Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP Integration

Confidently deploy F5 and Cisco data center, security and cloud integrations and realize operational benefits and increased application security across environments.

Use Cases

Together, F5 and Cisco technologies enable operational gains, consistent management across your network, and improved security against key threat vectors. Benefits include:

  • Operational consistency across today’s dynamic networks through enhanced management, visibility, and security.
  • The ability to rapidly deploy and scale trust-based access to all applications, regardless of where they’re located—in the cloud or on-premises.
  • Centralized decryption and re-encryption using best-in-class hardware acceleration with modern cipher implementations and software orchestration, maximizing the productivity of your security stack.

Explore data center use cases

Monitor application health and traffic status correlated with Cisco APIC constructs.

Flexibly provision and deploy L4–7 configuration with or without templates.

Manage day 0–N network configurations on BIG-IP.

Automate application server(s) addition and removal from a BIG-IP pool, based on endpoint learning on Cisco APIC.

Explore security use cases

Increases availability by maximizing efficiency. A powerful intelligence engine discerns context and lets you implement policy based on it.

Deliver centralized visibility, orchestration, security, and control of web traffic.

Why F5 and Cisco

F5 and Cisco partner across functional areas to create synergistic value in enterprise and security domains. Integration of our technologies has provided outcomes with strategic and measurable operational benefits.

Our focus is on use cases that solve real-world challenges and deliver real-world value. These use cases help break down silos between different teams, streamline operations via an automated approach, and position you to benefit from future innovations from F5 and Cisco.

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Data Center

Empower network and applications teams with solutions they need to ensure applications are always available and with optimized performance.

F5 ACI ServiceCenter

Provide administrators with a single point of automation and visibility for L2–3, as well as L4–7 app services between F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI.

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BIG-IP and ACI Single Pod, Multi-Pod, and Multi-Site

Optimize Global Application Delivery with Local and Global Load Balancing in ACI Single and Multi-Data Center deployments.

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F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI in Terraform

Simplify F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI Operations using HashiCorp Terraform.

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F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI in Ansible

Automate F5 BIG-IP and Cisco ACI use cases using Ansible.

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Application Security

Increase ROI and improve user experience with improved firewall speed and efficiency, while at the same time enabling zero trust adaptive authentication and secure access.

F5 SSL Orchestrator and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense

High-performance decryption of inbound/outbound SSL/TLS traffic, enabling inspection to expose threats and stop attacks.

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Zero Trust Adaptive Access

F5 BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) integrates with Duo to add two-factor authentication to any VPN login, complete with inline self-service enrollment and Duo Prompt.

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Featured Resource

Cisco ACI Multi-Site/Multi-Pod and F5 BIG-IP Design Guide


ACI Essentials Article Series


Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP Working Together

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Cisco ACI Single Pod and F5 BIG-IP White Paper

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Unify Visibility with F5 ACI ServiceCenter in Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP Deployments

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F5 ACI ServiceCenter User and Deployment Guide

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Implementation Guide: BIG-IP APM Configuration to Support Duo MFA

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Designing Cisco ACI and F5 Solutions Together

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Next Steps

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