F5 optimises Microsoft Office with Application Ready Network

F5 Networks has announced Application Ready Network to speed up the performance of Microsoft applications.

F5 Networks has announced Application Ready Network to speed up the performance of Microsoft applications.

F5 said the solution offered businesses using Microsoft applications a simplified way to design, deploy and manage an integrated, optimised network infrastructure from a single vendor.

The application delivery network is specially designed, integrated, tested and documented to ensure the successful delivery of Microsoft applications, according to F5.

Application Ready Network is designed and optimised specifically for Microsoft Office 2007, including Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005, with plans to support the upcoming Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007.

According to F5, Application Ready Network functions as a simple overlay network built on the strengths of the entire Office portfolio. F5 said the solution removed the bottlenecks outside an application’s control, such as Wan latency.

Application Ready Network is designed to improve end-user client performance, deliver stronger security, unify access control and enforcement, and ensure scalability in Office 2007 applications.

Rob Bernard, general manager of the worldwide ISV group at Microsoft, said, “The comprehensive architecture F5 has designed will optimise application performance for Microsoft customers.”

The application optimisation market is becoming a crowded one, with Citrix one of the latest players to launch a raft of solutions to improve implementation and speed delivery of apps.


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