F5 Networks Software Defined Networking
SDN — F5 Networks Software Defined Networking

More applications, evolving security threats, demands for faster deployment, and an explosion of new devices are all pushing traditional IT models to their limits. F5 Networks Software Defined Networking 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 Software Defined Networking 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. F5 Networks Software Defined Networking begins to 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. Much of the promise of F5 Networks Software Defined Networking revolves around simplified orchestration and management.

F5 Networks is 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 F5 Networks Software Defined Networking for customers. 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. Empower your workforce, respond to change, and accelerate your business. When applications slow to a crawl or stop working altogether, so does your business. Your enterprise needs seamless performance from its applications to stay productive and remain competitive.

F5 Networks Software Defined Networking

Now that you’re delivering apps across your environment — many times with traditional IT resources — ensure successful delivery of those apps with these four crucial components.  Deploy application delivery services such as DDoS protection, WAF, DNS, TCP optimization, and global server load balancing to keep applications secure, fast, and always available. Service delivery platform — leverage the right mix of hardware devices, software, lightweight proxies, or a cloud—based application service platform for your hybrid environment. Save time, ensure consistent deployments, and reduce the operational risk of manual deployments by codifying standard configuration elements for a particular service. Cut administration overhead by providing tools to manage, monitor, and upgrade Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). You’ve always delivered applications. Most of them changed infrequently and deployed from your on—premises data centers.

Application Delivery

If organizations fail to meet these expectations, it has never been easier for customers to find alternatives. F5 Networks’ expertise in intelligent traffic management serves as the foundation for F5 Networks application availability and delivery solutions. Load balancing has evolved into something much greater. That something is application delivery, which includes traditional load balancing for delivering any application, plus security, performance, and management services. These services help you follow through on the promise of your applications. Apps have been F5 Networks focus for 20 years. As leaders in the application services, F5 Networks expertise in helping power fast, available, and secure apps forms the foundation for our entire catalog of solutions. You don’t have to choose between security and stability, and providing the agility DevOps requires to support change. It’s possible to bridge both environments with an architecture that provides these benefits for every single one of your applications.

Network Security

Complete protection for users, apps and data. The complete portfolio of F5 Networks Software Defined Networking technologies and solutions is designed to help you improve security, reduce vulnerabilities, and ensure ongoing performance of your critical business applications. Protect your applications — the door to your data and your business. Applications power businesses of all sizes, from startups to the Fortune 500. Your business is driven by them, your customers connect with you through them, and your employees can’t do their jobs without them. But, as critical as they are, applications also expose your business to threats. Applications and their data are a focal point for today’s attacks. Today, there are over 1 billion web apps. In 2020, that could easily be 5 billion. All those apps could be targets for attacks and securing applications is fraught with complexity. With the pervasiveness of Internet encryption (SSL/TLS), mobile devices, and the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), risks are only increasing.

F5 Networks Software Defined Networking

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.