The latest version of F5 Networks' BIG-IQ management framework features role based access control, making it easier for network operations centres to delegate appropriate capabilities to DevOps teams.
BIG-IQ includes RESTful APIs for the control of various F5 hardware and software products, and to allow integration with Cisco, VMware and OpenStack systems.
RESTful integration of BIG-IQ and Cisco's APIC "completes the stack," F5 senior field systems engineer Matt Miller told iTWire.
This integration provides a familiar environment for network engineers who are used to working with Cisco products but now need to manage application services by orchestrating physical and virtual environments.
F5 senior vice president and general manager for Asia Pacific Manu Bonnassie said orchestration has an important part to play when workloads are being moved between systems, especially to cloud services.
"This is about continuity of service," he told iTWire, pointing out that applications cannot be allowed to move to systems that do not have the right security settings.
But it is important that applications are running in the right place if the user experience is to be "spot on," Bonnassie explained.