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F5 Networks BIG-IP Link Controller -- Load Balancing for Multiple Internet Connections

F5 Networks Announces the BIG-IP Link Controller to Provide Superior Reliability and Scalability for Organizations with Multiple Internet Connections

The BIG-IP Link Controller leverages F5’s award winning iTCM products to intelligently manage traffic over redundant links and remove the complexities of deploying a multi-homed network

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the leading provider of Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM) products, today announced BIG-IP Link Controller, an ISP link (Internet Service Provider) load balancing solution that allows customers to transparently load balance inbound and outbound traffic across multiple Internet connections. BIG-IP Link Controller enables customers, with more than one link to the Internet or a private network, to intelligently monitor and control traffic so users are routed over the best Internet link for optimal performance and guaranteed availability in the event of an ISP outage, link failure or link congestion.

As enterprises move to use the Internet to deliver their mission critical applications, maintaining only one link to the public network represents a single point of failure and serious network vulnerability. “The mission critical nature of web-based applications are demanding that enterprises increase the availability and performance of Internet connectivity by using multiple ISP connections to their data centres,” said Mark Fabbi, vice-president and research director, Gartner Inc. “Over time, this functionality will become a critical component of a complete internet traffic management solution.”

“This solution is really a logical extension to F5’s core traffic management competencies,” said Dan Matte, senior director of product management at F5 Networks. “A number of our customers around the world are already relying on our products to provide guaranteed availability and increased ROI for servers, multiple sites and redundant Internet connections. Now we have simply extended that protection to single sites that rely on multiple Internet connections for uptime. Under the current economic conditions, some customers are selecting this approach over multiple data centres. BIG-IP Link Controller removes the headaches customers face when attempting to coordinate how traffic should continue to flow in the event that a connection fails.”

Organizations can deploy multiple links, and transparently load balance IP-based traffic across all links, ensuring the highest return on their bandwidth investment. Customers will also benefit by gaining granular control of how their links are being utilized and how traffic is routed. BIG-IP Link Controller addresses the needs of any enterprise, service provider or organization that requires reliable connectivity, increased traffic control and improved scalability of their Internet connections.


BIG-IP Link Controller will be available first quarter of calendar year 2002.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the leader in Internet Traffic and Content Management (iTCM), and delivers application aware networks through its open Internet Control Architecture. F5 features the industry’s leading set of integrated products and services that manage, control and optimise Internet traffic and content. Our solutions automatically and intelligently deliver the best possible Internet performance, availability and content distribution for service providers, enterprises and e-businesses. Our products remove bandwidth congestion and optimise the availability and speed of mission-critical Internet servers and applications, including web publishing, content delivery, e-commerce, caching, firewalls and more. Our solutions are widely deployed in large enterprises, the top service providers, financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare, and portals throughout the world. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

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Grace Cheung
F5 Networks.
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