F5 Enhances SDN Integration and Cloud Scaling Capabilities

  F5 Enhances SDN Integration and Cloud Scaling Capabilities

F5 provides the only unified hardware and software service delivery platform;
          introduces ScaleN^™-enabled physical and virtual solutions

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- July 16, 2013

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced new solutions to make it easier for
organizations to scale to the cloud, extend software defined networking (SDN)
deployments, and add intelligence and programmability to IT environments. With
a unified suite of physical and virtual products featuring F5’s innovative
ScaleN^™ architecture, organizations can seamlessly scale operations to
realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT.

With today’s announcement, F5 is introducing:

  *BIG-IP^® v11.4 software, providing enhanced features including integration
    capabilities with SDN topologies based on VXLAN and NVGRE environments
  *Increased programmability and control-plane extensibility with F5’s new
    iCall^™ technology, providing the dynamic automation of event-driven
    policy decisions in the network
  *Updated platform offerings, including the completion of the BIG-IP
    hardware refresh, on-demand licensing, and more powerful BIG-IP virtual
    editions with the industry’s broadest hypervisor support

Unifying Application Delivery Services: The Power of F5’s ScaleN Architecture

ScaleN intelligently allocates resources to scale systems up, down, in, and
out as needed across physical and virtual solutions with complete device
flexibility and resilience. Unlike other vendors’ offerings that scale
capacity unpredictably, ScaleN^™ technology enables organizations to manage
resources dynamically by dedicating resources to a particular application,
service, or instance. IT administrators are free to implement highly flexible
systems that scale resources to any cloud or data center location based on
what applications require, and then scale those resources back when no longer
needed. Customers enjoy intelligent resource usage based on business policies
and the ability to combine application delivery services with emerging SDN,
cloud, and network virtualization initiatives.

In addition, only ScaleN provides a way to seamlessly consolidate
infrastructures and maximize application availability without paying an
associated performance penalty for adding new services. When comparing device
performance levels and scalability, F5’s approach can scale infrastructures at
one-fifth the cost of competitors’ products. The software- and hardware-based
ADC products introduced today leverage ScaleN.

Integrating Technologies to Address IT’s Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

Today, enterprises and service providers are challenged with integrating
disparate technologies into a comprehensive, efficient system. As
organizations seek agility and cost savings, they need solutions that can
seamlessly extend application infrastructures alongside new data center
topologies like cloud models, network functions virtualization (NFV), and SDN.
However, IT teams are wary of products that will add complexity, isolate
infrastructure components, or make systems more difficult to manage.

Sitting between end-users and applications, F5 solutions provide greater
control of the infrastructure, improve application delivery and data
management, and give users secure and accelerated access to applications from
their corporate desktops and smart devices. As a component of ScaleN, F5’s
Virtual Clustered Multiprocessing^™ (vCMP^®) technology enables flexible
resource allocation. Therefore, resources can be redirected to applications as
needed, as opposed to remaining idle or segmented merely by device.

F5’s New Solutions Add Value to Companies’ Infrastructures

F5 offers integrated availability, acceleration, optimization, and security
solutions that enhance the value of disparate technologies throughout IT
infrastructures to simplify management and reduce the number of products
needed to perform related network tasks. The BIG-IP system’s layer 4–7
services and ScaleN enable organizations to dynamically grow their application
delivery infrastructure as needed, and enhance existing (and future) SDN, NFV,
and cloud infrastructure solutions. F5’s new offerings help customers:

  *Combine Dynamic Application Services on a Flexible Platform

F5^® ScaleN technology enables organizations to integrate virtual and physical
appliances, consolidate services, add capabilities, and scale application
resources regardless of the specific underlying infrastructure pieces (data
center, cloud, or otherwise). Only F5 gives customers total flexibility in how
Application Delivery Networking (ADN) solutions are deployed. Specifically,
today’s announcement adds new mid-range hardware platforms with the BIG-IP^®
5000 and 7000 series, more robust 5 Gbps throughput BIG-IP virtual editions,
and on-demand licensing across the BIG-IP hardware product line—all of which
make it easier for customers to build and scale their infrastructures
efficiently over time.

  *Effortlessly Scale Network and Application Resources to Enhance SDN and
    Cloud Solutions

F5’s unified platform can easily support cloudbursting or hybrid
infrastructure models where public or private cloud resources are called upon
as needed. F5 solutions are scalable enough to plug into—and enhance—SDN
technologies as they come to market and mature. Recently, F5 announced support
for SDN solutions leveraging VXLAN and NVGRE network virtualization, and the
company continues to expand capabilities around SDN. In addition, flexible
licensing across BIG-IP products allows customers to purchase only the
resources they need at a given time.

  *Add Intelligence to the Network with Programmable and Automated Solutions

F5’s programmable iRules^® technology helps organizations customize how they
handle application and network events based on policies and user commands. The
new iCall technology takes this approach one step further by allowing BIG-IP
products to dynamically react based on the real-time status of the entire ADN
infrastructure. Changes in the application delivery environment can be
effectively responded to automatically, without user intervention. iCall is
the market’s only extensible control plane-based solution that can manage
application delivery in concert with other orchestration tools. As the network
or application environment shifts, iCall modifies traffic delivery policies
accordingly, automating changes such as dynamically redirecting application
traffic to the cloud based on demand.

Supporting Quotes

“For organizations pursuing emerging technologies like SDN, it’s critical to
consider the needs of applications as part of those plans,” said Karl Triebes,
EVP of Product Development and CTO at F5. “With the industry’s only integrated
platform for application delivery and our unique ScaleN architecture, F5
provides the tools necessary to address growing application delivery
requirements without sacrificing network flexibility or user experience. These
new solutions empower customers to pursue the infrastructure model that best
fits their needs, regardless of how specific data center, cloud, or SDN
resources are deployed.”

“New tools in data center infrastructure, such as network virtualization and
SDN, have huge potential for changing and optimizing how applications are
delivered to our users,” said Jamie Grandfield, Network Architect at Hunt
Regional Medical Center. “We’ve deployed VXLAN to help manage network
virtualization in our VMware View environment. We chose F5 due to their deep
integration with VMware and the ability to integrate with existing VXLAN
deployments as well as future SDN solutions we may roll out as part of our
long-term infrastructure planning projects. F5 allows us to bring application
delivery and network management together through VMware tools, which helps us
save OpEx by alleviating redundant network management work by our VMware
administrators.”

Availability

BIG-IP v11.4 software and the BIG-IP 5000 and 7000 series hardware platforms
are generally available now, with support for iCall, ScaleN, and other F5
technologies mentioned in this announcement. The 5 Gbps throughput version of
BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager^™ Virtual Edition is expected to be available by
the end of this month. Please contact a local F5 sales office for availability
in specific countries.

Additional Resources

  *BIG-IP Solutions – F5 Overview
  *Infrastructure Virtualization – F5 Overview
  *Network Virtualization – F5 Overview
  *ScaleN: Elastic Infrastructure – White Paper
  *The Programmable Network – White Paper
  *VXLAN and the BIG-IP Platform – White Paper
  *Virtual Clustered Multiprocessing (vCMP) – White Paper

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes the connected world run better. F5 helps
organizations meet the demands and embrace the opportunities that come with
the relentless growth of voice, data, and video traffic, mobile workers, and
applications—in the data center, the network, and the cloud. The world’s
largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer
brands rely on F5’s intelligent services framework todeliver andprotect
their applications andservices while ensuring people stay connected. Learn
more at www.f5.com.

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