F5 Networks is extending its presence in the emerging blade-server management market with security and packet-inspection enhancements to its BIG-IP Blade Controller software.
The networking equipment maker has added the security features from its traffic-management software to its blade-server management software to stop DoS attacks. F5 has also included an inspection engine to enable the examination of incoming IP packets.
"Some blade-server suppliers have load-balancing software, but none have traffic management," said Mark Harris, a senior systems engineer at F5. "With traffic management, you can check the availability of a specific blade server and protect against viruses."
According to F5, traffic management entails not only server load balancing, but also the health and performance monitoring of low-cost, multipurpose blade servers sold by IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Dell and Sun Microsystems.
Scott Tyler Shafer writes for Infoworld