F5 Upgrades Application Platform

Arthur Cole

F5 Networks has released a new application delivery platform that promises top-tier functionality at a price point in the range of most mid-level enterprises.


The new BIG-IP hardware/software platform offers tools like dual-core clustered multiprocessing, Fast Cache, IPv6 gateway, rate shaping, SSL offload and compression, all of which is designed to improve availability and scalability of applications across local and wide area networks.


The system is available on either the 1600 or 3600 hardware platforms, with the 3600 capable of hosting the company's Application Security Manager (ASM) or the WebAccelerator as modules under the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager.


F5 says the new devices offer twice the capability of previous generations of the BIG-IP platform while holding the line on power consumption, cooling and rack space.

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