F5 delivers application services for a multi-cloud world

New solutions enable companies apply application services across private, public, and interconnected clouds

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F5 delivers application services for a multi-cloud world Anand: "Organisations’ zeal to leverage multiple clouds hindered by complexities in managing different development environments."
By  David Ndichu Published  May 23, 2017

F5 Networks has announced the availability of solutions to help customers deliver applications in multi-cloud environments.

In November last year, F5 shared its vision for application delivery in the cloud, promising to provide customers with the stability, security, and performance they expect.

The new solutions were announced at the annual EMEA Agility partner and customer conference in Barcelona, Spain.

F5's 2017 State of Application Delivery report shows that while more customers than ever are shifting to cloud infrastructures, many are consciously choosing to invest in multiple cloud technologies.

Eighty percent of survey respondents report that they are committed to multi-cloud architectures, and 20% state that they will have over half their applications running in the public and/or private clouds this year. With this move to leverage multi-cloud environments, unexpected hurdles often present themselves: application deployments across multiple cloud platforms create challenges in managing application services; inconsistent security policies create compliance risks; and multiple cloud architectures put more pressure on IT skills gaps, and diminish the return on the cloud's value.

Although keen to deploy applications in multiple clouds-public and private, in colocation facilities, and in their own data centres-organisations are hampered by complexities in managing different development environments, tool sets, and orchestration technologies, says Sangeeta Anand, SVP of product management and product marketing at F5.

"Where these clouds provide services for applications, they often do so in ways that are not portable enough, are use-case specific, or provide inadequate protection. F5's portfolio of multi-cloud application services and solutions gives customers the freedom to deploy any application-anywhere-with consistent application services and enterprise-grade security," Anand says.

These solutions include:

F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition in the Google Cloud, which enables organisations deploy F5 services in all major public clouds. Available now from Google Cloud Launcher in Good, Better, and Best versions, the new solution is delivered via a new ‘bring your own license' offering for instances ranging from 25 Mbps to 5 Gbps.

Second is a set of cloud solution templates for Amazon Web Services, Azure, and Google designed to reduce the complexity of deploying F5 services for applications in the public cloud. These new solution-specific templates simplify and automate common public cloud use cases. Cloud solution templates are also available for OpenStack private cloud environments. Available now on GitHub.

New integrated marketplace solutions provide easily accessible, pre-packaged F5 services such as WAF and Office 365 federated access that are deployable directly from public cloud marketplaces, meaning companies can leverage their trusted F5 services easily for applications in the cloud. These are available now in the Azure Marketplace.

The new private cloud solutions enable organisations to move to the cloud faster and with more confidence, F5 says.

A private cloud solution package gets customers up and running quickly with pre-tested, certified, and bundled F5 solutions that simplify and automate OpenStack private cloud deployments.

A series of additional solutions deliver application services in new environments.

Lightweight Application Services Proxy gives customers flexibility in developing, testing, and scaling applications in container environments.

Container Connector provides the easy deployment of app services in containerised environments, and simple integration of capabilities into management/orchestration systems including Kubernetes and Mesos/Marathon. These are available now at GitHub and Docker Hub.

Application Connector delivers application services insertion from the edge of the public cloud by automatically discovering cloud-hosted workloads in AWS, and securely connecting any cloud provider to the customer's interconnection or data centre.

 

 

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