The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which Eric Bleeker, senior technology analyst, and Brandon Ragan, systems engineer, discuss topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Eric talks to systems engineer Brandon Ragan to get a better feel for why F5 Networks stays ahead of the competition in load balancing. Brandon explains how "iRules" increases the usability of F5 appliances but can also serve as a powerful reason for companies not to switch to competing load-balancing solutions from Cisco Systems or Juniper Networks.