Feeds

F5 snaps up MagniFire

Firewall under new management

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Networking firm F5 Networks today announced that the acquisition of Web application firewall hardware firm MagniFire WebSystems in a $29m all-cash deal.

F5 said it will use MagniFire's TrafficShield security appliances to offer its customers better protection against application level attacks, such as fast spreading worms like Nimda and Sasser. MagniFire's TrafficShield product allow users to define what "good traffic" is and apply policies to only allow this desired traffic through to web servers and applications. This "white list" approach offers better protection against previously unseen forms of attack than either conventional firewall or intrusion prevention systems, according to F5.

The MagniFire acquisition complements F5's acquisition of uRoam and its FirePass SSL VPN product last July. FirePass product secures user-to-application access while the TrafficShield product ensures that only valid traffic reaches application, F5 explains. F5 is best known for its line of Application Traffic Management products and the MagniFire deal together with the much larger acquisition of NetScreen by Juniper shows a market where networking vendors are willing to reach into their pockets if it allows them to increase their security expertise. ®

Related stories

On F5 and uRoam
F5 snaps up uRoam
F5 to deliver crucial blade platform

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?