F5 iApps is a powerful set of features in the BIG-IP system that provides a new way to architect application delivery in the data center. It gives you a holistic, application-centric view of how applications are managed and delivered inside, outside, and beyond the data center.
By managing application services rather than the individual networking components and configurations, you can dramatically speed up deployment, lower OpEx, and streamline IT operations. You can provision application services in minutes rather than weeks, significantly improving time-to-market and creating a highly efficient and predictable process for successful application delivery.
iApps provides a framework that application, security, network, systems, and operations personnel can use to unify, simplify, and control the entire Application Delivery Network (ADN). You gain a contextual view and advanced statistics about the application services supporting the business. iApps abstracts the many individual components required to deliver an application by grouping these resources together in templates associated with applications. This alleviates the need to manage discrete components on the network.
Configuring applications to be delivered through the BIG-IP system takes time. With completely customizable iApps Templates, that upfront work can be reused throughout your organization as the ADN scales up and out. You can save operating expenses by fine-tuning application policies once, testing them once, and then reusing that work by exporting the configurations and sharing them with additional BIG-IP devices or instances and other IT organizations.
iApps Analytics collects performance data at the application level, binding the information to the application itself rather than to individual infrastructure components. iApps Analytics also collects other information at the application level, such as individual URLs, and shares those details with individual ADN components such as virtual servers, pools, and nodes. Application owners can monitor performance from the application through the application servers and all the way down to the network. You can monitor exactly how the application is performing in real time based on application response, network conditions, and user context.
Through the iApps Ecosystem on DevCentral, F5’s community site, BIG-IP administrators and developers export and share iApps Templates and configuration policies. Users can create, modify, and share their own iApps Templates for other applications or adjust existing iApps Templates.