Customer Breakout Sessions

APPLICATION DELIVERY
Boost your F5 investment with VMware Horizon 6 and AirWatch

Next-generation desktop and mobile environments are unlocking new levels of workforce productivity to seamlessly move information from anywhere, any time, and on any device.

Find out how to achieve this new level of collaboration by maximizing your F5 infrastructure through market-leading, economical solutions such as VMware Horizon 6 and AirWatch.

Learn the top three things to keep in mind when using your application delivery services in support of a new app publishing or virtual desktop solution. You will also discover how to get industry-leading support for security, availability, and scalability with VMware Horizon 6.

The F5 high-performance services fabric

Do you need to scale your applications, deal with the rapid growth of connected devices, or service multiple customers or business units? Join us to learn how to scale your platforms to enable a high-performance services fabric that reduces infrastructure costs, improves operational efficiency, and leads to an agile data center.

The F5 high-performance services fabric is a multi-tenant, flexible, and powerful architecture that can scale in multiple ways. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to choose the right scalability and multi-tenancy designs to meet your business requirements.

Hyper-scale and secure DNS for optimal global app growth

With new on-premises and cloud-deployed apps, the Internet of Things, and mobile devices, how do you enable an optimal user experience? With F5 intelligent DNS and global app solutions.

Using consolidated services, you can deploy F5 technology in every single data center or cloud to hyper-scale your DNS infrastructure so it can respond to increased app requests and protect against DDoS attacks and vulnerabilities. You can also quickly replicate DNS into new adjacent hybrid environments by syncing automated configurations and security postures.

Finally, optimize global app solutions that showcase intelligent app delivery across hybrid data centers and clouds.

Control your app delivery environment with programmability

Programmability is key to extending the capabilities of your BIG-IP platform. Learn the basic fundamentals of F5 programmability technologies, including iRules, iControl, and iApps. We’ll also take a look under the hood and explore some real-world use cases.

Join our F5 DevCentral experts and your peers to share ideas, get your questions answered, and get a sneak peek at the next-generation iRulesLX and iAppsLX.

Ensure application availability between hybrid data centers

Many IT organizations want the economics and speed of cloud without worrying about security and integration challenges. Hybrid data centers enable organizations to optimize their existing data center technology while securely extending capabilities such as managed cloud infrastructure services and IT as a Service. Unfortunately, traditional application management solutions fail to address the challenges of the new hybrid data centers.

Learn how to ensure high availability for web services, secure access to business productivity tools such as Microsoft Office 365 and Exchange, and optimize data replication with Oracle’s GoldenGate solution.

Kick start your HTTP/2 planning

HTTP/2 is here—and it will dramatically improve the speed and security of your mission-critical web applications. However, according to a recent survey from IDG Research, few IT departments know enough about the new protocol and the technical challenges behind implementing it.

This session will focus on the information you need to know about this major revision of the web’s core protocol, and how F5 can kick-start your HTTP/2 adoption. Learn what makes HTTP/2 different from HTTP 1.x and how this affects your infrastructure. Find out how F5 can ease the transition from HTTP/1, and help overcome barriers to implementation.

BIG-IP LTM user forum

We want to hear what you think. This is your chance to provide product input and feedback to BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) product managers.

During this interactive session, we will explore potential enhancements to improve usability, upgrades, and overall BIG-IP LTM product quality. We will also discuss what trends you are seeing in Application Delivery Networking and new use cases you would like to explore. Come prepared to share and discuss enhancements to our product, such as new protocol support, as the product managers will be there to listen and facilitate a lively discussion.

Migrating to F5 from Cisco ACE

Join us for this hands-on technical session to understand the migration path from Cisco ACE to F5.

When you choose F5 for your Cisco ACE migration, you are not only gaining the performance and scalability of the industry’s leading ADC platform, you are aligning with our shared vision of app-focused data environments. Our conversion scripts allow you to migrate your existing ACE configurations to BIG-IP without starting from scratch. With iApps, our user-customizable framework, you’ll have the power to automate tasks and save time.

Deploying F5 SDAS with integrated systems

Today, you are increasingly deploying integrated systems in favor of traditional IT infrastructures. The benefits are clear: speed of deployment combined with lower CapEx and OpEx that result in a highly improved time-to-value. Every enterprise application deployed on an integrated system (converged and hyper-converged) needs Software-Defined Application Services (SDAS)—Layer 4–7 services that secure and optimize your apps.

Join this session to learn how F5 has teamed up with leading providers of integrated systems to deliver a full range of Layer 4–7 services.

