F5 offers network compression technology

F5 Networks has bolstered its BIG-IP data traffic management appliances by improving the way they handle web-based applications...

F5 Networks has bolstered its BIG-IP data traffic management appliances by improving the way they handle web-based applications at larger companies.

F5's new HTTP Compression card allows organisations to centralise traffic compression processing and remove the data load from their servers.

"Enterprises are deploying web-enabled applications at extraordinary rates," said Peter Firstbrook, an analyst at Meta Group.

"A product that enables customers to cost-effectively centralise all application optimisation functions, offload processing from applications and servers, and eliminate large numbers of 'point' application delivery solutions, will help them save money and management headaches," said Firstbrook.

By migrating compression onto the network, F5 said administrators will see a 20% improvement in server capacity, and they will improve the application response times for their users.

F5 has also launched two new appliances that can use the new compression technology. These are the BIG-IP 6800 Application Switch, and the BIG-IP 6400 solution.

As well as F5, the market for web application acceleration products is occupied by the likes of Redline Networks, Nortel and Cisco.

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