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F5 Networks, Inc. (FFIV), Netflix, Inc. (NFLX): This Company Is In The Sweet Spot Of 2 Huge Internet Trends

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A Company Whose Coffers are Benefiting from Two Internet Megatrends
There are two undisputed Internet megatrends — growing worldwide usage and the need for tighter security.

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) benefits from both.

The company’s flagship product, F5 BIG-IP 5000, is a high-performance “switch” — a device that manages data for large networks. Customers include cell phone network operators such as AT&T Inc. (NYSE:T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE:VZ). Major network software providers, including Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT)Oracle Corporation (NYSE:ORCL) and SAP AG (ADR) (NYSE:SAP) also utilize F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV)’s wares.

This equipment acts as a gateway between users and the data servers, while maintaining security.

As a way to visualize these services, think about connecting to Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX). You request a movie, and the switch decides which of the Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)’s servers should deliver that movie to you. The switch is responsible for finding a server not being fully utilized to send your request so that it can be processed quickly.

It also defends against so-called distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which try to overwhelm a company’s servers and prevent legitimate users from accessing service. A recent survey found that more than a third of large companies experienced a disruptive attack in 2012. More than a quarter of the attacks led to costs between $50,000 and $100,000 an hour, with the average attack lasting more than 30 hours.

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