F5 Announces FirePass 7.0

FirePass version 7.0 provides enhanced access capabilities, stronger security

June 23, 2010

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SEATTLE, JUNE 22, 2010 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced a new version of its FirePass SSL VPN solution. With the 7.0 release, FirePass provides enhanced access capabilities, improved IT management through integrated access services with third-party solutions, and flexible deployment options, including an SSL VPN virtual appliance running on VMware vSphere, FirePass Virtual Edition (VE).


FirePass provides browser-based access to organizations’ applications, networks, and data, and employs customizable access policies to ensure all devices accessing corporate information adhere to a company’s specific requirements.

“Remote access creates continuous market demand for new virtual private network (VPN) products and services, including virtual solutions,” said John Girard, VP Distinguished Analyst with Gartner, Inc. “Business continuity and telework are creating new opportunities for companies working through upgrades and replacement cycles to replace legacy remote-access VPNs. Even if you have sufficient capacity to handle increased demands in your VPN gateway based on these new trends, it will do you no good if your network services cannot scale.”

With FirePass, enterprises can manage employee and external access to business applications, keep mobile users connected, and enforce compliance mandates such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS. Highlights of the new FirePass version 7.0 include:

Flexible Deployment Options, Including a Virtual Appliance

F5 now offers customers the ability to deploy FirePass on both physical and virtual platforms, with FirePass VE delivering all the traditional functionality of its physical counterpart. F5’s virtual deployment options—including the recently announced BIG-IP' Local Traffic Manager™ Virtual Edition—provide a powerful way for organizations to reduce CapEx and OpEx costs by controlling the number of physical devices in their IT infrastructure. With FirePass VE, customers gain the valuable flexibility to add remote access capabilities to their existing virtual environments while maintaining emergency capacity in case of an unexpected event.

In addition, with this new version, FirePass now interoperates with both the FirePass Client and the new BIG-IP Edge Client™. The BIG-IP Edge Client provides advanced roaming, domain detection, and automatic connection, helping users stay connected when transitioning between locations.

Advanced Endpoint Security and Enhanced User Experience

FirePass 7.0 includes enhanced endpoint security features for Mac and Linux environments, including updated antivirus, firewall, and anti-malware software detection capabilities. This new version reduces risk of data loss with upgraded features, including Protected Workspace for 64-bit operating systems such as Microsoft Windows 7.

FirePass ensures users receive continuous, seamless access from any authorized device whether they are at home, on a wireless network, or connected via a guest network. With the BIG-IP Edge Client, FirePass can also automatically detect domain changes to connect or reconnect to network resources (even after losing a VPN connection) or halt VPN access when the user connects to a secure LAN.

Improved Ease of Management with Integrated Access Services

FirePass 7.0 features advanced hardware identification to help IT administrators identify unauthorized devices and block access to corporate networks and materials as appropriate. Additionally, customers who use VMware virtualization tools in their data center can now use those same management tools to manage SSL VPN capability within their virtual desktop infrastructure. FirePass integration with the VMware View web client allows customers to quickly and easily deploy VMware View for remote users without requiring an additional client installation. Also, FirePass now enhances access to Xen Presentation Server, sending Smart Access filters to XenApp/Presentation Server based on the results of the endpoint inspections.

Additional Quotes

“As a former IPsec shop, we’re impressed with the flexibility FirePass provides in supporting our business needs and providing seamless and easy VPN access,” said Ken Desforges, Information Systems Director for the City of Diamond Bar, California. “The ability to set and configure granular access policies has been invaluable for us, especially as we extend network access to vendors and contractors. FirePass enables us to provide the highest level of service to our constituents while keeping operating costs low. Specific to the 7.0 release, we’re excited to see augmented endpoint security features and increased support for an expanded array of devices, operating systems, and browsers. These enhancements provide secure access capabilities for distributed users without sacrificing performance.”

“As the number of remote and mobile users climbs, those users are increasingly reliant on access to corporate materials and data from a variety of locations,” said Mark Vondemkamp, Director of Product Management for Security at F5. “Accordingly, organizations are seeking remote access solutions that provide easy user connectivity, strong endpoint security, and support for the latest mobile devices, browsers, and operating systems. In addition, organizations need to be able to tailor access policies to enable internal contacts and business partners to access corporate materials while maintaining optimized application performance levels. With F5’s comprehensive access security portfolio—including FirePass, BIG-IP Edge Gateway™ and Access Policy Manager™ solutions, and the new FirePass VE—customers have confidence that F5 can support their access priorities, even as user needs and IT environments evolve.”


The new version of the FirePass SSL VPN solution is available now. For more information on FirePass, please visit www.f5.com/products/firepass/.

Supporting Resources

FirePass Product Overview

Deploying the FirePass Controller with VMware View – Deployment Guide

City of Diamond Bar Case Study

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), focused on ensuring the secure, reliable, and fast delivery of applications. F5’s flexible architectural framework enables community-driven innovation that helps organizations enhance IT agility and dynamically deliver services that generate true business value. F5’s vision of unified application and data delivery offers customers an unprecedented level of choice in how they deploy ADN solutions. It redefines the management of application, server, storage, and network resources, streamlining application delivery and reducing costs. Global enterprise organizations, service and cloud providers, and Web 2.0 content providers trust F5 to keep their business moving forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

F5, BIG-IP, Local Traffic Manager, Edge Client, Edge Gateway, and Access Policy Manager are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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