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F5 Networks expands managed security services footprint in Middle East

F5 Networks expands managed security services footprint in Middle East

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F5 Networks has launched a new Silverline Cloud Platform Point of Presence (PoP) in Bahrain.

The move, stated F5 Networks, is part a global expansion strategy to help customers better adapt to rapidly evolving threat imperatives and a new diversity of cloud consumption opportunities.

According to the company, Silverline enables the deployment of security services for every app, regardless of location and without upfront investments in IT infrastructure and support.

The new PoP will provide improved application performance and reduced latency for Silverline Managed Services customers in the Middle East, Africa and adjacent regions. It encompasses F5’s Silverline Web Application Firewall (WAF), Silverline DDoS Protection, Silverline Shape Defence and Silverline Threat Intelligence offerings.

Bahrain is F5’s third Silverline PoP serving the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region, with the others located in the UK and Germany. F5 currently operates 12 other Silverline PoPs worldwide.

“The Bahrain PoP significantly enhances our ability to provide high-value managed security services that optimise and secure applications wherever they reside. It is also an acknowledgement of the Middle East’s continued and growing leadership in the cloud computing space,” said Mohammed Abukhater, RVP, F5 Middle East and Africa.

“Our customers in the Middle East, Africa and adjacent regions can now leverage Global Server Load Balancing (GSLB) to intelligently route end-users’ traffic through the Silverline Managed Services Platform PoP without latency issues. Today’s launch is a key part of our global regional PoP expansion programme and will unlock a host of new opportunities for our local customers.”

Bahrain was chosen for F5’s latest PoP location due to its strategic geography and burgeoning cloud computing credentials.

As a case in point, it was the first country in the Middle East to adopt a ‘cloud-first policy’ and the Bahraini government is currently aiming to reduce spending on IT infrastructure by up to 90%.

Last July, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the availability of the Middle East (Bahrain) Region, which is the first AWS Region in the Middle East. Bahrain was also one of the first countries worldwide to roll out commercial 5G.

From a broader regional perspective, Bahrain is proving increasingly influential in the development of the public cloud services across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Gartner estimates that the region’s market is set to exceed US$ 3 billion this year, with annual revenues increasing by 21% and cloud application services topping US$ 1.5 billion.

The PoP launch also comes as the wider EMEA region continues to stand out for its multi-cloud momentum and ambition.

According to F5’s sixth annual State of Application Services (SOAS) report, 88% of surveyed EMEA organisations are now leveraging multi-cloud environments, compared to 87% in the Americas and 86% in the APCJ region. 27% of EMEA respondents also claimed they will have more than half of their applications in the cloud by the end of 2020. Over half (54%) agreed that cloud in all its forms is the top strategic trend for the next two to five years.

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