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F5 and VMware Solutions Streamline Live Migration and Desktop Virtualization

F5’s BIG-IP products combine with VMware and EMC solutions to efficiently migrate virtual machines; deliver high availability and optimized performance for VMware View™ deployments

LAS VEGAS – Today at VMworld® 2011, F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, announced enhanced capabilities for data center-to-data center live migration and desktop virtualization deployments. Through F5’s integration efforts with VMware, EMC, and other organizations, customers can maximize the value of technology investments and enable cost savings for virtualization and cloud deployments.

“We have a great track record with VMware and enjoy strong partnerships with leading companies like EMC in developing powerful integration capabilities that customers can use to make their IT infrastructures agile and efficient,” said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5. “With F5’s application control plane architecture, organizations can easily layer in application services on demand to support more cost-effective computing models. As customers look to reap additional savings from automation, virtualization, and cloud resources, they can be confident in the interoperability of solutions from F5 and its technology partners.” 

Seamless, Efficient Live Migration Between Data Centers with F5, VMware, and EMC

Following its initial demonstration at VMworld 2009, F5 has collaborated with VMware and EMC to simplify the migration of virtual applications between geographically dispersed data centers. Since the technology’s original introduction, customers have been able to use F5’s BIG-IP® products in conjunction with VMware vSphere®, VMware vMotion®, and VMware Storage vMotion® to distribute application deployments across multiple data centers to increase infrastructure resilience, enhance availability, and improve end-user performance. However, one of the primary obstacles to broader adoption has been the requirement to also migrate the storage data associated with applications across the WAN. EMC VPLEX Metro provides a globally coherent active-active storage virtualization platform—meaning live migrations of virtual applications can now be performed without this requirement. This change enables organizations to perform reliable, secure, and accelerated live migrations over greater distances. Additionally, by making the process of migrating virtual machines more efficient, it brings the business benefits of a distributed mobile computing platform within reach for organizations with large amounts of storage data associated with their applications. 

Streamlined, Optimized Virtual Desktop Deployments with VMware and F5

Building on its previously announced support for VMware View, F5 is also introducing capabilities to help customers further accelerate virtual desktop environments. A new iApps template provides preferred configurations to optimize performance and enable swift deployments. With the built-in intelligence of F5’s detailed deployment guidance for VMware View, the customizable iApps template dramatically reduces the deployment time, thus helping organizations quickly implement virtual desktop solutions.

In addition, F5 is announcing enhanced single namespace capabilities to help customers manage user access to a globally distributed virtual desktop infrastructure supported by multiple data centers. With BIG-IP solutions, customers can access VMware View desktops from a single shared namespace—that is, without requiring a separate namespace for respective geographic locations, separate business units, or other access variables. The F5® solution also provides streamlined access to clients such as Apple iPad, Microsoft Windows 7, and even zero-client platforms. The integration between F5 and VMware solutions greatly simplifies access models and enhances management for IT staff by streamlining the administrative tasks typically associated with supporting desktop virtualization capabilities for users on the road.

 “Our technology partnership with F5 continues to produce value for joint customers seeking to implement dynamic virtual desktop infrastructure solutions,” said Raj Mallempati, Director, End-User Computing Product Marketing at VMware. “Through focused integration efforts, we’re able to offer organizations the ability to perform live migrations between data centers and efficiently scale VMware View virtual desktop deployments. BIG-IP solutions extend the capabilities of VMware View solutions, helping customers further automate and configure application and desktop delivery infrastructures to ably support their cloud environments.” 

F5 Networks at VMworld 2011 in Las Vegas

Visit F5 at booth #1131 in the main exhibition hall to learn how F5 solutions support desktop virtualization, live migration, and other virtualization and cloud deployment scenarios. More information about F5-related activities at VMworld 2011 can be found in this media alert.


All F5, VMware, and EMC products and technologies referenced in this announcement are currently available.

About F5

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control” across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive business forward. For more information, go to

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