ScaleN is an F5 technology that uses horizontal clustering, virtualization, and on-demand scaling capabilities to enable more efficient, elastic, and multi-tenant solutions for data centers, clouds, and hybrid deployments. ScaleN breaks away from traditional infrastructure limitations and offers multiple scalability and consolidation models to help organizations meet their specific business needs.
Modern data center models are based on flexible and scalable on-demand services to adapt to shifting business requirements and performance and application needs. This on-demand approach eliminates costly over-provisioning methods used in the past to ensure enough capacity was on hand to meet sudden spikes in demand. It also improves resource utilization to deliver a better return on investment.
F5 ScaleN uses three deployment models to give you ultimate flexibility and scalability to adapt to these shifting demands.
Increase capacity by adding BIG-IP resources through an all-active approach. Horizontal clustering enables you to scale beyond the traditional device pair to eliminate the need for idle and costly standby resources. You get the flexibility to leverage any combination of physical or virtual BIG-IP platforms for data centers, clouds, and hybrid deployments.
Application Service Clustering provides application- and service-level control and failover to deliver industry-leading availability. Workloads can be moved across a cluster of BIG-IP instances without interrupting other services and can be scaled to meet the business demand.
Device Service Clustering gives you the ability to group an array of BIG-IP devices to scale your infrastructure to up to 32 active nodes. This ensures a consistent device configuration that simplifies operations.
Isolate and protect tenants by virtualizing your Application Delivery Controller (ADC) services with a multi-tenant architecture that supports a variety of BIG-IP versions and product modules on a single device.
This multi-tenant architecture enables consolidation through both administrative and network isolation to support hundreds of tenants. Isolation ensures security and protects from oversubscription and inadvertent changes.
Increase resource capacity with on-demand scaling, available with the F5 VIPRION hardware platform. You can simply add more power to your existing infrastructure instead of adding more devices.
VIPRION hardware provides true linear scalability through modular blades. As blades are added for more power, they are automatically available to the system, with no configuration or changes needed.