F5 says Big-IP is a network firewall

Certification means customers can eliminate third-party network firewalls

F5’s Big-IP application delivery controllers are now certified as network firewalls, meaning they can replace separate network firewalls businesses might already have in place to meet regulators’ requirements.

With one less device to manage and maintain, businesses can effectively streamline their data center defenses while optimizing traffic to servers.

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F5 has been adding security features to its Big-IP platform for years, but only after release of its Big-IP 11.1 software was it able to pass ICSA Labs certification for network firewalls due to the addition of certain login methods and reporting capabilities, the company says.

While it can do SSL termination, protocol security and DDoS protection, Big-IP is better known for its application delivery capabilities.

Some network regulations imposed by government agencies and industry associations specify that businesses use network firewalls in order to comply.

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