F5 and Cisco work together to create enterprise-grade automation and security solutions. The F5 ACI ServiceCenter app automates deployment and provisioning. And, F5 SSL Orchestrator integrates with Cisco’s Firepower Threat Defense and Web Security Appliance, providing  visibility and control for encrypted traffic. 

WHY F5 AND CISCO?

Together, F5 and Cisco deliver:  

  • Native, easier deployments in Cisco ACI.
  • Loosely coupled, declarative API integration using the F5 Automation Toolchain.
  • Visibility, network stitching, and app services.
  • Centralized visibility into and control of encrypted web traffic with Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA).
  • Strengthened threat mitigation and performance with Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD).

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HOW IT WORKS, WHY IT MATTERS

F5 ACI SERVICECENTER

F5’s ACI ServiceCenter app runs natively in Cisco’s Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), providing 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. 

Cisco ACI uses a policy-driven data center approach that allows IT teams to rapidly provision and scale network services. 

Also, ACI ServiceCenter can be driven as part of the ACI REST API model, allowing administrators to quickly and seamlessly integrate the L2–7 workflow into their organization’s automation and orchestration model. 


 

SOLUTION: F5 BIG-IP AND CISCO ACI

F5 ACI App in Cisco ACI App Center Diagram

 

F5 SSL ORCHESTRATOR WITH CISCO FTD AND WSA

Together, F5 and Cisco deliver security against the key threat vectors often used to exploit vulnerabilities, establish command-and-control channels, and steal data.

F5 SSL Orchestrator centralizes traffic decryption and re-encryption via dynamic service chaining and context-aware traffic steering, and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) provides advanced threat protection before, during, and after attacks. Together, they make up a solution that intelligently manages encryption and encrypted traffic, optimizing security.

The  F5 SSL Orchestrator and Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA) solution delivers peak performance and advanced protection against web exploits.

These integrated solutions enable advanced web security with maximized efficiency and performance.


 

SOLUTION: F5 SSL ORCHESTRATOR WITH CISCO FTD AND WSA

F5 SSL ORCHESTRATOR WITH CISCO FTD AND  WSA diagram
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CISCO AND F5 TEAM UP TO ADDRESS CONTINUOUS DEPLOYMENT INTEGRATION CHALLENGE

F5 and Cisco: Top customer outcomes

EFFICIENT PROVISIONING

CHALLENGE


Managing consistency across the network.

SOLUTION


Loosely coupled declarative API integration delivers features with flexibility and speed.

OUTCOMES


More direct and efficient provisioning in ACI using the F5 ACI Service Center.

EASIER DEPLOYMENT

CHALLENGE


Rapidly deploying critical application services for every app in any environment.

SOLUTION


Enabling operational consistency across today’s dynamic networks through enhanced management, visibility, and security capabilities.

OUTCOMES

  • Reduced time-to-market for newly deployed services.
  • Less risk by removing touch points and management silos.
  • Ability to react faster in the face of both controlled and unforeseen circumstances.

VISIBILITY INTO ENCRYPTED TRAFFIC

CHALLENGE


Encrypted incoming traffic passing through enterprise networks uninspected, creating major security blind spots and launching potential threats against applications.

SOLUTION


F5 SSL Orchestrator and Cisco Firepower Threat Defense (FTD)

 OUTCOMES

  • Centralized traffic decryption and re-encryption.
  • Full use of advanced threat protection and mitigation.
  • Increased security, availability, and maximized efficiency.

PROTECTION FROM WEB-BASED THREATS

CHALLENGE


Encryption makes protecting web apps from malicious attacks nearly impossible.

SOLUTION


F5 SSL Orchestrator and Cisco Web Security Appliance (WSA)

OUTCOMES

  • Centralized visibility, orchestration, security, and control of web traffic.
  • Optimized protection from web-based threats against any device.
  • Advanced web security with maximized efficiency and performance.
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