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F5 Networks - BigIP Market Penetration (by IP Address)
August 1st, 2004

F5 is a company specializing in networking and security products. F5's load balancer is finding its way into many organizations. This report leverages returned information found in the HTTP protocol allowing us to detect the existence of F5 products, and thus report on the market penetration rate of these products.

The detection of F5 is done via two basic mechanisms:

1. The server signature may return back an indicator of "BigIP".

$ telnet 80 Trying Connected to Escape character is '^]'. GET / HTTP/1.0 HTTP/1.0 301 Moved Permanently Location: Server: BigIP Connection: close Content-Length: 0 Connection closed by foreign host. $

2. The cookies returned back may indicate a load balancer is in use.

$ telnet 80 Trying Connected to Escape character is '^]'. GET / HTTP/1.0 HTTP/1.0 301 Moved Permanently Content-Type: text/html; charset=UTF-8 Location: Server: Microsoft-IIS/7.5 X-Powered-By: ASP.NET Date: Sat, 20 Jun 2015 19:28:31 GMT Connection: close Content-Length: 151 Set-Cookie: BIGipServerWebCluster_4=1137223872.20480.0000; path=/ Connection closed by foreign host. $

The following graph and table demonstrates the percentage of IP addresses that are indicating one of the above mentioned signatures. The sample size (the # of distinct IP addresses hosting a web server of some sort) is: 2,419,814.

F5 BigIP Historical Market Share Graph

Date BigIP Count IP Address Sample Size % Share % Growth
Jul 20041,4832,419,8140.062.27
Jun 20041,4032,341,2540.062.06
May 20041,4042,391,2930.06-0.10
Apr 20041,3952,373,5010.061.72
Mar 20041,3632,358,8680.062.56
Feb 20041,3282,357,2110.06-2.43
Jan 20041,3522,341,4630.062.68
Dec 20031,3112,331,2380.064.52
Nov 20031,2442,312,0090.058.74
Oct 20031,1452,313,9900.052.33
Sep 20031,1032,280,9770.052.29
Aug 20031,0582,237,9570.051.49
Jul 20031,0422,236,9290.052.42
Jun 20039992,196,5360.055.31
May 20039502,199,6290.045.01
Apr 20038882,159,1800.042.79
Mar 20038552,136,9670.040.45
Feb 20038282,078,8230.04-1.83
Jan 20038252,033,4450.042.67
Dec 20027641,933,4630.041.93
Nov 20027661,976,0330.044.10
Oct 20027381,981,8410.042.29
Sep 20027091,947,6160.044.14
Aug 20026781,939,5450.036.62
Jul 20026401,952,0020.03N/A

This report was added to our monthly roster of reports on July 1st, 2015, with backdated reports dating back to July 2002 added on June 23rd, 2015.

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