Optimize Your Windows Server 2008 Deployment
F5 Networks, a global provider of Application Delivery Networking, has extended its Application Ready Network (ARN) for Microsoft to include Windows Server 2008.
Build on the previous solutions for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, Exchange Server 2007, and Office Communications Server 2007, F5 claims to be the only Application Delivery Networking vendor to offer validated, application-specific solutions to optimize end-to-end performance, availability, and scalability for key Microsoft applications.
Windows Server 2008 is an advanced Windows Server-based operating system designed to power the next generation of networks, applications, and Web services. The F5 ARN for Windows Server 2008 will help enterprises achieve powerful deployment advantages including support for the updated versions of Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) and Terminal Services, as well as Microsoft technologies such as Windows PowerShell and Secure Socket Tunneling Protocol (SSTP).
With ARNs, F5 delivers comprehensive application-specific products, tools, templates, and deployment guides to reduce the costs associated with application deployment, management, and operation. ARN offers step-by-step procedures with detailed deployment and application guides to help facilitate cooperation across organizations application and networking groups, reducing the risk of missed deployment deadlines, over-budget projects, and failed or poorly adopted application deployments.
Zeus Kerravala, SVP (Enterprise Research) of Yankee Group, said, “Application deployment and upgrades can be expensive and time-consuming tasks. With an ARN from F5 for applications like Microsoft Windows Server 2008, enterprises can tune their application delivery environments to optimize an application’s interaction with the network and end-users, resulting in easier, less expensive, and ultimately more successful application roll-outs.”
According to F5, its long-standing relationship with Microsoft has resulted in several key achievements on the development side, yielding significant features that differentiate F5:
New Terminal Services Engine: Ensures enterprise-class user persistence on both IPv4 and IPv6 networks, shielding users from the consequences of unanticipated network drops.
IIS Acceleration Technologies: Enables the F5 solution to deliver content faster to users. This is accomplished through the BIG-IP product’s intelligent browser level caching, compression, and HTTP/TCP optimizations.
New flexible Windows PowerShell Tools: Provides customers with a much wider variety of useful options to maintain and configure their F5 devices. For example, customers can integrate their BIG-IP system configurations with third-party applications for seamless management.
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