F5 Updates Microsoft Exchange 2010 Solution Portfolio

By Channelworld staff, Channelworld India |  Software, Exchange Server 2010, f5 networks

F5 Networks has introduced Application Ready Solutions for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010. To support customers using Microsoft's new release of Exchange Server, F5 provides solutions to ensure efficient application delivery, improved scalability, and enhanced performance for Exchange Server 2010.

F5 Application Ready Solutions enable customers to fully leverage the advanced messaging functionality in Exchange 2010. With these new solutions, Exchange Client Access Servers (CAS) can now handle all client connections (including MAPI), enabling F5 technology to optimize all messaging traffic in an Exchange deployment.

"With the amount of business being conducted via email, messaging is a critical application for enterprises," said Calvin Rowland, VP- Application Partner Programs, F5. "Downtime can significantly impact business performance. These new F5 solutions extend the value of the enhancements Microsoft has made in Exchange 2010, ensuring high-availability of messaging to end-users in the enterprise," he added.

F5 provides configuration and deployment guides along with solution briefs to help customers efficiently deploy BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager and WebAccelerator products with Exchange 2010. According to the company, F5's simple, fast implementation aids result in fewer errors than manual configuration methods. Ready-made application templates include a 60-second wizard to configure BIG-IP solutions with Microsoft Exchange 2010.

Application Ready Solutions outline configuration and deployment strategies to optimize application delivery and provide optimum scalability for Exchange 2010 deployments. Solutions include email attachment downloading, encrypted transfer of transaction logs during cluster node failover, spam filtering, endpoint trust management for Web clients, and BIG-IP application templates for easy configuration. F5's customizable iControl API enables integration into heterogeneous environments and message traffic routing between geographically dispersed data centers, the company said.

"Microsoft is pleased to see F5 support the extensive improvements we've made in Exchange 2010 by updating their deployment guides and application templates," said Julia White, Director- Exchange Product Management, Microsoft. "Advanced application delivery optimization is an integral component of our recommended Exchange 2010 deployment architecture for customers who require the highest availability and performance for their end-users," she added.

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