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F5 Boasts Industry’s First On-Demand Application Delivery Controller

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced a new modular, bladed chassis hardware system, VIPRION. It is the industrys first Application Delivery Controller (ADC) that scales seamlessly with an organizations business without sacrificing manageability or simplicity. VIPRION enables organizations to deploy a flexible Application Delivery Network (ADN) right out of the box. Deploy the solution with one or two blades today, and as the infrastructure grows, VIPRION will grow with it. One blade or four, VIPRION looks like one device to users, applications, and administrators, which allows organizations to scale their infrastructure while keeping management costs fixed.

With VIPRION, F5 is expanding its high-end ADC platform offerings to complement the award-winning BIG-IP® product family. No other ADC solution on the market can match VIPRIONs on-demand scalability and performance. With 36G of L7 throughput and 200,000 SSL transactions per second, VIPRION has a top-end performance 4 times greater than that of any competitive product on the market.

When it comes to scaling and securing application delivery infrastructure, there can be too many moving parts to perform critical tasks efficiently and effectively, said Jon Oltsik, Senior Analyst at the Enterprise Strategy Group. As a result of this situation, many organizations have no choice but to keep chipping in new technology and human resources on a piecemeal basis, but this strategy is expensive and results in diminishing returns over time. With VIPRION, F5 is addressing these limitations by consolidating security and networking functionality, processing power, load balancing, and application delivery service virtualization into a shared, highly scalable chassis. VIPRION delivers a significant advancement, creating a new supercomputer ADC category that few other vendors will be able to match.

With VIPRION, enterprise customers and service providers can roll out a complete application-fluent infrastructure that is simpler to deploy and manage. Extra performance and processing power can be added at any time without disruption, providing the scalability to allow an organization to develop a sustainable growth strategy for their ADN.

The new VIPRION system enables customers to:

Increase capacity without disruption. Unlike other vendors blade and chassis components, VIPRION remains an integrated network device regardless of additional blades. This integration and device flexibility produces unparalleled manageability, as infrastructure simplification provides organizations with greater network reliability and control over operational costs. As enterprises require more processing power, whether for L7 processing, SSL, compression, etc., they can simply add another blade to an existing unit rather than deploy a separate device.

Achieve ultimate reliability. VIPRION offers two tiered availability at the blade level and chassis level. Because of VIPRIONs unique architecture, neither upgrades to capacity nor individual hardware component failures affect the delivery of applications. In a VIPRION system with multiple blades, if a blade fails, the others in the chassis can take over processing traffic with no disruption. Similarly, a single blade can be manually taken offline and removed without disruption.

Leverage the intelligence of TMOS. TMOSTM, F5s full proxy, pluggable architecture, enables VIPRION to comprehensively manage application traffic on the wire. The iRulesTM scripting language and iControl® API built into TMOS provide the ultimate flexibility for application fluency and management. VIPRIONs processing power and integration capabilities will allow it to fully leverage all of the features and benefits of TMOS, including the addition of modules to provide security, access control, acceleration, WAN optimization, etc.

Access power on-demand. VIPRION uses F5s Clustered Multiprocessing (CMP) technology across its blades to form a virtual processing fabric utilizing all the available CPUs in the system. VIPRION is able to apply more processing power as CPUs are added with no configuration changes required.

Its an exciting time for application architects with many development teams working on exposing services in SOA architectures or integration projects with SOA-enabled applications like Office 2007, said Karl Triebes, CTO and SVP of Product Development at F5. The onset of these composite applications and Web 2.0 technologies like AJAX, however, has far-reaching consequences in terms of application performance and security. VIPRION gives organizations the ability to react quickly to changing application needs and transparently scale their network to support these applications, without the associated hefty operational expenses.

Applications continue to evolve to incorporate more robust user interactions that include real-time communications capabilities like voice over IP, presence, and video calling, said Vittorio Viarengo, Vice President of Product Development for Oracle Fusion Middleware. With the Oracle Service Delivery Platform, we are providing enterprises and service providers a standards-based, carrier-grade platform. F5s VIPRION Application Delivery Controller complements our platform and helps our customers address the new demands of ever-evolving applications and service offerings.

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Published Thursday, January 24, 2008 5:52 AM by David Marshall
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