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F5 Debuts Web App Acceleration Technology

F5 Networks Monday unveiled new application traffic management products, spoils from its acquisition of Swan Labs last fall.

The Seattle, Wash.-based vendor launched new WebAccelerator modules for its Big-IP application switch, which will add Web application acceleration capabilities to its flagship traffic management product line. F5 is also launching a stand-alone version of the technology, the WebAcclerator 4500 appliance.

The launch marks the post-acquisition debut of the WebAccelerator technology on F5's TMOS (Traffic Management Operating System). WebAccelerator aims to boost the performance of Web-based enterprise applications from vendors such as BEA, IBM, Microsoft, Oracle/Siebel and SAP. F5 closed its Swan Labs purchase in October.

The technology launch comes amidst an effort by F5 to push its top channel partners to build broader, higher-margin application delivery solutions.

"Customers are saying that the vendors finally get it. It's not about the newest routers or switches, it's about the application," said Craig Nelson, executive vice president of practice solutions at MSI Systems Integrators, an Omaha, Neb.-based F5 partner.

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