F5 Networks Offers New Switch

F5 Networks rounds out its family of switches.

Early this year, F5 Networks Inc. announced the release of its new BIG-IP 2000 IP Application Switch, which rounds out its family of switches that manage traffic for current and next-generation Web services and applications. The BIG-IP 2000 offers an all-in-one Layer 2/7 switching solution. According to F5, the centralized processing, switch fabric design and integrated SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) termination offers an all-in-one solution that can help reduce deployment costs and administration duties. Aimed at small- to medium-sized enterprises and service providers, the BIG-IP 2000 was slated to be available in mid-February. The base model—configured with 16 Fast Ethernet and 2GB Ethernet switch ports—is priced at $24,250 for a single unit and $42,250 for a redundant pair.