Steps Your choice of converged or hyperconverged infrastructure, platform, and scaling model will dictate your next steps. 1. Configure the platform. Virtual appliances are easy to deploy into an integrated system. Just deploy the image (the image and the deployment method are hypervisor- and system-dependent), using the hypervisor virtual switch technology to expose the networks required, and then license the appliance. For hardware appliances, make sure there’s high-performance connectivity from the device to all networks you want app delivery services on. Using multiple high-capacity trunks into the switch fabric enables network traffic from applications running within the system to be managed by the BIG-IP or VIPRION platform. Ensure traffic from all relevant VLANs is exposed to the platform so services can be inserted wherever they’re needed. 2. Configure application services. With a running platform connected to the desired networks, it’s time to configure application services. For simplified management and robust, repeatable deployments, use an iApp template when possible. iApp templates turn deployment best practices for specific applications into simple wizards, so you only have to supply site-specific information, such as IP addressing. There are over twenty F5-supported, fully customizable templates, covering many common applications. The templates can also be API driven, allowing management systems to create blueprinted deployments with a few simple REST calls. Result The applications running in your integrated systems are optimized by the security, performance, and availability delivered by F5 application services.