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F5 talks virtualisation at GITEX

Networks specialist uses tech event to lead discussions enterprises' virtualisation projects

Lavergne: We are taking the next step in the virtualisation journey.
Lavergne: We are taking the next step in the virtualisation journey.

F5 Networks is using GITEX TECHNOLOGY WEEK to lead discussions over how enterprises can move forward with their virtualisation projects.

Throughout the week, the vendor is fielding questions from customers over how to consolidate and virtualise on its network security platform, as well as how to build-out more application-aware networks.

While the vendor is not using GITEX to launch any new products, F5’s South EMEA Director for Field System Engineering, Vincent Lavergne, says that the exhibition is proving useful as a way to find out how its regional customers see their data centre infrastructures progressing in the future.

“It’s people who have done the server virtualisation step, it’s done on production on the  x86 architecture, and they want to build the data centre from the network security perspective to go to the next step in their virtualisation journey,” he says.

Lavergne adds that customers are also asking F5 about the issues that arise as a result of placing some applications in the public cloud, or else taking on some applications through a software-as-a-service model. He says that a common issue he has seen at GITEX 2014 is that IT managers find it difficult to retain full control over these third-party applications, despite still being seen as responsible for them by company management.

“If you are IT owners, you’re basically responsible for applications that you are not in charge of, that you don’t control,” he says.