: Big-IP 4.5"> Executive Summary: Big-IP 4.5
The latest version of F5s load balancing software can now examine any part of an IP packet to make connection persistence and filtering decisions. IT managers who are mulling over the two- to four-year impact of Web services on network performance and security should consider the new features of Big-IP 4.5, which raise the bar for load balancing appliances.
There are no two ways about it: Implementing Big-IP 4.5 is going to take more than a little consulting and some of the best networking and applications staff at the organization. However, once these experts craft the rules that determine how Big-IP should treat incoming traffic, ongoing maintenance should be fairly low. (+) Filtering and persistence decisions can be made on any data in an IP packet; nimble operation. (-) Few built-in functions means lots of hand-coding; Version 1 bugs remain. EVALUATION SHORT LIST
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