Extract Maximum Value From Your Microsoft Investments

For more than a decade, F5 and Microsoft have worked together to create joint solutions that help you get the most value from your technology investments. Whether for dynamic data centers, cloud solutions, or unified communications, F5 provides intelligent application delivery by placing strategic points of control in your infrastructure. Deep integration, expert deployment guidance, and a vibrant support community enable F5 products to enhance Microsoft technologies with maximum availability, performance, and security.

Microsoft Exchange Server

Microsoft Exchange Server, the leading system for email messaging and calendar functionality, enables users to access mailboxes from wherever they go—on PCs and mobile devices, and through web browsers.

 

F5 provides an intelligent application delivery solution for Exchange Server, which combines dynamic network products for securing, optimizing, and accelerating the Exchange environment with world-class professional services support. And, through ongoing close collaboration with Microsoft, F5 provides early support for Exchange Server 2013. With F5, you can maximize the ROI on your Exchange deployments.

 

Improve Exchange performance

F5 products apply optimizations to enhance performance—such as caching, compression, TCP connection optimization, and SSL offload.

Support Exchange Server 2013

F5 works closely with Microsoft to support its newest products, and offers deployment documentation and tools for the latest release—Exchange Server 2013.

Improve your security posture

With an ICSA Labs-certified network and application firewall that creates a service-oriented perimeter for Exchange, as well as traffic monitoring, pre-authentication, and access control for mobile devices, F5 ensures the security of your email environment.

Achieve maximum uptime for Exchange

F5 provides built-in disaster recovery to deliver five nines (99.999 percent) of availability for Exchange Server—thanks to intelligent traffic direction and network optimization features.

Microsoft Lync Server

The Microsoft Lync Server unified communications platform helps enterprise users manage real-time communications, including IM, VoIP, and audio and video web conferencing.

 

The F5 Application Ready Solution for Microsoft Lync Server maximizes security, availability, reliability, and speed for your unified communications deployment. F5 and Microsoft work closely to ensure successful interoperability and top performance for your environment, with a well-documented, prescriptive solution that also reduces deployment, management, and administration costs.

 

Achieve high availability

F5 products apply optimizations to enhance performance—such as caching, compression, TCP connection optimization, and SSL offload.

Support Exchange Server 2013

F5 ensures high service availability for Lync Server. Even if one or more Lync servers fail, F5 intelligent load balancing redistributes the workload between remaining servers.

Improve performance

The F5 solution offloads CPU-intensive tasks, such as SSL processing and compression, from your Lync servers to F5 devices. F5 also provides TCP connection optimizations that improve the efficiency and speed of your application traffic.

Scale quickly and efficiently

It’s easy to scale your Lync Server deployment with F5. Simply add a new server to the network and add the IP address to the F5 load balancing pool, and traffic goes immediately to the newly provisioned node.

Ensure a responsive and resilient environment

F5 actively monitors the health and responsiveness of your Lync Server environment to ensure that users are connected to the most available, appropriate server. F5 also provides fault tolerance by monitoring site-level application availability and transparently redirecting users to another site in the event of a site-level outage.

Increase management efficiency

F5 iApps Templates for Lync Server and step-by-step configuration guidance can help you reduce deployment cycles by one third. And because the F5 solution provides a central point of control for Lync in the data center, it reduces management effort overall.

Microsoft SharePoint Server

Microsoft SharePoint Server makes it easier for people to work together using enterprise collaboration websites for sharing and managing information, documents, and data.

 

F5 works closely with Microsoft to develop Application Ready Solutions for SharePoint. These solutions ensure your network is SharePoint-ready with a complete suite of application infrastructure technologies that secure and accelerate your deployment. Using custom-developed policies and profiles, you’ll be able to deliver high availability and top performance for SharePoint— and you’ll also gain support for the newest release, SharePoint Server 2013.

 

Achieve high availability

F5 products apply optimizations to enhance performance—such as caching, compression, TCP connection optimization, and SSL offload.

Improve SharePoint performance

F5 WAN optimizations increase SharePoint Server performance by 5x—including document check-in and check-out.

Extend server capacity

By offloading CPU-intensive tasks such as SSL processing and compression to F5 devices, you can gain more than 25 percent server capacity.

