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F5 Networks Grows Revenue by 20 Percent in 4Q12

For the fourth quarter of 2012, F5 reported revenue of $362.6 million which is a 15 percent year-over-year gain. All told for the full fiscal 2012 year, F5 reported revenue growth of 20 percent with revenues totaling $1.38 billion. Looking forward the company remains optimistic, providing first quarter fiscal 2013 guidance for revenue in the range of 363 million to 370 million.

"During the next two quarters, we will be delivering our largest appliance refresh in four years," F5 CEO, John McAdam said during the company's earnings call. "Our next release of TMOS includes a number of new security and service provider offerings as well as products to enable cloud architectures."

TMOS is the core operating system that powers F5's lineup of BIG-IP and Viprion application delivery controllers(ADCs). The new TMOS update will be going beyond traditional ADC capability and is set to integrate what McAdam referred to as, the industry's first application delivery firewall (ADF). The new ADF will include Level 3 through 7 security as well as data loss prevention technology.

"ADF provides performance metrics clearly superior to those offered by our competitors," McAdam said.

Firewall technology is not something that is entirely new to F5. At the beginning of 2012, F5 announced that it's lineup of ADCs were certified by testing vendor ICSA for being usable as firewalls.

Read the full story at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet:
F5 Set to Launch Application Delivery Firewall

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.