F5 Sharpens Traffic Tools Intelligence
F5 Networks Inc. is looking to solve security and scalability issues on IP networks with a major upgrade to its Big IP traffic management software and hardware.F5 Networks Inc. is looking to solve security and scalability issues on IP networks with a major upgrade to its Big IP traffic management software and hardware. Big IP 4.5, which will be announced next week, can understand a broader array of packet types, including XML, SQL and Session Initiation Protocol. This enables Big IP to direct, report on and screen traffic from Web services, databases, mobile applications and other sources without modification to the core Big IP switching platform, officials said.
A Universal Inspection Engine distinguishes packets in an IP header and payload. Then the iRules component in Version 4.5 directs packets to a server based on parameters set by the user. A new Dynamic Security Control Architecture centralizes the enforcement of application security by running IP traffic through a central switch.