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F5 Networks, Inc.
Type
Public
Traded as NASDAQ: FFIV
S&P 500 Component
Industry Technology
Predecessor F5 Labs
Founded February 26, 1996; 21 years ago (1996-02-26)
Headquarters Seattle, Washington, United States
Key people
François Locoh-Donou (President and CEO) Ben Gibson (Executive Vice President and CMO)
Products Networking
Revenue
  • Increase US$ 1,995.034 million (2016)
  • Increase US$ 1,919.823 million (2015)
Operating income
  • Increase US$ 547.377 million (2016)
  • Increase US$ 552.899 million (2015)
Net income
  • Increase US$ 365.855 million (2016)
  • Increase US$ 365.014 million (2015)
Total assets
  • Increase US$ 2,306.323 million (2016)
  • Increase US$ 2,312.290 million (2015)
Total equity
  • Increase US$ 1,185.262 million (2016)
  • Increase US$ 1,316.728 million (2015)
Number of employees
4,460 (2017)
Website f5.com

F5 Networks, Inc. is an American-based company that specializes in application delivery networking (ADN) technology for the delivery of web applications and the security, performance, availability of servers, data storage devices, and other network and cloud resources. F5 is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has other development, manufacturing, and sales/marketing offices.

Known originally for its load balancing product, today F5's product and services line has expanded into all things related to the delivery of applications, including local load balancing and acceleration, global (DNS based) load balancing and acceleration, security through web application firewall and application authentication and access products, DDoS defense, and more. F5 technologies are available in the data center and the cloud, including private, public, and multi-cloud environments based on platforms such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, and OpenStack.

F5 Networks, originally named F5 Labs, was established in 1996. The company name was inspired by the 1996 movie Twister, in which reference was made to the fastest and most powerful tornado on the Fujita Scale: F5.

F5's first product (launched in 1997) was a load balancer called BIG-IP. When a server went down or became overloaded, BIG-IP directed traffic away from that server to other servers that could handle the load.

In June 1999, the company had its initial public offering and was listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange with symbol FFIV.

In 2010 and 2011, F5 Networks was on Fortune's list of 100 Fastest-Growing Companies. The company was also rated one of the top ten best-performing stocks by S&P 500 in 2010. F5 was also named a Best Place to Work by online jobs and recruiting site Glassdoor in 2015 and 2016.

Competitors included Cisco Systems (until 2012), Citrix Systems, and Radware.

François Locoh-Donou replaced John McAdam as president and CEO on April 3, 2017.

Ben Gibson hired as CMO July 20, 2016.

F5's BIG-IP product family comprises hardware, modularized software, and virtual appliances that run the F5 TMOS operating system. Depending on the appliance selected, one or more BIG-IP product modules can be added. Offerings include:

On September 7, 2004, F5 Networks released version 9.0 of the BIG-IP software in addition to appliances to run the software. Version 9.0 also marked the introduction of the company’s TMOS architecture, with significant enhancements including:

Subsequent releases enhanced performance, improves application security, and supported cloud application deployments.

F5 describes BIG-IQ as a framework for managing BIG-IP devices and application services, irrespective of their form factors (hardware, software or cloud) or deployment model (on-premises, private/public cloud or hybrid). BIG-IQ supports integration with other ecosystem participants such as public cloud providers, and orchestration engines through cloud connectors and through a set of open RESTful APIs. BIG-IQ uses a multi-tenant approach to management. This allows organizations to move closer to IT as a Service without concern that it might affect the stability or security of the services fabric.

Herculon is a product line designed for security administrators. DDoS Hybrid Defender and SSL Orchestrator were introduced in January 2017.

Silverline is a cloud-based application service. Its offerings include security services such as WAF and DDoS protection services.

In 2017, the company introduced technologies to make F5 capabilities more portable across a broader range of IT environments, including:

Coordinates: 47°37′20″N 122°21′49″W / 47.622219°N 122.363493°W / 47.622219; -122.363493

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F5 Networks, Inc. FFIV report Q4 2017
Period
Date
Adjusted Actuals EPS
GAAP EPS
Q2 2018
2018-04-25
--
--
Q1 2018
2018-01-24
--
--
Q4 2017
2017-10-25
2.4400
2.1400
Q3 2017
2017-07-26
2.0300
1.5200
Q2 2017
2017-04-26
1.9500
1.4300
Q1 2017
2017-01-25
1.9800
1.4400
Q4 2016
2016-10-26
2.1100
1.6400
Q3 2016
2016-07-20
1.8100
1.3700
Q2 2016
2016-04-20
1.6800
1.1100
Q1 2016
2016-01-20
1.7300
1.2800
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Funds
Fund Name
Ticker shares
BANK OF MONTREAL /CAN/
1745173
Bank of New York Mellon Corp
1426890
BlackRock Fund Advisors
1311932
BlackRock Inc.
4404873
BlackRock Institutional Trust Company, N.A.
1859716
Blue Harbour Group, LP
938350
Epoch Investment Partners, Inc.
1326653
First Eagle Investment Management, LLC
1548995
GOLDMAN SACHS GROUP INC
1238540
HARDING LOEVNER LP
1907775
Invesco Ltd.
1082044
RENAISSANCE TECHNOLOGIES LLC
1645174
STATE STREET CORP
3203530
Swedbank
1585665
Vanguard Group, Inc
6400279
Major Shareholders
Name Relationship
Total Shares
Holding stocks
CHRISTIANSON JEFFREY A
0.0300% (21905)
FFIV /
EAMES EDWARD JULIAN
0.0200% (12999)
FFIV /
EAMES EDWARD JULIAN
0.0500% (33536)
FFIV /
BEVIER DEBORAH L
0.0100% (7952)
FFIV / OUTR /
HIGGINSON ALAN
0.0200% (13310)
FFIV /
MCADAM JOHN
0.0500% (39642)
APTI / DATA / FFIV /
TRIEBES KARL D
0.0100% (10746)
FFIV /
AMES A GARY
0.0200% (11613)
FFIV / IPAS /
BERGERON SANDRA K
0.0100% (9160)
FFIV / QLYS /
Matte Dan
0.0300% (24638)
FFIV /
Reinland Andrew
0.0200% (14179)
FFIV /
Reinland Andrew
0.0200% (17212)
FFIV /
DiLullo John D
0.0100% (4786)
ARUN / FFIV /
DiLullo John D
0.0100% (4894)
ARUN / FFIV /
Chadwick Jonathan
0.0100% (8769)
CTSH / FFIV / NOW / VMW /
Smith Stephen M
0.0100% (9160)
EQIX / FFIV / NTAP /
Rivelo Manuel Felix
0.0200% (17414)
APOL / FFIV /
Klein Peter S
0.0100% (4872)
APTI / FFIV /
Feringa Thomas David
0.0100% (8787)
FFIV /
Dreyer Michael L
0.0100% (9618)
FFIV / FNSR / SIVB /
Rogers Scot Frazier
0.0100% (5161)
FFIV /
Rogers Scot Frazier
0.0100% (5626)
FFIV /
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