F5 to focus on SDAS, security at GITEX
Solutions firm will also highlight partnerships with Cisco, VMware
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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"Synthesis is a direct response to a hyper-charged IT landscape that is expanding to encompass billions of users, trillions of Internet-connected devices, and millions of essential applications," added Arrabal.
"To support this growth, we see the ability to massively scale services, elastically provision resources, and interoperate with a variety of open and proprietary platforms as unavoidable and essential."
As a part of its Synthesis push, F5 Networks will be highlighting its partnerships with Cisco and VMware.
"Integrating F5 SDAS into Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) enables customers to benefit from a virtualised architecture with an application fabric integrated onto a network fabric," the company said. "The joint solution facilitates virtual workload mobility and policy-driven application delivery to significantly reduce operating costs without compromising on consistent, scalable network and L4-L7 services."
F5 Networks' partnership with VMware includes interoperable solutions around technologies such as end-user computing, network virtualisation, data centre and cloud management, and VMware vCloud Air hybrid cloud platform (previously VMware vCloud Hybrid Service).
Following the acquisition of cloud-based security services company Defense.Net in May, F5 Networks will also put a strong spotlight on its security capabilities. The acquisition of Defense.Net complements existing F5 solutions such as its Advanced Firewall Manager.
F5 Networks will be exhibiting at Hall 6, Stand CLD-12.