely and reliably in any IT environment. In November 2013, as part of its F5 Synthesis(TM) vision, F5 announced the DDoS Protection reference architecture to help enterprises ensure network and application availability, and the Cloud Federation reference architecture to enable enterprises to safely use SaaS applications. secure web gateway services highlights are enterprises are more vulnerable to web-based malware as employees increasingly use the corporate network to access web- and cloud-based tools, SaaS applications, and social media sites. Those that grant employees unrestricted Internet access face potential challenges of declining productivity, Internet abuse, and bandwidth saturation due to unnecessary use of network resources. F5's Secure Web Gateway Services solves these challenges by ensuring that employees are accessing the Internet in ways that enhance their productivity and, at the same time, protect the enterprise from potential liability and web-based threats. The solution is unique in that it integrates secure web gateway capabilities with other access services such as SSL VPN, identity federation, VDI access proxies, and web access management. As a result, F5 customers can configure and enforce context- and content-aware application access policies for inbound and outbound traffic on a single platform, reducing the number of appliances in the network. While other vendors' solutions often require customers to deploy multiple appliances that provide only a fraction of the desired performance, F5's Secure Web Gateway Services delivers superior price/performance and can reduce a customer's total cost of ownership by as much as 67% over competitive offerings. Additional differentiators of F5 Secure Web Gateway Services are combines the most scalable access gateway with the most effective real-time web threat intelligence Identifies and authenticates users and assesses risk based on full user-application context. Inspects endpoints before allowing users to connect to the Internet and after users have connected. Enables configuration of both inbound and outbound user access policies and extends visibility and control, even when users access SaaS applications through SAML assertions. Supports single sign-on (SSO), enabling authenticated users to connect to other authorized web and SaaS applications. web fraud protection solution highlights are enterprises must not only protect their networks, applications, and data, they must protect their customers, too. Customers of companies with public-facing web properties and services--particularly banks and financial institutions, e-commerce companies, and social media sites--are increasingly vulnerable to malware and phishing attacks designed to steal identity, data, and money. F5's Web Fraud Protection reference architecture comprises F5 MobileSafe(TM) and F5 WebSafe(TM). While MobileSafe provides fraud protection for mobile devices and applications, WebSafe enables enterprises to protect their customers from online-based threats such as credentials theft, automated fraudulent transactions, and phishing attacks. WebSafe is distinct from competitors' offerings because it is the only clientless solution that can transparently inspect the endpoint, detect malware activity, and provide protection from it. A subscription-based solution, WebSafe also features 24x7x365 support provided by F5's Security Operations Center (SOC), acquired as part of F5's purchase of Versafe in September 2013. Since then, the SOC, which conducts advanced security research, has released key threat intelligence data regarding zero-day vulnerabilities and the latest fraud, phishing, and malware attacks. As part of the WebSafe offering, the SOC monitors attacks in real time, notifies customers of threats, and if necessary, can shut down phishing sites. F5's Web Fraud Protection solution provides an on-premises and cloud alert system, transparently protects users on any device, any browser detects and can shut down phishing sites, encrypts logins and web transactions in real time, distinguishes between human-generated and automated (fraudulent) transactions. F5 Secure Web Gateway Services and the F5 Web Fraud Protection reference architecture are both available.