Enables orchestration across multiple devices. Accelerate deployment while reducing risk. Manually deploying your applications and services is time-consuming and error-prone. F5 Networks iWorkflow is a virtual appliance that serves as a platform for deploying application delivery policies. Through highly configurable, administrator-defined Layer-4 through Layer-7 service templates (iApps), your deployments take place in minutes rather than days. Responding to infrastructure changes or delays in releasing software costs money. F5 Networks iWorkflow enables the orchestration of services and the automation of tasks to save you time (and money) in your application deployment. Every time you configure a device, you increase the chance of error. By streamlining the deployment process, your team not only saves valuable time, but also reduces your organization’s exposure to operational risk.
F5 Networks iWorkflow makes your organization more agile by integrating with third-party management and orchestration systems. The iControl REST API and Software Development Kit (SDK) make integration with third-party management and orchestration systems a core capability of iWorkflow. By working with multiple platforms, including Cisco APIC, VMware NSX, and the F5 Networks BIG-IP system, iWorkflow makes your organization more agile — defined by policy, not devices. Delays cost money. They might be delays in releasing software to employees and customers, or delays in responding to infrastructure changes–planned or unplanned. Whichever the circumstance, any inhibitor to business execution is an operational expense to be eliminated. Manual configuration exposes risk. Whether configuring devices via administrative GUI’s, or via command-line interfaces, the more steps involved the greater the chance of error.
F5 Networks iWorkflow — Automated Deployment And Provisioning
F5 iWorkflow increases IT agility and speed by automating deployment and provisioning of F5 solutions. iWorkflow facilitates automation in three ways: programmatically through direct API interaction; through connectors for management and orchestration systems; and manually, through a graphic user interface. F5 Networks iWorkflow also includes a connector software development kit (SDK) for developing custom connectors. All features and functions of F5 Networks iWorkflow are programmatically accessible through a well-documented set of RESTful APIs. F5 Networks iWorkflow injects application-specific Layer-4 through Layer-7 intelligence into Cisco ACI and VMware NSX-based networks. It does this by generating a catalog of programmable, application-specific F5 iApps Templates. This catalog is used by F5 Networks BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) and available in orchestration solutions..
Role-Based Access Control
F5 Networks iWorkflow was designed with the concept of role-based access control (RBAC) deeply ingrained, providing application owners and tenants control over their assigned application(s) and associated services — and only those applications and services. F5 Networks iWorkflow enables you to create tenants and allocate resources to them via F5 Networks iApps Templates. Tenants can then self-deploy the customized application templates to easily define network and application services for several devices without requiring them to perform complicated networking procedures. F5 Networks iWorkflow features enable both providers and tenants to streamline application deployment and enhance orchestration, delivering greater agility, control, and security for today’s application environments.
Simplified Configuration Using iApps Templates
F5 Networks iWorkflow injects application-specific layer 4–7 intelligence into Cisco ACI and VMware NSX-based networks. It does this by generating a catalog of programmable, application-specific F5 iApps Templates. This catalog is used by F5 Networks BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) and available in orchestration solutions. F5 Networks iApps Templates create configuration-specific forms used by application services to guide authorized users through complex system configurations. These application-specific templates contain all the logic necessary to deploy and provision the network services your applications require. iApps provide a programmatic, visual layout and help information. Each new application service uses one of the templates to create a screen with fields and help that guide the authorized user through the configuration process and creates the final configuration.
F5 Networks iWorkflow