F5 Networks Cloud computing enables IT as a Service and the flexibility to scale when needed. Companies are finding a mix of on—premises, public cloud, private cloud, or SaaS increasingly effective in delivering applications. While a combination of solutions does increase flexibility, it also increases the challenge of managing and securing applications across a growing number of environments — not to mention ensuring a reasonable customer experience and controlling costs. Even when deployment environments and solution stacks change, F5 Networks enables consistent services to ensure the availability and security of your applications. F5 Networks Cloud solutions are highly programmable and API accessible, and can be integrated with your existing automation and delivery systems, allowing you to support fast development and delivery without compromising security or reliability. Security risks are caused by password fatigue and, more importantly, delays in deleting expired accounts.
F5 Networks Cloud Access Federation eliminates these SaaS drawbacks by eliminating the disconnect between internally maintained IAM systems and services external to the enterprise, delivering consistent security everywhere. The F5 Networks Cloud offers organizations a way to manage services rather than boxes along with just—in—time provisioning rather than over provisioning, which can be costly. The ability to scale to a hybrid model requires two things; resources (physical or virtual) and a means to distribute load across them. In the world of application delivery, we call the resources “pools” and the means to distribute them an application delivery controller (ADC), previously known as a load balancer. The application delivery tier, where the load balancing service resides topologically in the data center, is responsible not only for distributing load across resources but for being able to mitigate failure without disrupting the application service.
F5 Networks Cloud Adoption And Services
When server virtualization emerged and organizations realized that they had the ability to divide resources for different applications, content delivery was no longer tethered 1:1 with a physical device. With F5 Networks Cloud virtualization technology as the driving force, cloud computing formed and offered yet another avenue to deliver applications. As cloud adoption grew, along with the software, platforms, and infrastructures enabling it, organizations were able to quickly, easily, and cost effectively distribute their resources around the globe. Many organizations are realizing the benefits of adopting cloud based services rather than deploying and maintaining in—house solutions. Software as a Service (SaaS) providers are able to deliver niche expertise in a cost—effective, multi tenancy environment using a ready to consume, subscription based model. The benefits of the SaaS option, however, often come at the cost of up to the minute access control and reliable security policy enforcement.
Availability Between Hybrid Data Centers
The path to successful application delivery has been a long and winding road for many companies. Back in the days of Y2K and the dot.com bust, applications were often delivered out of a physical data center. This usually consisted of a dedicated raised floor room at the corporate headquarters or leased collocation space from one of the web hosting vendors or both. Global organizations and e-commerce sites then started to distribute their applications and deploy them at multiple physical data centers to address geo location, redundancy, and disaster recovery (DR) challenges. 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. F5 Networks Cloud 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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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, our 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 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.