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F5, Microsoft integrate for easier virtualisation

The partnership is intended to help enterprises monitor, respond and manage virtualised environments with ease

F5 Networks recently announced its support of Microsoft’s Get Virtual launch as part of the companies’ evolving partnership on virtualisation technologies. According to the firms, their integration efforts will aid enterprises to enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive virtualised ecosystem.

This integration effort includes F5’s provision of deployment guidance for Microsoft’s System Center, its management pack for the System Center Operations Manager 2007, and F5’s Acopia ARX, which creates an abstraction layer between users and the disk for managing and accessing data in virtualised storage environments.

“F5’s integration with the System Center management offerings will provide our mutual customers greater visibility into the network and the ability to respond to changing network conditions to help maximize their virtualisation investments,” said David Greschler, director of integrated virtualisation strategy for Microsoft.

According to the firms, deploying F5 solutions within Microsoft’s virtualisation framework will provide a myriad of benefits for the enterprise, including enabling them to gain essential visibility into the network. The partnership is intended to help optimise end-user experience through network flexibility, while enabling the IT manager to monitor and respond to changing netowrk conditions, and ease the management of Microsoft virtualised environments.

“To truly take advantage of the performance gains offered by virtualisation, it’s essential that the network supporting these virtualised resources be dynamic as well. F5 solutions enable the network to perform in lockstep with application services and make sure that the users are always seamlessly directed to the most available and best-performing resources,” said Jim Ritchings, vice president of business development, F5 Networks.

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