F5 opens EMEA tech centre

News by Dan Raywood

F5 has announced the launch of its first international technology centre for the EMEA region.

F5 has announced the launch of its first international technology centre for the EMEA region.

Based in the City of London and close to London's proposed ‘Silicon Roundabout' creative hub, the centre is intended as a resource for customers in the region, while offering telecommunications support and on-site demonstration. F5's Nathan Pearce told SC Magazine that the centre was "a statement on how serious we are about EMEA".

He said: “Before this, our engineers would go to the customers and engage with them on their equipment, but this was quite cumbersome as the engineer would go to work with them; the time to react is very fast now as within days we can have applications running.

“The first technology centre was within our headquarters in Seattle, Washington. This is the second and we will expand to APAC and add more in the US in the future. Beforehand we had a 50-seat telecoms office and our UK office in Chertsey, but this offers more. Our tagline for the opening is 'customers, this is your centre', as they can show us their roadmap for physical technology.”

The centre officially opened with a 'customer day' yesterday. “This is not a data centre, that is back at our headquarters; we are running proof of concept code here, but customers can book an appointment through their channel partner or account manager and ask to be shown how things work. This is a place to work on solving problems,” Pearce said.

Research from F5 released this week found that 32 per cent of organisations believe that their security would cope poorly against more organised, blended threats, necessitating the need for more advanced levels of protection such as application delivery controllers.

The survey of 1,000 enterprise IT professionals found that 29 per cent of them believe that attacks such as denial-of-service (DoS) attacks are highly effective, prompting the need for more complex and comprehensive solutions than the humble firewall.

Gary Newe, architecture consultant at F5, said: “Security breaches are being taken as an increasingly serious threat every coming year. Whilst many organisations can view insider threats as the most difficult to defend against, the research clearly demonstrates that there is an array of external threats for IT staff to combat. These threats make it more important than ever before to understand the need for devices above and beyond the firewall.”  

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