Combination of VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform and F5® BIG-IQ® orchestration solution automates delivery of L2–7 services for data center agility
SEATTLE and PALO ALTO, CALIF. – F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) and VMware, Inc. (NYSE: VMW) today announced interoperability between F5’s BIG-IQ® management platform and the VMware NSX™ network virtualization platform for rapid orchestration of layer 2–7 network and application services in the software-defined data center (SDDC). Today’s announcement focuses on enabling customers to combine the VMware NSX platform’s network service automation with F5’s application delivery service management. This marks the latest in a series of collaborative efforts between the companies to bring compelling IT benefits to their mutual data center customers.
Typically, provisioning services for new applications—or changing parameters no matter how slightly for deployed applications—is a long, manual process. With a combined F5 and VMware solution, customers will be able to leverage the full suite of BIG-IP® services directly from within the NSX Manager as part of the normal virtual machine deployment process, enabling them to reduce provisioning time from days to minutes.
The F5 and VMware NSX technologies interoperate with management plane-level REST-based APIs that are used by F5 BIG-IP to register and deploy application services that can be consumed by F5 users in their software-defined data center. The NSX traffic steering capability enables traffic to be redirected to the F5 service. This combination allows F5 iApps® to be leveraged by NSX, and to be consumed as vendor templates that F5 customers can instantiate with application-specific parameters.
With F5 and VMware products, customers will be able to automate the deployment of policy-driven services for multi-tiered applications in their software-defined data center. The solution will be able to be deployed non-disruptively, enabling customers to leverage BIG-IP and BIG-IQ features in NSX virtual environments. Users will also be able to continue to use their custom iApps templates through native F5 interfaces.
“Many organizations have VMware and F5 solutions in their infrastructures, and our goal is to make it even easier for customers to reap additional benefits by combining the companies’ technologies. The F5 Synthesis™ framework and Software-Defined Application Services provide an ideal fit for VMware-based data center initiatives. Looking forward, we see many opportunities to build on existing partnership efforts to help customers add capabilities without complexity and maximize the effectiveness of data center and cloud deployments.”
Manny Rivelo, EVP, Strategic Solutions, F5
“Customers are adopting networking virtualization on the path to the software-defined data center, and our world-class ecosystem of partners such as F5 will help customers accelerate SDDC implementation. Customers will be able to extend the use of F5’s L4–7 services through a Software-Defined Application Services model into the SDDC. The interoperability between VMware NSX™ network virtualization and F5’s application delivery architecture—and the unique ability to provision and consume iApps—allows our mutual customers to create more agile data centers.”
Hatem Naguib, VP, Networking and Security, VMware
“Automation for agility and high-quality application performance is a top driver for the data center. The integration between F5 BIG-IQ and VMware NSX answers these requirements by providing orchestration and shared management of virtualized networks and application services, delivering significant benefit to their enterprise and service provider customers.”
Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., Directing Analyst, Data Center, Cloud, and SDN, Infonetics Research
VMware NSX 6.1 and BIG-IQ 4.4 will both be available during the third quarter of calendar year 2014. For F5 solutions, please contact a local sales office for availability in specific countries. An F5 reference architecture for VMware NSX is available today at https://f5.com/solutions/architectures/vmware-nsx. This integration and other F5 and VMware solutions will be showcased at this week’s VMworld event in San Francisco—please visit F5 at booth #1621.
VMware is the leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions that enable businesses to thrive in the Cloud Era. Customers rely on VMware to help them transform the way they build, deliver and consume Information Technology resources in a manner that is evolutionary and based on their specific needs. With 2013 revenues of $5.21 billion, VMware has more than 500,000 customers and 75,000 partners. The company is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the world and can be found online at www.vmware.com.
F5, BIG-IP, BIG-IQ, F5 Synthesis, Software Defined Application Services, iApps, and DevCentral are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.
VMware and VMware NSX are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. in the United States and other jurisdictions. The use of the word “partner” or “partnership” does not imply a legal partnership relationship between VMware and any other company.
F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) makes apps go faster, smarter, and safer for the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands. F5 delivers cloud and security solutions that enable organizations to embrace the application infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to f5.com. You can also follow @f5networks on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn and Facebook for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.
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