Reduce bandwidth consumption

Achieve 20x – 30x bandwidth reduction for remote office SharePoint users with F5’s advanced WAN optimization technologies. F5 solutions adapt in real time to latency, packet loss, and congestion characteristics of WAN links, to fully use available bandwidth.

Reduce data backup times

Take advantage of remote BLOB (Binary Large Object) storage and F5 ARX intelligent file virtualization to significantly reduce backup times—and further enhance SharePoint performance.

Microsoft Virtualization

Microsoft provides a comprehensive platform and a suite of management technologies to help you create an integrated, end-to-end virtualized infrastructure.

 

Through its close collaboration and technology integration with Microsoft, F5 helps you dynamically manage IT resources in a virtualized application environment. Take advantage of step-by-step guidance for deploying F5 solutions with Windows Server Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to get the most from your virtualization initiatives.

 

Achieve high application availability

The benefits of the F5 platform apply to all apps, whether deployed physically or virtually. F5 helps you eliminate bottlenecks before they happen and improve business workflow—without the user being aware of the backend process.

Simplify disaster recovery

F5 solutions take the guesswork out of multi-data center deployments of Windows Server Hyper-V, routing network traffic as needed to manage changes in virtual machine activity for disaster recovery and data center failover scenarios.

Boost performance

Improve the performance of virtual desktop machines by accelerating WAN connections. F5’s WAN application delivery services maximize available bandwidth and accelerate the transmission of protocols such as Remote Desktop Protocol to ensure consistently high performance for users.

 

Microsoft Remote Desktop Services

Remote Desktop Services (formerly known as Terminal Services) is a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) component of Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012 that lets users work anywhere by extending desktop and application deployments to any device.

 

As enterprises deploy Remote Desktop Services in their environment, security, network performance, and service availability become critical success factors. F5's advanced traffic management capabilities help you ensure that users can securely access Remote Desktop Services with the best end-user experience possible.

 

Improved user experience

Deployed over streaming protocols, Remote Desktop Services is designed to deliver workspace and application environments directly to the remote user. Any issues in the network, including packet loss or delay, will result in a poor end-user experience. F5 helps you optimize and accelerate network connectivity regardless of the end-user device or location, resulting in a better user experience.

Enhanced security

Remote Desktop Services is typically deployed as a gateway into the internal organization. F5 helps you protect these resources with firewall and secure remote access solutions that minimize the risk of potential security breaches.

Fast and seamless user connectivity

F5 helps you deliver top performance by ensuring users are always connected to the best-performing Remote Desktop Services service. And by enabling F5’s Remote Desktop Services persistence profile, you can ensure that users who reconnect are joined with their previously established desktop environment—for a seamless user experience.

 

Microsoft Windows Server

The Microsoft Windows Server platform helps IT pros maximize control over their infrastructure while providing unprecedented availability and management capabilities. The newest release, Windows Server 2012, provides a complete virtualization environment and connectivity to cloud services for rich user experiences and greater efficiency.

 

Through close collaboration, integration, and thorough testing with Microsoft, F5 offers comprehensive guidance on using the F5 Application Ready Solution to implement Windows Server components—such as Internet Information Services (IIS) and Remote Desktop Services (RDS)—for optimal performance and availability.

 

Gain server capacity

F5 can help you gain 25 percent server capacity by offloading CPU-intensive tasks such as SSL, compression, and caching from Windows Server to F5 solutions.

Speed and simplify administration

F5 solutions streamline administration by automating network reconfigurations during changes to virtualized applications running on Windows Server and Hyper-V.

Provide a better user experience

Maintain client-server persistence for Microsoft DirectAccess deployments to eliminate user disruptions.

Boost performance

Improve application response times for users with intelligent traffic management, TCP optimization, and server offload capabilities. With F5, you can decrease up to 98 percent of server connections from the Microsoft IIS component of Windows Server.

Ease the transition to IPv6

Meet IPv6 demands with F5 solutions that perform IPv6/IPv4 translation.

 

Microsoft Internet Information Services

Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), a component of Windows Server, provides a secure, easy-to-manage platform for hosting websites, services, and applications.