Predictions: Your data center in 3–5 years

IT is changing more rapidly than ever and it’s not just the technology bits. The business of IT is changing as quickly as the technology, and your infrastructure is adapting to these changes. Everything-as-a-Service, re-architecting for the cloud, and line-of-business owners driving technology decisions mean new skillsets are needed within IT to support new models—all while the business needs to stay online.

In this session, learn about a key factors driving IT change over the next 3–5 years and how you can prepare today for a new application infrastructure model tomorrow.

CLOUD
A customer’s journey to hybrid cloud architecture

Organizations face many challenges when considering a cloud platform. Some companies experiment with provider services to meet their application performance, availability, and security needs, only to find that these services lack maturity—features, functionality, and effectiveness.

Discover how critical communications provider Everbridge architected a common, repeatable, and portable application services policy across both public and private infrastructure. Join us for this customer perspective to understand what does and does not work for your journey to the hybrid cloud—and how to reduce risk along the way.

Delivering F5 services for applications in the hybrid cloud

There is no real debate regarding the dominance of hybrid cloud architectures in the future. But to make a hybrid cloud deployment model feasible, you need consistent application services across your local data centers, private clouds, and public cloud environments. This ensures availability, security, and performance for all of your applications.

Find out more about the F5 virtual ADC platform (F5 BIG-IP virtual editions), top hybrid cloud use cases, and F5 Ready cloud partners. Gain technical implementation insights for specific clouds and see firsthand through demos how to simplify your move to the cloud with BIG-IP.

Hybrid application services: How F5 is leading the way

F5 delivers application services for performance, availability, and security across all platforms to meet your business requirements. Learn how our new cloud offerings and solutions and F5 Ready cloud partners can help simplify your move into the cloud.

Accelerate cloud deployments with new hybrid app services

Traditional centralized application delivery and security architectures fail to deliver visibility and control between applications and users when transitioning workloads to the cloud. This results in slow and expensive customized cloud implementations, a lack of cloud vendor choice and mobility, and significant security vulnerabilities.

Learn how enhanced F5 Software-Defined Application Services enable businesses to seamlessly transition workloads to single and multi-cloud environments, while maintaining visibility, security, and control.

Expand cloud app services with F5 BIG-IP VEs and LineRate What will it take to be successful in the migration to software-defined data centers (SDDCs)? Attend this session and hear how using the F5 software platform sets you up for success. You’ll learn:
  • Why the two-tier architecture enables agility, visibility, and control for SDDCs.
  • Ways to effectively deliver app services to every app.
  • How to use F5 software platforms to provide app services through a self-service catalog.
FEDERAL
Maximizing the value of security in federal government

The federal government’s goal is to realize significant cost reductions, increased agility, and the innovation benefits of technology as quickly as possible. Agencies are deploying applications in different ways depending upon many factors, such as where the services are hosted, security requirements, and the ability to customize capabilities.

This session will cover what you need to know to migrate data centers to the cloud, maximize investments in security products with SSL visibility, emerging new encryption standards, CAC, PIV, ELA 4, and how to use protection profiles to ensure consistency to security standards.

Protecting SSL keys: Federal government data security with FIPS

Protecting SSL encryption keys ensures the overall integrity of SSL to deliver security and privacy by design. Working together with other government agencies and private industry, NIST has created a technology standard for data encryption and system protection known as FIPS 140-2.

Learn best practices for HSM compliance to protect keys and certificates as targets of attacks, and get support for validating deployments. Gain an understanding of the steps necessary to meet the December deadline for random key generation. You will also learn about SSL Forward Proxy to gain SSL visibility while using authoritative signing of certificates for increased protection.

ORCHESTRATION
Management and orchestration of F5 devices and app services

SDN is driving the need to manage and orchestrate the delivery of applications and the services those applications rely on.

This session will focus on management and orchestration of F5 devices and services through the F5 BIG-IQ platform. Learn how BIG-IQ can help manage both physical and virtual BIG-IP devices while orchestrating the delivery of Software-Defined Application Services—both locally and in the cloud.

We will review BIG-IQ’s role in integrating F5 solutions into next-generation architectures, including examples for VMware’s NSX, Cisco ACI, Microsoft HNV, and OpenStack. Learn about the BIG-IQ roadmap and the transition path from Enterprise Manager to BIG-IQ.

SECURITY
F5 security solutions forum

We want to hear what you think. We are doing a deep dive workshop to help drive forward our security strategy at F5. It's an opportunity for you to provide input and feedback into our future direction. We are eager to know more about the security & access challenges that you're facing and want to conceptualize solutions around it. Our aim is to provide technical and business advantage to you and your organization to increase productivity and reduce your risk.

