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F5 introduces new software-based solutions

Karl Triebes, F5

F5 Networks has introduced a new range of software-based solutions to enable its customers seamlessly integrate availability and security services, simplify device management, and better orchestrate IT infrastructure.

According to the company, the new solutions give customers the ability to take advantage of the benefits provided by traditional data centre, cloud, and hybrid architectures.

Among the solutions rolled-out by F5 are BIG-IP 12.1 software, which according to the company, can deliver application services with enhanced public cloud integration and more sophisticated security policies for on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. It also introduced, BIG-IQ Centralised Management 5.0, for expanded management for F5’s BIG-IP solution portfolio with scalability and performance advances. Finally, the iWorkflow 2.0, for enabling the orchestration of F5 services with SDN-focused solutions like Cisco ACI and VMware NSX, as well as continuous deployment scenarios using DevOps tools from vendors such as Ansible, Chef, and Puppet

“To better meet the needs of customers, we have made significant investments in security, management, and orchestration, along with the feature-rich software that supports our flagship BIG-IP product line,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO, F5. “Giving organisations the ability to integrate F5 with vendors and solutions such as AWS, Azure, Cisco, and VMware is certainly a priority, but we also have an eye toward making sure our offerings resonate with those using open source technologies like OpenStack, and agile infrastructure from emerging ‘born in the cloud’ companies.”

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