 

F5 Application Ready Solutions guarantee an optimized and efficient network for IIS, to ensure that you get the most from the applications and services you operate. F5 improves IIS performance, availability, and scalability, and also reduces deployment cycles and management costs. To streamline and enhance your web and application server environment, take advantage of F5’s comprehensive IIS configuration and deployment guidance.

 

Reduce bandwidth consumption

F5 TCP and WAN optimization technologies help reduce bandwidth use for IIS deployments by as much as 80 percent.

Minimize stress on servers

F5 solutions reduce resource consumption by offloading processor-intensive tasks. You can offload up to 98 percent of server connections from IIS to F5 devices.

Improve performance for users up to 70%

By providing TCP optimization and SSL offload, F5 solutions for IIS can improve your website, services, and application performance by up to 70 percent.

Enhance server capacity

F5’s ability to offload many tasks, such as SSL processing, compression, and caching, also enable you to free up more than 25 percent capacity from your IIS servers.

Microsoft DirectAccess and Forefront Unified Access Gateway

Microsoft DirectAccess and Forefront Unified Access Gateway (UAG) provide secure remote access to corporate resources from a range of endpoints and locations, including managed and unmanaged PCs and mobile devices. Forefront UAG enforces granular access controls based on a user’s identity and device health, and includes built-in access control mechanisms such as advanced authentication, SSL VPN, application authorization, and endpoint inspection.

 

F5 provides the network infrastructure and step-by-step configuration guidance you need to scale your Microsoft DirectAccess and Forefront UAG deployments and ensure high availability, performance, and security—for maximum ROI.

 

High availability and scalability

By intelligently managing traffic to the Microsoft DirectAccess/Forefront UAG services, F5 provides the highest levels of availability, scalability, and performance at both local and global levels.

Remote access functionality

F5 augments the Microsoft DirectAccess/Forefront UAG remote access solution by providing enhanced VPN capabilities to mobile devices that are not domain-joined, not Windows-based, or not PC-based.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft Dynamics CRM is a customer relationship management (CRM) suite with marketing, sales, and service capabilities that help businesses of all sizes to find, develop, and win profitable customer relationships.

 

F5 solutions guarantee an optimized and efficient network for your Microsoft Dynamics CRM environment. They help you ensure top performance, high availability and scalability, and tight security for customer data. With F5, you can improve the Microsoft Dynamics CRM user experience while providing your IT department with step-by-step configuration guidance to reduce deployment cycles, streamline management, and ultimately trim costs.

 

Accelerate CRM performance

F5 provides superior network traffic optimization, making sure that network performance works for you, not against you. Server performance is further accelerated by offloading CPU-intensive tasks such as caching, compression, and SSL processing—from your CRM servers to F5 devices.

Ensure high availability for users

With F5, you can ensure that Microsoft Dynamics CRM users are routed to the most available and highest-performing servers. The F5 solution is “CRM system-aware,” capable of determining which CRM servers are active and delivering content.

Scale your CRM environment with ease

Through intelligent traffic management, F5 solutions facilitate a distributed deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM, making it easier to scale.

Secure your remote access environment

F5 access and security solutions also provide proxy authentication and secure remote access for Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Microsoft PowerShell

Windows PowerShell is a task-based command line shell and scripting language that helps IT pros control and automate the Windows operating system and apps that run on Windows. Using built-in Windows PowerShell commands, called cmdlets, you can manage the computers in your enterprise from the command line.

 

The BIG-IP system integrates with Windows PowerShell through F5’s web-services enabled iControl API. iControl PowerShell cmdlets and scripts make use of F5’s iControl .NET Assembly, and can be used to manage F5 devices. This integration gives you a quick, easy, and centralized way to manage F5 devices from the Windows PowerShell command line.

 

Streamline management

F5’s integration with Windows PowerShell enables you to manage your F5 devices along with other Microsoft servers (such as IIS, Exchange, and SQL) in one location, saving you time and effort.

Consolidate management

The combined solution can also integrate into Microsoft System Center (and other management consoles), further centralizing management functions.

Reduce development time

The F5 solution for Windows PowerShell brings management to a scriptable system without the complicated process of having to code or compile applications.

 

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