F5 Networks Opens International Technology Centre in City of London
Multi-Million Pound Application Delivery Competency Centre Enables Customers to Experience First Hand the Transformative Power of F5’s Dynamic Data Centre Solutions and Vision
LONDON, 9th DECEMBER, 2011 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the City of London opening of the F5 International Technology Centre (ITC), an industry-leading application and data delivery competency centre benefiting the entire EMEA region, and F5’s first non-US facility of this type.
Located close to London’s ‘Silicon Roundabout’ creative hub, the ITC will allow Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) organisations to learn and experience how F5 advanced technologies, providing strategic points of control over such critical elements of the data centre as security, acceleration, storage, mobility, access, and cloud, enable innovation by transforming static infrastructures into dynamic and adaptable resources that move businesses forward.
“There are commonalities in the challenges organisations face, not only across EMEA but worldwide,” said Erik Giesa, VP Product Management and Product Marketing, F5 Networks. “For example, mobile device proliferation is putting unprecedented demands on applications. They require advanced acceleration, scale, and availability, while necessitating new approaches for access and security. The new EMEA ITC helps organisations explore, design and implement solutions to address these challenges. The centre allows visitors to tangibly experience the transformative power of F5 technology, with the goal of educating and informing the EMEA marketplace.”
International Technology Centre Capabilities
Staffed by F5 Solution Engineers, the centre offers advanced live product and solution demonstrations, architectural discussions, planning, and design, as well as full Proof-of-Concept implementations. The EMEA ITC comprises a state-of-the-art data centre, test environments, an extensive application library of over 400 enterprise applications, an executive briefing centre, workroom and lab facilities and an immersive TelePresence room for high quality video conferencing. It is designed for high-density and flexible usage tailored to an organisation’s specific needs and desires. There is no cost to customers and partners for the use of the centre’s services.
“Our experience at F5’s new ITC in London was very positive.” said Ivan Desmidt, network engineer at Belgacom, Belgium’s leading telecommunications operator. “The facility is well equipped, so we were able to look beyond our installed equipment and examine F5 hardware and software we don’t currently have to see how it could potentially benefit Belgacom. The chance to talk through future infrastructure plans with F5 specialists was also extremely valuable.”
The ITC features the ability to demonstrate F5 integration and interoperability with partner applications and technologies from vendors such as:
The ITC is located on the 3rd floor of 30 Old Broad Street in the City of London, close to the celebrated ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area of London and easily accessible from London’s airports.
About F5 Networks
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control” across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.
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