F5 Networks Expands Application Ready Network™ to Include Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007

F5’s BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ helps optimize end-to-end performance of unified communications technologies from Microsoft; Helps ensure users experience optimal performance and reliability from their communications tools

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Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 1 NOV 2007 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has expanded its Application Ready Network™ for Microsoft to include Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007. F5’s Application Ready Network provides Microsoft customers with high availability, scalability, and performance for their unified communications environments.

F5’s Application Ready Network is a holistic application network architecture and infrastructure designed specifically for enterprise applications such as Office Communications Server 2007, an integrated server component of Microsoft unified communications.

Using F5’s BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM) device, the Application Ready Network is able to:

  • direct network traffic among server computers running Office Communications Server 2007 to provide high availability and scalability;
  • help mitigate potential networking and infrastructure issues to help ensure that users experience optimal performance and reliability from their communications tools;
  • allow IT departments with the ability to scale out server farms to distribute users across multiple front ends, greatly increasing system capacity; and
  • increase overall network performance by reducing latency and optimizing bandwidth, as well as client-to-server connections, with a dozen enhancements to the transmission control protocol (TCP) stack.

And to augment F5’s offerings, the company has also produced detailed, best-practices documentation on deploying F5’s BIG-IP LTM to enhance Office Communications Server 2007 environments.

With the BIG-IP LTM device, Microsoft customers will be able to take advantage of a robust, reliable hardware load balancer a requirement for Office Communications Server 2007 Enterprise Edition deployments consisting of more than one front-end server.

“Microsoft is pleased to be working with F5 to deliver a streamlined communications experience to our customers,” said Yancey Smith, Group Product Manager, Unified Communications Group at Microsoft Corp. “It is reassuring to know that F5 has spent years testing BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager with Microsoft’s Live Communications Server 2005 and Office Communications Server 2007 in their own test labs and in Microsoft test labs in Redmond to provide hardware load balancing for scaled communications solutions.”

“We’re pleased to be able to support Microsoft’s vision for unified communications,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager ofJim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. “Through our close collaboration with Microsoft, we’ve been able to bring our experience in high availability and application optimization to the table to extend the benefits of the Application Ready Network to companies as they adopt Office Communications Server 2007.”

To read a comprehensive guide detailing best practices for deploying F5’s BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager with the Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, please visit: http://www.f5.com/pdf/deployment-guides/microsoft-ocs-ltm94-dg.pdf

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 16,000 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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Justin Lofton said…
If you've reviewed the latest Gartner report, you'll see that F5 has a long way to go in the WAN acceleration space.

Justin Lofton
VP of Engineering
Tredent Data Systems, Inc.
Riverbed Partner