F5 to focus on SDAS, security at GITEX

Solutions firm will also highlight partnerships with Cisco, VMware

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F5 to focus on SDAS, security at GITEX Arrabal: We now live in an application-driven world.
By  Stephen McBride Published  September 17, 2014

GITEX 2014 is set to become "the most prominent MENA showcase yet" for F5 Networks' software-defined application services (SDAS) offerings, the company said.

The push comes as software-defined networking (SDN) continues to pick up pace worldwide. According to a new forecast by the International Data Corporation (IDC), the worldwide SDN market for the enterprise and cloud service provider segments will grow from $960m in 2014 to over $8bn by 2018, representing a CAGR of 89.4%. The prediction encompasses in-use physical network infrastructure, controller and network-virtualization software, SDN network and security services and related applications, and SDN-related professional services.

F5 believes its key differentiator in this space is F5 Synthesis, an architectural design that promotes the delivery and orchestration of SDAS throughout data centre, cloud, and hybrid environments.

"F5 Synthesis is the next evolution for application delivery," said Diego Arrabal, VP, Southern Europe and Middle East, F5 Networks.

"We now live in an application-driven world, and we need solutions that better enable IT and business stakeholders to align technology to meet today's most pressing challenges: cloud enablement, security and the mobility of devices, networks and applications."

Powered by "an elastic, multi-tenant and high-performance services fabric", F5 Synthesis enables customers to "rapidly and cost-effectively provision layer 4-7 services to anyone, at any time, without constraints", according to F5.

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