VMware is the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure. Customers of all sizes rely on VMware to reduce capital and operating expenses, ensure business continuity, strengthen security, and maintain a competitive edge. F5 brings significant increases in performance, scalability, and availability, as well as security to IT environments that run on VMware. Discover how F5 and VMware integrated solutions speed deployment and optimize ROI.
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Existing network and data center architectures can be complex, costly to manage, and slow to respond to constant change. With shifting traffic patterns and the explosion of users, devices, and applications, organizations demand speed to innovation, reduced time to market, and an agile network. Combining VMware Software-Defined Data Center architectural approach and F5 Software Defined Application Services allows for increased agility, faster application deployments, and better data center economics.
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BIG-IQ Cloud and NSX integration allows automated deployment of F5 Software-Defined Application Services, reduced deployment time, and simplified operations for application layer acceleration, security, and availability services.
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VMware NSX for vSphere (NSX-v) and F5 BIG-IP
VMware NSX for vSphere (NSX-v) and F5 BIG-IP Best Practices Guide
F5 can help you improve security and control for your private, public, or hybrid VMware cloud infrastructure while delivering streamlined user access. F5 also offers the ability to deploy F5 software in the vCloud Air to ensure application availability in both the data center and vCloud Air – all on a single platform.
VMware and F5 have integrated F5 BIG-IQ Cloud with NSX. This integration enables IT organizations to provision and configure F5 BIG-IP application delivery networking services seamlessly as part of the natural application provisioning workflow within vCloud Suite.
BIG-IP Application Security Manager provides an application firewall service that secures and protects administrator and user access to the vCloud Suite. As more applications are migrated to the cloud, it becomes vital to secure cloud administration consoles from attack.
vCloud Suite enables applications to automatically adjust to changing traffic patterns, network conditions, and other factors. BIG-IP integrates with vCloud Suite to respond automatically to your changing application needs. For example, as vCloud Suite application instances are added or removed for elasticity, BIG-IP can be dynamically and automatically modified in response.
BIG-IP iApps are pre-configured policy templates that encapsulate and abstract an entire application delivery service configuration. iApps facilitate self-service consumption within vCloud Suite by users who are not comfortable or authorized to configure BIG-IP services independently. This helps the network provider team control network policies, while giving consumers immediate access to BIG-IP services.
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The challenges of moving workloads to the cloud while maintaining application availability and mature management tools have limited public cloud adoption to secondary or even test workloads. Now customers have the ability to bring their F5 licenses to vCloud Air, ensuring availability within the traditional data center and in the VMware cloud.
The ability to deploy F5 software in the vCloud Air ensures application availability in both the data center and the vCloud Air. Customers now have the ability to adopt vCloud Air for automated disaster recovery and business continuity (DR\BC), hybrid cloud application deployments, cloud bursting, and global application availability.
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Solution Overview: Scale and Secure your Applications in VMware vCloud AirTM with F5 BIG-IP LTM and BIG-IP ASM
Video: Securing Cloud Web Applications with F5 and vCloud Air
Today’s ongoing technology transition to a “mobility first” environment is making a profound impact on how organizations operate. With mobile devices and applications often taking center stage, the evolution opens up a world of interesting opportunities, but also puts a strain on IT to cost-effectively provide secure environments that encourage rather than hamper productivity. Together, F5 with VMware Horizon and AirWatch, you gain greater access control and server efficiency while delivering high performance, high availability, and a more productive environment for your business.
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Confidently migrate your network infrastructure for end-user computing. The right technology combination—like F5 and VMware—can help you improve availability, enhance scalability and strengthen security.
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