Technology Alliance


F5 and Cisco, together deliver the automation, visibility, performance, scale, open environment and security customers need today to deliver application deployment at the speed of business.


Cisco ACI and F5 BIG-IP / F5 iWorkflow Integration

F5 and Cisco have partnered to deliver the full-stack, end-to-end software defined networking (SDN) by delivering policy-driven automation that accelerates infrastructure and application deployment. By integrating the F5 BIG-IP platform, Cisco® Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), and the F5 iWorkflow virtual appliance, the two companies offer a market-leading SDN solution that provides automation and orchestration up and down the stack—from layer 2 through layer 7.

Private Cloud Solution Package for Cisco Networking

Our Private Cloud Solution Package for Cisco Networking is made up of deployment scenarios that have been validated, certified, and documented by Cisco and F5. The scenarios include:

Cisco ACI Service Manager Mode (Managed)—Maintain L2–7 automation while providing operational flexibility with native management consoles by integrating iWorkflow with APIC in Service Manager Mode.

Cisco ACI Network Policy Mode (Unmanaged)—Gives the networking administrator the flexibility to only configure the provider and consumer VLANs through the APIC management console. At the same time, lets the application administrator orchestrate the F5 L4–7 polices via Ansible playbooks.

Cisco 9000 NX-OS (Standalone)—Allows for BIG-IP configuration of L4–7 polices in a Cisco Nexus standalone environment. The application administrator can also orchestrator the F5 L4–7 polices using Ansible playbooks.

Next-Generation IPS

F5 and Cisco Sourcefire have jointly developed a next-generation deployment architecture that helps customers address the risks associated with common vulnerabilities by securing critical networks and applications while maintaining optimal performance. The integrated solution offers SSL visibility and intelligent traffic management while allowing the Cisco Sourcefire Next-Generation IPS to block malware and attempts to exploit system vulnerabilities. This remediation capability leverages the intelligence and programmability of BIG-IP to optimize the IPS infrastructure, enabling organizations to realize the full value of their Next-Generation IPS investment.

Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) and F5 NFV

F5 and Cisco partner to offer service providers a single solution that lowers network operations costs and accelerates time to market. The solution, made up of Cisco Network Service Orchestration (NSO), enabled by tail-f and integrated with F5 Network function virtualization (NFV), simplifies the development and deployment of Layers 2 through 7. The end result: higher performance and faster application deployment across multiple networks. 

Resources and Support


F5 BIG-IP and Cisco Nexus 9000 OpenStack Integration

Application Migration From Traditional Network to ACI with F5 for L4-L7

F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Integration with Cisco ACI

Solution Documents

F5 SSL Orchestrator and Cisco Firepower NGFW

F5 and Cisco: Integrated DDoS Defense

F5 Private Cloud Solution Package for Cisco Networking

Cisco HyperFlex F5 BIG-IP Platform Accelerate Infrastructure Application Deployments

Cisco and F5 Partnership Overview for Service Providers

Device Identity Management Services Made Scalable with F5 and Cisco

Full Stack SDN with F5 and Cisco Overview

Why Choose F5 BIG-IP + Cisco ACI



Calvin Rowland, F5 SVP discusses benefits of partnership with Cisco

F5 Private Cloud Solution Package for Cisco Networking

Soni Jiandani, Cisco SVP discusses customer benefits of joint solutions

Evolution of Cisco & F5 partnership & ADC Compelling Choice for Cisco ACE Replacement

Network Automation and Programmability Using Cisco Nexus 9000 and F5 BIG-IP

F5 BIG-IP deploy in Cisco ACI as Unmanaged Device Cluster

Live Developer Q&A: F5 Synthesis & Cisco ACI – Under the Hood

Pulsant has built its SDN architecture on Cisco and F5

Calvin Rowland, SVP F5 Interview, Cisco Live Berlin 2017

Customer Success Stories

Martin Lipka of Pulsant talks hybrid cloud, ACI and F5

Qatar University transforms learning with Cisco and F5

INSEE Digital supports Siam City Cement Company's future needs with app-centric hybrid infrastructure

Communications Services Firm Gains Huge Data Throughput with F5 and Cisco ACI