AirWatch and F5: Securing the mobile enterprise

Enterprise Mobility Management is transforming the way business works today. AirWatch by VMware empowers IT with a future-proof mobility platform that provides flexibility to manage multiple use cases, unified management of endpoints, end-to-end security from devices to data center, and seamless integration across enterprise systems. Together, F5 and AirWatch help organizations successfully implement bring-your-own-device (BYOD), keeping your corporate assets safe and increasing employee satisfaction and productivity.

Take control with context-aware access management

Users today demand access to mission-critical applications using any device, over any network, from anywhere, at any time. As a result, organizations face serious security and management challenges that must be addressed to ensure continued productivity, growth, and agility.

Learn how to provide dynamic, granular application access control based on environment and context. Deliver the responsiveness and flexibility your business requires while ensuring corporate and personal data—and your corporate reputation—remain safe and sound.

Fast, secure, federated SaaS/cloud access

Organizations are deploying an increasing number of cloud and SaaS applications. Although users can easily access these applications from nearly any device, at any location, at any time, ensuring application access can be complex.

Learn how to federate access and accelerate performance for your cloud and SaaS applications. We’ll also cover how to guarantee priority bandwidth to business-critical cloud and SaaS applications to minimize the impact of non-business-related traffic. See how F5 can help you provide optimal application performance to maintain satisfactory user productivity and deliver a positive user experience.

Reduce IT costs and deploy app services with F5 Silverline

More cloud and SaaS based applications are being deployed than ever before, driving the need for more flexible and cost-efficient ways to rapidly deploy application services without requiring extensive, up-front IT investments. F5 Silverline cloud-based application services give organizations the flexibility to rapidly deploy F5’s industry-leading application solutions  while reducing operational expenses by outsourcing IT application services support to F5’s highly specialized experts.

In this session you will learn more about how your organization can benefit from the Silverline DDoS Protection and Silverline Web Application Firewall services.

Guard against complex web app threats with BIG-IP ASM

The perception of WAF technology has evolved from a mere necessity in meeting compliance to the essential element of an overall security strategy. IT/Security teams now seek distinct and more in-depth application protection that guards against specific bad actors, mitigates more complex L7 DDoS and bot attacks, provides more effective and immediate vulnerability patching, and facilitates security for cloud services.

See how the improved BIG-IP Application Security Manager UI delivers better usability and policy management, and richer intelligence. In addition, learn how BIG-IP ASM provides unique proactive bot detection capabilities with integrated services that stop threats before they your reach servers.

DDoS protection for data center, cloud, and VE environments

The great cloud migration continues. Pressed to protect against DDoS attacks that bypass defense lines, exploit vulnerabilities, and strain resources, companies are employing a hybrid security model to defend against DDoS attacks on resources wherever they reside. More and more organizations are employing a hybrid model of on-premises equipment and cloud solutions for delivering applications.

Join us to learn how F5’s leading DDoS security solutions can meet new enterprise requirements to extend security services to cloud or virtual environments, support specific work groups or apps, and provide real-time automated traffic scrubbing in the cloud.

SSL everywhere: Data protection and SSL visibility

Enterprises are struggling with the increasing use of SSL, which will grow to 50% of all traffic within 3 years. Fueling this growth is the rise of the insider threat (the “Snowden effect”), regulatory compliance, evolving cryptography with new ciphers like elliptical curves, forward secrecy, and new protocols like HTTP 2.0. How encryption is implemented determines how effective it is—or whether it's effective at all.

Learn about best-in-class cryptography for data protection and practices for key protection. You will also find out how to leverage BIG-IP to overcome SSL performance loss with third-party products like NGFWs and IPSs.

Anti-fraud protection: Filling security gaps for mobile apps

BIG-IP fraud protection services provide client-side anti-fraud safeguards that benefit online and mobile banking apps and enterprise services.

Attend this session to learn about new capabilities that guard against Remote Access Trojans and increase form-grabbing protections, while enabling non-intrusive signature and script updates and integration with third-party risk engines. You will also learn how to maintain FFIEC, effectively leverage SOC services, and be amongst the first to see a demonstration of F5 MobileSafe as integrated in the BIG-IP platform.

Securing unified access in a mobile world

Enhanced workforce mobility increases efficiency, productivity, responsiveness, and business agility. As organizations grow, they must continue to provide expanded access while eliminating the potential security issues that can compromise the integrity of the network, its applications, and its data.

Learn how to build an enterprise mobility gateway by integrating BIG-IP Access Policy Manager with leading mobile device management and enterprise mobility management solutions. Get granular, context-aware security and access policy controls while enabling seamless, no-touch per-app VPN access. Provide differentiated access to applications and data wherever they reside–on an enterprise network, in a cloud, on the web, and in virtualized environments.

IT security at F5

F5’s Information Technology team is an avid consumer of F5 products, from the cloud-based F5 Silverline DDoS Protection service to a full product suite implementation of on-premises equipment in a multi-tiered deployment leveraging VIPRION and vCMP.

