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Users expect easy access to the applications and data they need from any device and any location — whether those resources are in a data center, the cloud, SaaS based, or a hybrid environment. Access isn’t negotiable. The challenge is, to keep applications and data safe, you need to know where users are connecting from, what device they’re using, and what they’re trying to connect to. F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager contextually secures, simplifies, and protects user access to apps and data, while delivering the most scalable access gateway on the market. Save time and money by combining your access infrastructure with F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. Its scalability lets you consolidate your access gateways onto a single device or virtual edition, powered by a single policy engine. BIG-IP APM integrates with the Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) products you already use for enhanced security and ease of use.

Federates user identity, drives adaptive MFA, and supports SSO to applications on-premises, in the cloud, SaaS based, and more. BIG-IP APM minimizes the time users spend logging into applications that each require separate credentials. Unifies identity and context-aware, differentiated, anytime/anywhere remote access via SSL VPN. Its secure, adaptive per-app VPN capabilities ensure focused application access from mobile devices based on provisioning, endpoint posture, and more via seamless integration with EMM applications already deployed in your network. Allows secure access and authentication to web and web-based applications. F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager proxies web applications, providing authentication, authorization, and endpoint inspection. It enhances secure access to web-based applications via step up authentication. Enables simplified, seamless access to virtual apps through a single, consolidated gateway along with its native VDI support and a customizable, user-friendly webtop.

F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager — Password Management

If your users have to create a password for every app they use, chances are they aren’t going to create a unique password every time. That makes it easier for attackers to break into your apps and steal your company’s data. BIG-IP APM SDN lets you federate user identity and enables Single Sign-On (SSO), simultaneously enhancing and securing access. And that’s true wherever your apps are located — data center, cloud, or hybrid environment. Using the Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) standard, BIG IP APM — serving as both a SAML identity provider (IdP) and service provider — allows user credentials to remain safe and secure in one place, while a trusted token is passed to applications when a user signs in. BIG IP APM can also handle authentication to all your apps. It supports multiple authentication methods, including Multi Factor Authentication (MFA), so users sign in once and can securely access the apps they need to do their jobs — apps like Microsoft Office or Office 365, Exchange, SharePoint, Salesforce, and more.

Visual Policy Creation And Management

F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager includes the Visual Policy Editor (VPE), a graphical user interface that makes it easy to create, edit, and manage identity aware, context based policies — just click, pick, and move. The VPE saves you time and hassle, as well as giving you a holistic view of your policies and how they’re connected across your network. You won’t find anything quite like it from any other access vendor. BIG IP Application Security Manager (ASM) — gives you the flexibility to deploy Web Application Firewall (WAF) services close to apps, so they’re protected wherever they reside. BIG-IQ Centralized Management — helps you manage security policies and centralize reports and alerts across BIG-IP AFM and BIG-IP Access Policy Manager. Secure Web Gateway Services — paired with BIG-IP APM, lets you create and administer policies to manage web access, as well as spot and block web borne threats. Uniquely clear and simple APM Visual Policy Editor.
F5 Networks BIG-IP Access Policy Manager

Benefits

More applications, evolving security threats, demands for faster deployment, and an explosion of new devices are all pushing traditional IT models to their limits. SDN is about making the network more flexible and responsive so that organizations are better positioned to respond to these challenges. F5 Networks understands applications. F5 Networks has been helping businesses gracefully navigate application delivery challenges since day one and remain perfectly positioned to deliver the software-defined application services required to ensure seamless user experiences.

Much of the promise of SDN revolves around simplified orchestration and management. To get there, SDN vendors need to be tightly integrated and aligned around common standards. As the bridge between applications and the underlying network routers and switches, F5 Networks works with leading network and SDN providers to ensure the seamless integration our customers require. F5 Networks is also a key participant in OpenStack as well as virtual desktop and other initiatives that are converging around SDN. F5 Networks is working closely with all of the key players to mitigate the risks and increase the value of SDN for F5 Networks customers.

