It's been a month of imagining a lot of changes in the way we think about application delivery networks. Imagining unmatched performance, manageability of a system that's both green as in cash as well as in grass, and intelligence beyond what is currently available in most of today's application delivery controllers.

It's been a long road to get here, but it's finally arrived: a bladed, chassis-based application delivery controller from F5.

That's right - bladed and modular and with all the flexibility and intelligence you've come to expect from F5 combined with performance that's counted in the millions of transactions per second.

We call it VIPRION.

We've seen the explosion in web applications and sites over the past few years. Seen the increased demands by users that not only require that web applications be fast and secure, but that they also be intelligent. Seen the need for application delivery infrastructure that can scale along with the growing popularity of social networking sites, Web 2.0 applications, and increasing users of critical corporate applications without requiring downtime for upgrades to that infrastructure - or the messy network rearchitecture that often goes along with it. VIPRION has a top-end performance of 36G of L7 throughput and 200,000 SSL transactions per second, ensuring not only fast, secure delivery of applications today but tomorrow as well.

We've seen the need for application delivery controllers to not only provide a dynamic, intelligent mechanism that enables an infrastructure to adapt to the ever changing conditions of applications and the network over which they are delivered but to do so as fast as possible, and without compromising the security of the network or the application. VIPRION may be a new hardware platform, but its core architecture is still TMOS and that means the unmatched integration capabilities and the flexibility of iRules and iControl is available to ensure that VIPRION can adapt to the unique needs of your architecture and your applications.

We've seen the need to reduce the operational costs of scaling up and out. We've seen the need to make it easier and more cost effective to add that capacity on-demand. VIPRION operates as a single device for both the network and users, and remains an integrated network device regardless of additional blades. One blade? Two blades? Four blades? Performance and scalability increases linearly with each additional blade, but not the cost of management or the complexity of your network. Now that's virtualization.

We saw the need, we imagined the solution, and now we've made it reality.

So imagine no more - VIPRION has arrived.