F5 IT’s hosting environment must support customers and partners, authenticated and non-authenticated through SSO, and standard everyday users while securing applications and ensuring high availability. Learn how F5 IT leverages each component of the F5 product suite within this robust environment. Drill down into why certain technology choices were made over others and the implementation challenges in bringing the applications to life across multiple data centers.

SERVICES
Improving application uptime with F5 tools

Application availability and performance is critical to your customers and to your business. F5 Support and Knowledge Services is your ally in ensuring your success. F5 Global Services provides a broad set of tools, training capabilities, and support services to ease day-to-day production requirements and ensure you have the most up-to-date information and resources to mitigate downtime.

Attend this session to learn about F5 self-solve tools, including iHealth and AskF5, which help our customers grow their technical expertise and proactively manage their solutions.

SOFTWARE DEFINED NETWORKING
VMware NSX and F5: Automating delivery of application services for the Software Defined Data Center (SDDC)

Business agility is a competitive advantage making fast application deployment a critical priority for data center operators. VMware NSX network virtualization platform enables you to extend your investment in F5 BIG-IP SDAS to the SDDC allowing you to leverage F5’s best of breed application services with NSX service provisioning automation. In this session you will learn about:

  • NSX network virtualization platform
  • NSX extensibility framework and how you can dynamically insert, deploy and orchestrate F5 application delivery services
  • Use cases for the integrated NSX and F5 solution
Operationalize your network with SDN

Software-defined networking (SDN) address IT challenges by operationalizing the network to create a more flexible, programmable data center that can rapidly respond to requirements for new services and changing network conditions.

Learn why industry leaders partner with F5 to extend their SDN strategy with Layer 4–7 services and much more.

  • Gain insight into the F5 partner ecosystem and how we enable L2–L7 SDN environments.
  • Explore specific solutions F5 offers in collaboration with Cisco, VMware, and Microsoft.
  • Understand how F5 is perfectly positioned to extend the benefits of SDN to the application layers.
F5 and Cisco ACI integration update Learn how integrating F5 with Cisco’s Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) provides accelerated application deployment, simplified automation, and investment protection. The key point of integration for F5 within Cisco ACI is the F5 Device Package, a free software download that provides a single workflow for policy configurations and provisioning.
  • Gain an understanding of the F5 Device Package, and how BIG-IP and BIG-IQ bring L4–7 services into the ACI policy model.
  • View new features added to the latest F5 Device Package that extends BIG-IP integration with Cisco ACI.
  • Explore how F5 iApps are exposed into  ACI with BIG-IQ.
Deliver Application Agility with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

Business applications need to be dynamically deployed and retired in the cloud – but today’s infrastructure is not geared to do this simply. Enterprises need an infrastructure that responds rapidly to application needs and deliver new and profitable business models.

We call this new architecture for the data center, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). It is scalable, open, programmable, and supports multi-tenancy. Today, Enterprises are considering SDN strategies as an answer to these challenges. Cisco ACI offers a true SDN solution with F5 that operationalizes the network with automation, speed, and security. Cisco ACI with F5 offers a policy-based centralized control model that automates end-end application delivery.

Design/deploy with Cisco ACI using F5 LTM service insertion

Cisco ACI + F5 deployments are growing every day. Learn from Cisco and F5 experts about the Cisco ACI and BIG-IP LTM architectures, topologies, and use cases. Hear how our joint customers took the solution from a proof of concept in the lab and moved it into production. Understand the lessons learned from early deployments in the field.

We will also explore how customers are deploying the ACI + F5 solution and the best practices that they have implemented.

Scalable gateway: Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization

Working with Microsoft, F5 has developed a scalable gateway for Microsoft Hyper-V Network Virtualization that enables hosting providers and enterprises to host tenant virtual machines without requiring changes to the physical network topology.

Learn how the F5 gateway scales to thousands of tenant networks, while still enabling Layer 4–7 services such as load balancing, firewall, and DDoS protection. In this session, you will also discover how tenants can bring their own IP space and network topologies, and easily move enterprise services to a shared IaaS cloud.

Deliver applications in the SDDC with F5 and VMware NSX

Software-defined data centers (SDDCs) are transforming data center economics by accelerating application deployment time and dramatically simplifying operations. The integrated solution between F5 and VMware NSX eliminates the disconnect between network and application delivery service management. As a result, you can gain simplified network lifecycle management, traffic management, and application-level security.

Join this session to learn about the new features added to the latest F5 Device Package, explore how F5 iApps are exposed into  NSX with BIG-IQ, and how to simplify application deployment process by leveraging iRules on BIG-IP.