Colocation application services

Build a direct line from data center to cloud services.

A faster, more secure road to the cloud.

Why colocation?

More and more businesses are adopting cloud in the form of colocation—and with good reason. Colocation (also called cloud interconnection) gives you the flexibility and scale of public cloud while managing security, traffic, and policy programs in a physical environment. Pushing applications, content, and processing closer to the edge of the Internet creates measurable improvement in performance with lower costs.

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Application services

Cloud providers take infrastructure security very seriously. However, it’s up to you to ensure the security of the applications and data you put in the cloud. By running cloud gateway services through a BIG-IP platform in a colocation environment, you insert security controls at the most effective point: the digital edge, where traffic enters and exits your cloud application. You can also use purpose-built hardware for intensive tasks like rapid SSL encryption/decryption. In fact, you can recreate your security stack in a colocation facility or consolidate more of your security controls with BIG-IP solutions.

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Key benefits of BIG-IP solutions in a colocation environment:

  • Protect and control traffic Single sign-on (SSO) and cloud federation.
  • Web application firewall (bi-directional) protection.
  • SSL termination and content inspection to and from your applications.
  • DDoS protection.
  • A common interface across all your infrastructures.
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Technology Alliances

We work with the world’s largest IBX data center and colocation provider. 

Put BIG-IP services in your colocation environment.

F5 application services and colocation put the right application services in the right place.

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

Provides intelligent traffic management as well as advanced application security, acceleration, and optimization.

Access Policy Manager

Integrates and unifies secure user access to applications.

Advanced WAF

Deploys web application firewall (WAF) services close to apps, so they’re protected wherever they reside.


Manages traffic and keeps apps online during high query volumes and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Protects apps from even the most aggressive volumetric DDoS attacks.

BIG-IQ Centralized Management

Manage licensing, traffic, security, and policies for physical and virtual devices from a single pane of glass.

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