It's software. It's hardware. It's hybrid.

Software plays an important part in the fabric of today’s network, but it’s not a software-only world.

Your business requirements drive your technology decisions. Those decisions are what give you the ability to make the right choices at the right time. That means faster time to market, reduced costs, and an undeniably agile network.

That’s why F5 offers robust, scalable solutions that include both software and hardware.

New Opportunities Require New Architectures.

What opportunities is your business poised to seize today? How can you build an architecture that anticipates what’s next? Click a scenario and watch your business’s future take shape.

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Put Your Services Where Your Apps Are.

The new network has to deliver application services—from security to acceleration—that used to only be available via hardware Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs).

Application services fuel app experiences. So they have to be in the same place. And those services better be everywhere your apps are—from the data center to the cloud, from San Francisco to Singapore. If they aren’t, availability, speed, and security suffer.


Why Software Is Only One Part Of The Story.

Software plays an important role in today’s network. But, software alone doesn’t define the new network.

Software solutions that serve solely as point solutions not only add complexity to your network, they also introduce interoperability issues that make it harder to scale your business. Plus, some workloads, like SSL offloading and defending against DDoS attacks, demand the processor power only hardware can provide.

And the services that feed your apps? They need to be part of a unified, robust platform, so the policies that govern those services follow your apps too, however they’re deployed—data center, cloud, or hybrid. Otherwise you’ve bought yourself an IT management nightmare.

Uniquely Cloud-Ready.

Moving applications to the cloud gives your business added flexibility, can help trim costs, and frees up IT for strategic projects. But it can also cause some significant headaches.

First, there’s no guarantee a cloud provider will support the application services your organization has invested in. And to complicate things, there’s no consistency between what is and isn’t supported amongst providers. The consistency issue is compounded if you want to move an app to the cloud abroad, because regulatory requirements differ widely from country to country.

The point is, an organization can’t just move applications to the cloud and assume they’ll work as expected. That is, unless you’re using F5’s unified platform. It’s the only platform that lets you replicate services—and the policies you’ve worked so hard to fine-tune—across environments. As a result, you’ll incur a lot less risk and spend a lot less time and money in your journey to cloud.

The Strength Of A Unified Platform-That's F5.

Configure once. Deploy anywhere.

With F5 hardware and software in place, you also gain the advantage of application fluency. Our systems work with apps from the leading application developers, including Microsoft, Oracle, and Cisco.

F5 provides a unified platform that standardizes network services so the policies that govern an application service stay with it. Your apps will work in any environment. And they’ll work the same way in any environment. That means you can simplify your network, saving time and money.

A unified platform anchors your network. And, your new network is the blend of software and hardware that best serves the requirements your business hinges on.

What Do The New Architectures Look Like?

F5 experts talk about how software, hardware, and hybrid fit into the new network.