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N+I: Net traffic tools gain edge

F5 Networks announced the availability of its BIG-IP Blade Controller for blade servers at NetWorld+Interop in Las Vegas.

The software will provide traffic management to blade offerings from Hewlett-Packard/Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu and RLX Technologies, said Erik Giesa, F5's director of product marketing for Internet traffic.

BIG-IP Controller is designed to ease architecture strain within a blade server environment by virtualising individual blades and applications into a single interface capable of delivering traffic to the optimum performance server/application resource within a chassis, Giesa added.

"Blade server platforms represent the consolidation of network applications and hardware and we're [vying to be] the glue that makes that work," said Giesa. "You need something to tie together individual discrete computing units into one, especially when you tie your applications into them. [Blade servers] are perfect for the deployment of Web-based applications and services."

F5's BIG-IP Blade Controller will be available on 20 May. The software will, initially, support HP/Compaqs and RLX servers. Support will extend to Fujitsu Siemens in July when the company releases its blade server. The cost will vary between $15,000 (£10,260) and $20,000 (£13,680).

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