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F5 offers quick IP replacement

Nick Booth

F5 launched its Big IP WebAccelerator yesterday, in response to demand for faster web application performance, claiming it is four times faster than anything else on the market.

The general fall in web performance stems from the increasing need for higher levels of security on the internet. Safe corporations need to use secure socket layer encryption, which makes remote downloads and application access painfully slow, said Tim Saylor, IT Director at Averitt Express, which provides freight transport and supply chain management to more than 100 countries.

Users these days expect global area feeds at local area speeds, said IDC analyst Lucinda Borovick, director for datacentre networks at the research company. "Many organisations deliver web applications - like portals and e-commerce - to remote and mobile users who expect a Lan's speed and reliability."

And they are right to do so, according to Jason Needham, F5's director of product management. It is up to the IT industry to up its game, not lower expectation, he said. "Content [should be located] closer to users so that first-time visits to web applications are fast. That will generate repeat visits and ensure web applications are a success."

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