F5 launches cloud management tool selection

F5 Networks' Sangeeta Anand
F5 Networks’ Sangeeta Anand

F5 Networks has announced the availability of offerings designed to provide consistent application services in multi-cloud environments at its annual EMEA Agility partner and customer conference in Barcelona.

F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) is now available in the Google Cloud Platform, and the firm is now offering new ‘bring-your-own license’ offers for instances ranging from 25Mbps to 5Gbps. With the inclusion of Google Cloud, F5 services are now available in all major public clouds, and cloud solution templates for Amazon Web Services, Azure, and Google are designed to reduce the complexity of deploying F5 services for applications in the public cloud. Cloud solution templates are also available for OpenStack private cloud environments.

The new Container Connector, meanwhile, provides the provisioning of services for containerised applications, and the integration of capabilities from management and orchestration systems including Kubernetes and Mesos/Marathon.

The Application Connector was also launched, which delivers application services from the edge of the cloud by automatically discovering cloud-hosted instances and connecting them to the customer’s data center or hosted location.

“Customers are increasingly choosing to deploy applications in multiple clouds – public and private, in colocation facilities, and in their own data centres – but are struggling with the management of different development environments, tool sets, and orchestration technologies,” said Sangeeta Anand, SVP of product management and product marketing at F5. “Where these clouds provide services for applications, they often do so in ways that are not portable enough, are use-case specific, or provide inadequate protection. F5’s portfolio of multi-cloud application services and solutions give customers the freedom to deploy any application – anywhere – with consistent application services and enterprise-grade security.”

F5’s 2017 State of Application Delivery Report shows that while more customers than ever are shifting to cloud infrastructures, many are consciously choosing to invest in multiple cloud technologies. Eighty-six percent of the respondents said that they were committed to multi-cloud architectures, and 20 percent said that they will have over half their applications running in the public and/or private clouds this year.


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