Executive Summary

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-01-13 Print this article Print

: Big-IP 4.5"> Executive Summary: Big-IP 4.5

Usability Fair
Capability Excellent
Performance Excellent
Interoperability Good
Manageability Good
Scalability Good
Security Excellent
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.

  • Ciscos Local Director
  • Foundrys ServerIron
  • Resonate Inc.s Central Dispatch
  • www.f5.com

    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.

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