F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) and NGINX recently announced a definitive agreement under which F5 will acquire all issued and outstanding shares of privately held NGINX.

“F5’s acquisition of NGINX strengthens our growth trajectory by accelerating our software and multi-cloud transformation,” said François Locoh-Donou, president and CEO of F5.

“By bringing F5’s world-class application security and rich application services portfolio for improving performance, availability, and management together with NGINX’s leading software application delivery and API management solutions, unparalleled credibility and brand recognition in the DevOps community, and massive open source user base, we bridge the divide between NetOps and DevOps with consistent application services across an enterprise’s multi-cloud environment.

“We believe every organisation can benefit from the agility and flexibility enabled by modern technologies without compromising on security, manageability, and reliability,” continued Locoh-Donou. “The combined company will enable every customer – from the app developer to the network engineer to the security specialist – with the tools they need to ensure their apps are available and secure across every platform, from the enterprise data centre to private and public clouds.”

F5 will enhance NGINX’s current offerings with F5 security solutions and will integrate F5 cloud-native innovations with NGINX’s software load balancing technology, accelerating F5’s time to market of application services for modern, container­ised applications. F5 will also leverage its global sales force, channel infrastructure, and partner ecosystem to scale NGINX selling opportunities to the enterprise.

“NGINX and F5 share the same mission and vision. We both believe applications are at the heart of driving digital transformation. And we both believe that an end-to-end application infrastructure – one that spans from code to customer – is needed to deliver apps across a multi-cloud environment,” said Gus Robertson, CEO of NGINX, Inc.

“I’m excited to continue this journey by adding the power of NGINX’s open source innovation to F5’s ADC leadership and enterprise reach. F5 gains depth with solutions designed for DevOps, while NGINX gains breadth with access to tens of thousands of customers and partners.” NGINX’s thriving open source community was one of the most attractive elements of this combination, and F5 recognises the trust that the user community has in NGINX’s technology. Open source is a core part of F5’s multi-cloud strategy and a driver for F5’s next phase of innovation. As such, F5 is committed to continued innovation and increasing investment in the NGINX open source project to empower NGINX’s widespread user communities. F5 expects the combination with NGINX will accelerate its product integrations with leading open source projects and will enhance its strong technology partnerships with open source vendors.

On Thursday, May 30, F5 together with their Malta-based affiliates, eWorld Limited, will be hosting a half day, technical seminar to showcase F5 latest solutions aimed at making multi-cloud transition easier and smoother. The event will be held at the Corinthia Palace Hotel, Attard, commencing with a networking breakfast and ending with a networking lunch. The seminar will discuss the future of the applications and attendees will be shown demos on API security, cloud native application development and service mesh, as well as automation and orchestration. Attendance is complimentary. Registration is now open at interact.f5.com/F5MaltaUserGroupMAY30. For more details around the event, please contact: events@sloane.com.mt.

eWorld is a leading technology solutions provider with 15 years of experience in designing, implementing and supporting complex IT environments. An HP Gold Partner, eWorld’s focus is on enterprise servers and storage, data protection solutions, virtualisation and cloud, networking and IT security solutions. eWorld forms part of the Alf. Mizzi Group of Companies.

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