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Global application delivery networking company, F5, has released a BIG-IP virtual edition for Amazon Web Services which leverages F5’s complete portfolio of  BIG-IP products for the AWS cloud.

F5’s Director of Product Management and Product Marketing, Cloud and Virtualisation Solutions, Siva Mandalam, said the virtual release addressed organisations’ “escalating demand to extend their data centre and applications to AWS, maintaining enterprise-class reliability, scale, security, and performance.”  

“Enterprise customers have come to rely on BIG-IP’s strategic awareness that provides important information on how applications, resources, and users interact in order to successfully deliver applications.

“Since BIG-IP for AWS will have equivalent features to physical BIG-IP devices, customers can apply the same level of control for their applications in AWS. With BIG-IP running in enterprise data centres and on AWS, customers can establish secure tunnels, burst to the cloud, and control the application from end to end.”

Mandalam said the BIG-IP solution for AWS includes options for traffic management, global server load balancing, application firewall and web application acceleration, offering users:

•    F5 ADN services operate seamlessly in the cloud – BIG-IP virtual editions are being made available to a growing number of customers seeking to leverage cloud offerings. Availability for AWS expands on F5’s broad support for virtualised and cloud environments based on vSphere, Hyper-V, Xen, and KVM

•    Enterprises can confidently take advantage of cloud resources – AWS customers can easily add F5’s market-leading availability, optimisation, and security services to support cloud and hybrid deployment models

•    IT teams are able to easily scale application environments – Production and lab versions of BIG-IP virtual editions for AWS enable IT teams to move smoothly from testing and development into production to support essential business applications. Customers can leverage their existing BIG-IP configuration and policies and apply them to BIG-IP running on AWS.

Mandalam cited comments by IDC’s VP of Network Infrastructure, Rohit Mehra, who said: “Enterprises want the flexibility and scale of cloud services, yet they can struggle with application complexity and sufficient control.

“The challenge lies in easily expanding IT’s service portfolio with cloud and hybrid capabilities while keeping the applications fast, secure, and available. BIG-IP’s native availability inside Amazon Web Services allows enterprises to deeply embed a strategic awareness of how applications behave in cloud adoption scenarios.”

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Peter Dinham

 

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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