BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager
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Get granular control of your traffic. F5 Networks BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager gives you a depth of understanding about your network’s application traffic and control over how it’s handled. It transforms the chaotic volume of network traffic into logically assembled streams of data, and then makes intelligent traffic management decisions, selecting the right destination based on server performance, security, and availability. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager enables sophisticated load balancing. But, that’s just the beginning. If you can see it, you can manipulate it. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is a full proxy, you can inspect, manage, and report on application traffic entering and exiting your network. From basic load balancing to complex traffic management decisions based on client, server, or application status, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager gives you granular control over app traffic.

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager can optimize the speed and reliability of your applications via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on application and server conditions, extensive connection management, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager dramatically improves page load times and the user experience. Whether it’s negotiating high-latency networks or offloading millions of connections, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager can improve the performance of your infrastructure and your applications. Increased performance and security. The SSL performance of BIG-IP LTM lets you cost-effectively protect the end to end-user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server. It also scales on demand and absorbs potentially crippling DDoS attacks. Often SSL is turned on throughout the network. Most network security devices aren’t built to detect malicious traffic in Layers 4-7.

F5 Networks BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager

Bandwidth minus the baggage. With BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, you get a sophisticated, enterprise-class load balancer. You also get granular Layer-7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and ScaleN technology that delivers on-demand scaling. Speaking of speed, the highly optimized TCP/IP stack, TCP Express, combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions we’ve developed to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery. In fact, independent testing tools and customer experiences show TCP Express delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency — all with no change to servers, applications, or client desktops. Adapt to changes that challenge your network. F5 Networks BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is programmable, so you can take the visibility and control it provides and immediately act on it using iRules, F5 Networks event-driven scripting language.

F5 Networks BIG-IP Applications Delivery

F5 Networks BIG-IP Application Services work exactly the same way in the public and private cloud as they do in the data center. Both the F5 Networks BIG-IP family of devices and the VIPRION chassis are purpose-built, powerful hardware that F5 Networks software runs on. BIG-IP virtual editions have the same features as those that run on F5 Networks purpose-built hardware — and you can deploy them on any leading hypervisor or select cloud providers. From defeating zero day attacks to dealing with custom application protocols, F5’s event driven scripting language lets you adapt to application delivery challenges across the data center and the cloud. From configuration to integration, explore the F5 Networks technologies that will get you there. Save time and money by combining your access infrastructure with BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM). Its scalability lets you consolidate your access gateways onto a single device or virtual edition, powered by a single policy engine.

F5 Networks BIG-IP Full Proxy

Because BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager is a full proxy, you can inspect, manage, and report on application traffic entering and exiting your network. From basic load balancing to complex traffic management decisions based on client, server, or application status, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager gives you granular control over app traffic. For example, if you want to direct traffic based on the requested URL or log specific server responses to a reporting system, BIG-IP LTM has the architecture and the tools you need to do it. BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager can optimize the speed and reliability of your applications via both network and application layers. Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on application and server conditions, extensive connection management, and TCP and content offloading, BIG IP Local Traffic Manager dramatically improves page load times and the user experience. Whether it’s negotiating high-latency networks or offloading millions of connections, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager can improve the performance of your infrastructure and your applications.
F5 Networks BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager

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, 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 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.