IBM Cognos Insight (BIG-IP v11: LTM)

This F5 deployment guide provides detailed information on deploying the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) with IBM Cognos. The BIG-IP LTM brings high availability, SSL offload, and TCP optimizations to IBM Cognos solutions.

F5 and IBM have a deep technology partnership that spans the entirety of the F5 product line and IBM’s software pillars. By combining F5 with IBM Information Intelligence software such as Cognos, customers gain the benefits of the F5 and IBM partnership. While this deployment guide highlights the most common deployment scenario, F5 and IBM can always work with customers to test more advanced deployments.  
In this deployment guide we describe how to load balance IBM Cognos with F5 BIG-IP LTM. This solution brings the following key benefits:

  • High availability and better uptime for mission critical applications such as IBM Cognos.
  • Offload SSL from your Cognos Web Tier to reduce the number of required front-end servers and provide a faster end-user experience.
  • Optimize TCP connections on a per-user basis to both reduce the overhead on the Web Tier as well as provide the best possible end-user experience.
  • Enable better visibility through BIG-IP Analytics.

This deployment guide covers the scenario of optimizing Cognos with the BIG-IP system load balancing the Microsoft IIS Servers to provide offload as well as high availability. The following diagram shows a logical configuration example.