An easy-to-understand introduction to F5 Networks

F5 NetworksWe at Data Centre Shop know that not everyone who peruses our website is likely to be familiar with all of the companies who supply us with data centre products to sell. This helps to explain why we have used this website’s blog to provide easy-to-comprehend introductions to many of these companies. For this blog post, we intend to explain more about F5 Networks. This uniquely-named company provides a range of products, but many people could find introductions to the company elsewhere bewilderingly jargon-heavy. We certainly reckon that our introduction below isn’t!

In just a paragraph, what is F5 Networks?

F5 Networks is a company that is headquartered in the Washington city of Seattle and specialises in making and providing products that draw upon what is known as Application Delivery Networking – or AND – technology. The company offers many different products in the Application Delivery Controller – or ADC – market; American IT technology research and advisory firm Gartner has described it as a leader in this market in 2010.

The origin of the name of F5 Networks

The company was formed in 1996, when it was initially called F5 Labs. The inclusion of F5 in the name was inspired by a reference in the 1996 film ‘Twister’ to the fastest and most powerful tornado on the Fujita Scale – called F5. We can’t help but admire that the inclusion of F5 was chosen for this reason – whoever did the choosing after seeing the film clearly demonstrated great attention to detail! Indeed, the company has demonstrated great attention to detail many times since, making the name seem even more appropriate.

The impressive business record of F5 Networks

ADN technology can have a multitude of benefits when used in equipment intended for use in data centres; it can, for example, optimise delivery of network-based applications and improve the security, performance and availability of several crucial network resources. This likely helps to explain F5 Networks’ impressive corporate record; to cite just one example of evidence of this, in 2010 and 2011, the company appeared on Fortune’s list of the global 100 Fastest-Growing Companies.

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