F5 Networks Introduces Application Ready Network for Microsoft Windows Server 2008

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KUALA LUMPUR, 8 APRIL 2008 – F5 Networks, Inc. the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced that it has extended its Application Ready Network (ARN) for Microsoft to include Windows Server 2008. F5 is the only Application Delivery Networking vendor to offer validated, application-specific solutions to optimize end-to-end performance, availability, and scalability for key Microsoft applications.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is an advanced Windows Server-based operating system, designed to power the next-generation of networks, applications, and Web services. The F5® ARN for Windows Server 2008 will help enable enterprises achieve powerful deployment advantages, featuring support for the updated versions of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Terminal Services, as well as Microsoft technologies such as Windows PowerShell and SSTP (Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol).

F5’s ARN offers step-by-step procedures with thorough deployment and application guides to help facilitate cooperation across organizations’ application and networking groups, reducing the risk of missed deployment deadlines, over-budget projects, and failed or poorly adopted application deployments. Each ARN solution has been meticulously tested in F5’s Technology Center, with repeatable deployment configurations documented to enable customers to reap the benefits of F5’s application delivery expertise.

“Today’s IT customers are looking for increased dependability, scalability, and security capabilities,” said Ward Ralston, Group Technical Product Manager for Windows Server Marketing at Microsoft Corp. “With F5’s Application Ready Network supporting Windows Server 2008, customers can achieve a highly reliable infrastructure for their business-critical applications.”

“Windows Server is one of the most popular application platforms that we see within our enterprise customer base,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager of F5 Networks Malaysia. “As such, F5 has put substantial resources into testing its application delivery portfolio with the Windows Server platform technologies through every step of the beta to maintain a high level of interoperability. Microsoft has invested significant resources into building a new and optimized TCP stack within Windows Server 2008, and as the leader in Application Delivery Networking, F5 has matched those efforts by ensuring that our technologies work in concert to provide our customers with the fastest and most optimal experience.”

For more information on F5’s collaboration with Microsoft, including links to specific ARN deployment and application guides, please visit here.

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. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications and optimize the data storage layer, F5 extends the power of intelligent networking to all levels of application delivery. F5’s extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability. 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. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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