F5 Debuts Traffic Management Device For Smaller Enterprises

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F5 Networks Tuesday introduced a new product to its family of traffic management switches targeted at small- and midsize enterprises.

The Big-IP 2000 IP application switch manages traffic for Web services and applications, featuring Layer 2-7 switching and integrated Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) processing, said Erik Giesa, director of product management for Internet traffic management products at F5, based here.

Scheduled for general availability on Feb. 15, the product is aimed at businesses with 500 to 2,500 employees, Giesa said.

The base model Big-IP 2000, priced at $24,250 for a single unit and $42,250 for a redundant pair, includes 16 Fast Ethernet and two Gigabit Ethernet switch ports, an Intel Pentium III 1GHz processor and 1 Gbyte of memory, as well as an SSL chip capable of processing 100 transactions per second.

"This is a product family that we will continue to evolve and enhance," Giesa said.

F5 introduced the Big-IP 5000 IP application switch, targeted at large enterprises, in September and signed its first North American distribution partner, Ingram Micro, in December.

Shares of F5 traded up 67 cents at $19.50 Tuesday afternoon.

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