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November 22, 2009

F5 Networks releases Application Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2

Offers support for Microsoft’s DirectAccess and BranchCache technologies

By CBR Staff Writer

F5 Networks has released new Application Ready Solutions for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. The new offering provides support for Microsoft’s DirectAccess and BranchCache technologies, which are new features of the Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating systems.

The company said Application Ready Solutions helps to increase the capacity of windows servers by offloading CPU-intensive operations, and ensure that F5 Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) are optimised for Microsoft environments.

According to F5, the new offering for DirectAccess enables enterprise customers to scale their deployments with same benefits of other ADC-optimised applications. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager can proxy DirectAccess connections to ensure that users have access to server resources. The customisable iRules commands enable IT organisations to ensure that specific client requests will be routed through the appropriate DirectAccess server.

As a part of the new offering for Windows Server 2008 R2, the company’s support for BranchCache increases server capacity by offloading intensive computations used to alias web content requests from Windows 7 clients at branch locations. It also functions as a transition technology to bring the benefits of BranchCache to all Windows 7 client users where web servers have not yet been upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2.

Calvin Rowland, VP of application partner programs at F5, said: “F5 has worked closely with Microsoft to increase our solution base for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. F5 Application Ready Solutions provide customers with increased worker productivity, greater ROI for IT departments, increased confidence of solution interoperability, and enhanced scalability for faster, easier technology deployments.”

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