Network Computing is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

F5 Fuses Firewall & VPN

F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) gave a glimpse of its future product roadmap today, unveiling a new high-end FirePass SSL VPN device combined with its first TrafficShield application firewall (see F5 Delivers Firewall, SSL VPN Solution).

The Seattle-based vendor acquired the FirePass technology when it bought remote-access specialist URoam last year; TrafficShield was pioneered by firewall vendor MagniFire, which was snapped up by F5 in June (see F5 Buys uRoam, Reports Strong Q3 and F5 Acquires MagniFire).

The new FirePass 4100 usurps the existing 4000 product as F5s high-end SSL VPN device, and unlike the two-port 4000, comes with four 10/100/1000 copper Ethernet ports fitted as standard.

F5 execs are putting the 4100 up against Aventail Corp.’s EX-1500 device and Juniper Networks Inc.'s (Nasdaq: JNPR) Secure Access 5000 product. The EX-1500 comes with three ports although this can be scaled up to six. Juniper’s SA-5000 comes with two Ethernet ports fitted as standard.

The additional ports give users a greater degree of flexibility, according to Jeff Wilson, principal analyst at Infonetics Research Inc. “It’s good to see that F5 is thinking about the different requirements out there -- it gives people more options on how they deploy the boxes.”

  • 1