F5 BYOD 2.0 Solution Empowers Workers to Merge Productivity and Lifestyle

  F5 BYOD 2.0 Solution Empowers Workers to Merge Productivity and Lifestyle

   F5’s Mobile App Manager enables IT to enforce access and data protection
   policies for corporate assets while giving users greater flexibility and
                                   control

RSA Conference 2013 Booth #1354

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- February 19, 2013

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery
Networking, today announced F5^® Mobile App Manager, a new hybrid cloud
solution for mobile application management that enables organizations to
safely and cost-effectively support enterprise BYOD initiatives. With F5
Mobile App Manager, enterprises can extend corporate applications and data to
employees’ personal mobile devices while leaving all personal content under
the control of the device owner.

F5 Mobile App Manager is a BYOD solution that combines the policy management
and secure application delivery features of the BIG-IP^® Access Policy
Manager^® (APM^®) with the scalability and affordability of a SaaS offering.
It is fundamentally different from “BYOD 1.0” Mobile Device Management (MDM)
solutions in that it securely connects only corporate applications to the
enterprise network, and it manages only the enterprise content and
applications on a device rather than the entire device itself.

Employees prefer this approach because it isolates their personal data from
corporate oversight yet gives them the convenience of using their own mobile
devices for both work and personal use. For IT organizations, F5 Mobile App
Manager relieves the burden and responsibility of managing employee-owned
devices while still enabling them to control device access to their network,
track inventory, monitor threats and vulnerabilities, and protect corporate
information.

“As more employees want to use personal devices in the workplace, enterprise
IT has had to make tough choices: support BYOD initiatives despite having
limited security controls, impose complete control over employees’ personal
devices using MDM solutions, or reject BYOD initiatives altogether,” said Mark
Vondemkamp, VP of Security Product Management and Marketing at F5. “F5 Mobile
App Manager enables IT to make intelligent BYOD choices that benefit both the
company and employees; it gives IT the control and flexibility it needs to
protect corporate resources without restricting an employee’s use of the
device or infringing on their privacy.”

As a hybrid cloud offering, F5 Mobile App Manager opens up new opportunities
for enterprises that have not yet embraced BYOD, enabling them to do so
without incurring the expense of deploying and managing yet another solution
in their own data centers. For organizations dissatisfied with their MDM
solutions, F5 Mobile App Manager provides a secure, flexible, and
cost-effective alternative that is less invasive and restrictive for
employees.

Details

F5 Mobile App Manager complements F5’s existing unified access solutions,
which provide secure, accelerated remote access and identity federation for
SaaS applications. By implementing these offerings in conjunction with F5
application delivery firewall, application security, and application access
management solutions, organizations can effectively protect their entire
enterprise footprint.

Available for both Apple iOS and Google Android mobile devices, F5 Mobile App
Manager is simple and straightforward for employees to use. It provides
PIN-protected and encrypted enterprise applications, including corporate
email, a secure web browser, and an F5 App Store from which corporate
applications and content can be securely downloaded.

On the administrative side, F5 Mobile App Manager not only enables IT to
better protect corporate applications and data, it greatly simplifies device
management and policy enforcement. Using the management console, IT can manage
individual devices or device groups, push and/or retract applications and data
on a device, and lock or wipe only the secure workspace rather than the entire
device.

F5 Mobile App Manager delivers the following benefits to enterprises:

  *Improved security – Using the App Wrapper functionality in F5 Mobile App
    Manager, IT can secure internally developed and third-party applications
    quickly and easily before making them available to employees on mobile
    devices. When F5 Mobile App Manager is used with BIG-IP APM, IT can create
    a secure application VPN for corporate applications. And because BIG-IP
    APM utilizes the customer’s on-premises identity stores, employee
    information stays on premises, minimizing the risk of identity theft.
  *Improved user experience – Employees are more comfortable knowing that
    their personal content is completely inaccessible to IT, won’t be
    automatically wiped in the event a device is lost or stolen, and that
    device functionality (such as the camera) cannot be restricted. F5 Mobile
    App Manager also requires minimal storage space on the device, and because
    enterprise applications don’t run constantly in the background, they help
    preserve battery life.
  *Cost savings and reduced IT overhead – Because F5 Mobile App Manager is a
    hybrid cloud solution, IT avoids costly hardware and infrastructure
    investments and saves time by managing and securing enterprise content
    only rather than entire devices. In addition, organizations that have been
    using MDM solutions reduce their VPN costs by handling only
    enterprise-related traffic rather than all mobile traffic (business and
    personal).
  *Scalability – F5 Mobile App Manager can easily be scaled to meet an
    organization’s growing demand to support employee-owned devices. The
    proven scale and performance of BIG-IP APM, which supports up to 200,000
    concurrent users, ensures that the mobile infrastructure scales cost
    effectively.

Beyond enterprise customers, channel partners and carrier service providers
(CSPs) can benefit from F5 Mobile App Manager as well. It is a low overhead
differentiated service that channel partners can quickly make available to
their customers because, as a SaaS offering, it can be added to customers’
existing BIG-IP APM deployments and it requires no additional infrastructure
changes or on-site installation. Likewise, for CSPs that are looking to grow
their average revenue per user (ARPU) beyond voice and data plans, F5 Mobile
App Manager can be resold as a value-added enterprise managed service.

Supporting Quotes

“True mobility is network infrastructure-centric because all these smartphones
and tablets won’t help us do the job without pervasive access to data,” said
Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst at ZK Research. “And as fast as it’s being
adopted, BYOD means headaches for the IT organizations attempting to lock down
more and more employee-owned devices. F5’s approach shifts the IT control
point off the device and onto the network by managing and securing only those
apps that employees use for work.”

Availability

F5 will be demoing the F5 Mobile App Manager solution in Booth #1354 at the
2013 RSA Conference in San Francisco February 25 through March 1. The F5
Mobile App Manager SaaS offering will be orderable in June 2013. Please
contact a local F5 sales office for availability in specific countries.

Additional Resources

  *F5 Mobile App Manager – datasheet
  *BYOD 2.0: Moving Beyond MDM – white paper
  *Inside Look: F5 Mobile App Manager – video
  *Mobile Application Manager Deployment Service
  *BYOD: More than an IT Issue – DevCentral Blog Series
  *Is BYO Already D? – DevCentral Blog Post

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps
organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with
the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and
applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s
largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer
brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework todeliver andprotect
their applications andservices while ensuring people stay connected. Learn
more at www.f5.com.

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