Korea's Pohang U Accelerates and Secures SAP and Web Apps with F5 System

Korea's Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) will be optimizing its application delivery infrastructure by implementing the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) with Application Security Manager from F5 Networks. The installation will focus on upgrading availability and delivery of SAP applications, Web mail and the school's Web pages.

The school will be the BIG-IP solution for L7 switching functionality (in which packets are transported based on what they contain), secure socket layer (SSL) acceleration, application health checking, network firewall, Web application firewall, Web acceleration, and customizable traffic rules capabilities. The university is also planning to deploy additional security devices, such as an SSL virtual private network (VPN) appliance, and quality of service technology to maintain application and network availability.

"BIG-IP LTM has helped to ensure high availability, load balancing and accelerated application delivery at POSTECH," said Ki-jong Kim, IT department manager at POSTECH. "We are now able to operate our existing application servers in a stable, secure and efficient manner."

According to a statement from the vendor, POSTECH’s previous set of point solutions no longer met its needs, and the institution was looking for a system to secure and optimize application delivery. The university also wanted to improve provisioning and configuration management efficiency.

About the Author

Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at dian@dischaffhauser.com or on Twitter @schaffhauser.

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