BIG-IP DNS

Users expect apps to be fast, secure, and always available. Anything less is unacceptable. If you’re lucky, you’ll be one of few to hear about it. Enter BIG-IP DNS. Think of it as app insurance. BIG-IP DNS improves the performance and availability of your global applications by sending users to the closest or best-performing physical, virtual, or cloud environment. It also hyperscales and secures your DNS infrastructure from DDoS attacks and delivers a real-time DNSSEC solution that protects against hijacking attacks. BIG-IP DNS hyperscales up to 100 million responses per second (RPS) to manage rapid increases in DNS queries.

With a set of features that includes multicore scalability, DNS Express, and IP Anycast integration, BIG-IP DNS handles millions of DNS queries, protects your business from DDoS attacks, and ensures top application performance for users. BIG-IP DNS delivers a real-time, signed DNSSEC query response and DNS firewall services for attack protection and mitigates complex threats by blocking access to malicious domains. BIG-IP DNS services integrate with DNS zone management solutions, increase DNS performance at the network edge, and mask the DNS back-end infrastructure. That translates into higher productivity, server consolidation, faster responses, and protected DNS management.

Cisco ACI And F5

Cisco and F5 Networks are working together to help organizations simplify and automate their networks. Benefits of this collaboration include improved time to market for both applications and services, reduced reaction time to planned and unplanned circumstances, and avoiding the risks inherent in managing numerous point solutions. Early software-defined networking (SDN) architectures promised to eliminate the business impact associated with human latency. It didn’t deliver on that promise. It focused on connectivity services, and provided only basic networking functions across low-level devices — leaving critical application services out of the picture.

The problem of manually configuring devices and services for every application, and the significant amount of time that takes both network and operations teams, remained unsolved. Using an application-centric, policy-driven approach, F5 Networks and Cisco enable organizations to improve time to market for new applications and services, reduce reaction time to both planned and unplanned circumstances, and avoid the risks associated with managing numerous point solutions individually.

Cloud

Underlying all BIG-IP hardware and software is F5 Networks’ proprietary operating system, TMOS, which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. With its application control plane architecture, TMOS gives you control over the acceleration, security, and availability services your applications require. TMOS establishes a virtual, unified pool of highly scalable, resilient, and reusable services that can dynamically adapt to the changing conditions in data centers and virtual and cloud infrastructures. Identity and access — manage identity and access policies from a single point of control, and federate them across environments.

SaaS subscribers have an alternative to adopting and managing the siloed IAM solutions of their SaaS providers. Instead, organizations can implement IAM federation, establishing a trust relationship between the SaaS provider’s service and subscriber-owned and subscriber-managed IAM technology. For such a solution to be a reality, however, it must be achieved without adding architectural or management complexity and without the need to disruptively integrate technologies by building and maintaining a new network between those of the provider and the subscriber.

Features

Over 70 percent of today’s Internet traffic is encrypted and analysts predict it will continue to rise. This growth is creating a dangerous blind spot because many traditional, network-focused security appliances can’t effectively decrypt traffic. And hackers readily exploit this blind spot to hide malware and other threats. By fortifying security strategies with solutions and services focused specifically on the application, you can better secure access to applications and protect the ones that expose sensitive data, no matter where they live.

Look for solutions centered on access, protection, and visibility into encrypted traffic. And, above all, make sure those solutions are built on an intrinsic understanding of applications. F5 Networks secures applications and the data behind them — because that’s where today’s attacks happen. With decades devoted to connecting users and applications, F5 Networks solutions provide unparalleled visibility into hidden threats and offer the controls needed to manage access and reduce the risks of app attacks. F5 Networks solutions support security for any infrastructure, from data centers to the cloud.

VMware And F5

VMware and F5 Networks are integrating their management solutions to solve the problem of rigid networks that inhibit business progress. Learn how they’re creating a more agile, more programmatic, and more automated network. Existing network architectures are too complex and brittle to withstand the demands being placed upon them. This severely limits the speed of innovation while increasing management costs. Change is required to deploy new applications and services more efficiently, eliminate downtime due to unforeseen increases in workloads, and recover more quickly from disaster.

A software-defined data center (SDDC) architectural approach meets today’s business expectations, helps organizations transform data center economics, and increases application deployment agility. The joint F5 Networks and VMware solution derives from a symbiosis across all elements of data center networking and application delivery architecture, increasing the velocity of your business.