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f5-designcenterF5 Networks is expanding its footprint in New York City with the grand opening today of its International Technology Center, a new 10,000 square foot space at 600 Lexington Avenue.

That’s an expensive slice of real estate for a spot to test networking equipment and software, ensuring that it is reliable and secure. In fact, the International Technology Center is specifically designed so that engineers and network managers can test their systems against cyber threats, a growing concern as more devices come on to corporate networks.

“The goal of all our international technology centers is to help organizations leverage technology and apply it to the real world challenges and scenarios they face,”  said Kathleen Ferraro, VP of Product Management and Product Marketing at F5 Networks. “For example, we can help a customer architect a single, simpler environment that heightens their security posture and then demonstrate in the ITC how their business is better protected by preventing data leakage and mitigating DDoS, DNS, and other attacks.”

The company is hosting a grand opening ceremony today, which will include remarks by F5 CEO John McAdam and Congressman Adam Smith, the Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Smith, who represents Washington State’s 9th District, said in a press release that the new F5 center is especially important “in light of intensified focus on global cyber security.”

F5, which employs 3,125 people, including about 1,200 in Washington state, also operates International Technology Centers in Seattle and  London.

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