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F5, Inc.

U.S. information technology company / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

F5, Inc. is an American technology company specializing in application security, multi-cloud management, online fraud prevention, application delivery networking (ADN), application availability & performance, network security, and access & authorization.

Quick facts: Formerly, Type, Traded as, Industry, Founded...
F5, Inc.
  • F5 Labs, Inc. (1996–1999)
  • F5 Networks, Inc. (1999–2021)
TypePublic company
FoundedFebruary 26, 1996; 27 years ago (1996-02-26)
HeadquartersSeattle, Washington, U.S.
Key people
François Locoh-Donou (President and CEO)
Mika Yamamoto (Chief Marketing and Customer Experience Officer)
ProductsApplication Security and Delivery
RevenueIncrease US$2.70 billion (2022)
Increase US$404 million (2022)
Decrease US$322 million (2022)
Total assetsIncrease US$5.28 billion (2022)
Total equityIncrease US$2.47 billion (2022)
Number of employees
7,089 (October 2022) Edit this at Wikidata
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F5 is headquartered in Seattle, Washington in F5 Tower, with an additional 75 offices[2] in 43 countries[2] focusing on account management, global services support, product development, manufacturing, software engineering, and administrative jobs. Notable office locations include Spokane, Washington; New York, New York; Boulder, Colorado; London, England; San Jose, California; and San Francisco, California.[2]

F5's originally offered application delivery controller (ADC) technology,[3] but expanded into application layer, automation, multi-cloud, and security services. As ransomware, data leaks, DDoS, and other attacks on businesses of all sizes are arising, companies such as F5 have continued to reinvent themselves.[4] While the majority of F5's revenue continues to be attributed to its hardware products such as the BIG-IP iSeries systems, the company has begun to offer additional modules on their proprietary operating system, TMOS (Traffic Management Operating System.) [5] These modules are listed below and include, but are not limited to, Local Traffic Manager (LTM), Advanced Web Application Firewall (AWAF), DNS (previously named GTM), and Access Policy Manager (APM). These offer organizations running the BIG-IP the ability to deploy load balancing, Layer 7 application firewalls, single sign-on (for Azure AD, Active Directory, LDAP, and Okta), as well as enterprise-level VPNs. While the BIG-IP was traditionally a hardware product, F5 now offers it as a virtual machine, which they have branded as the BIG-IP Virtual Edition. The BIG-IP Virtual Edition is cloud agnostic and can be deployed on-premises in a public and/or hybrid cloud environment.

F5's customers include Microsoft, Oracle, Alaska Airlines, Tesla, and Meta.[6]