F5 showcases framework to boost Microsoft applications

F5 Networks’ Application Delivery Network (ARN) demonstrated for successful delivery of Microsoft applications.

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KUALA LUMPUR, SEPT 13, 2007 - F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, showcased its Application Ready Network framework for two popular Microsoft applications - Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Exchange Server 2007 at the Microsoft Tech.Ed SEA 2007 exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center from September 11-1 3 recently.

TechEd 2007

Event Gold Sponsor F5 Networks demonstrated to exhibition visitors, mainly comprising IT developers and administrators, how F5’s Application Ready Network (ARN) is designed as a holistic application network infrastructure to optimized Microsoft Office 2007 system - including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007by functioning as a simply overlay network.

Ivan Wen

Ivan Wen, Country Manager, F5 Networks, Malaysia said, “The F5 ARN adds value to enterprise organizations which have invested in these two Microsoft applications.”

“In short, F5’s ARN removes the bottlenecks outside the application's control, such as WAN latency, that put application deployments at risk. It improves end-user client performance, creates an even stronger security posture, unifies access control and enforcement, and ensures the superior scalability of the 2007 Office system applications.”

F5 ARN: Designed, tested, and documented for Microsoft Applications

Below are examples of the repeatable test results of using F5’s ARN for Microsoft applications:
  • Acceleration - End-user client experience improved up to 5x for Exchange Server 2007 and SharePoint Server 2007 deployments (with no changes at all to the applications themselves)
  • Optimization - Reduced bandwidth load by 50 percent and server load by 30 percent, saving money and enabling consolidation of resources
  • Scalability - Doubled the scale at one-third of the infrastructure cost, providing a repeatable 99.999% availability model.

The F5 ARN was designed for application developers, architects, and network professionals, empowering these teams to leverage F5's network infrastructure resources as a service. It functions as a reusable and open system platform. Key benefits for the user include:
  • Improved client application response time by up to 5 times
  • Lowered infrastructure and operation costs by 50 percent
  • Simplified and unified security to reduce errors, complexity, and costs
  • Five nines (99.999) of availability for Microsoft applications

Wen said, "Through an open and dynamic architecture, F5's ARN facilitates better collaboration between the network and application teams.”

"The result is improved processes, reduced operational costs, and faster deployment for Exchange Server 2007 and Office SharePoint Server 2007. In developing this network, F5 compiled targeted research, engineering, testing, and documentation on how to deploy an optimized infrastructure to enable Microsoft customers to reduce application roll-out times by up to 33%.”

F5's Application Ready Network is available today. Contact F5 Networks (Malaysia) at 603-6203 3048 or Convergence Networks Sdn Bhd at 03-7859 1975.

Microsoft Application Basics

Both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 are applications that process HTTP client requests by web-based application.
The Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 allows developers to write their own HTTP applications which can be replicated to other servers, backed up and take advantage of anti-virus software. However, development on MS Exchange is not easy. Except for the most basic of applications, Exchange 2000 HTTP development is best left to serious developers and development companies.

The Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 allows users to easily create workspaces and collaborative applications. This way, managers and team leaders create workspaces enables document sharing, indexing, versioning and group folders with little to no interaction from the IT staff. This ease with which users can create their own solutions is one of the strong selling points of SPS.

Both Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 are based on similar core technology. Even though the backend technologies are nearly identical, the load on the servers is differs for many reasons. Because of these differences, Microsoft strongly cautions against running SPS and Exchange Server 2000 on the same machine.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5's extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability-all on one universal platform. Over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide.

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