Technology Alliance


Optimized Network and App Solutions for Business Success

Enterprise organizations, service providers, and content providers trust IBM and F5 to create dynamic infrastructures that keep pace with business. Combine the industry-recognized expertise of both companies, and you get solutions that help you deliver fast, available, and secure applications that keep users productive and your business moving forward.



IBM WebSphere

Build next-generaion e-business applications that are secure, scalable, and available—and that perform with intelligence.

The IBM WebSphere customizable family of products provides the industry's most scalable e-Business software foundation and application services, and delivers a flexible and open platform on which to build next-generation e-Business applications. Based on WebSphere Application Server, the WebSphere family supports business applications from simple web publishing through enterprise-scale transaction processing.

F5 is a member of IBM PartnerWorld and has completed interoperability testing between F5's BIG-IP and IBM WebSphere. Together, IBM and F5 provide a solution that provides security, scalability, intelligent performance, and high availability for WebSphere servers. This integrated solution reduces network complexity, increases efficiency, and improves customer satisfaction, while significantly reducing costs.

F5's portfolio of Application Delivery Networking devices are essential for any IBM WebSphere implementation. F5 devices enhance web application performance from any location to decrease download times for static and dynamic data, reduce bandwidth usage, improve interactive performance, and lower the cost of delivering web applications.

Increase performance

F5 technology dramatically speeds page load times and increases server performance with extensive connection management and TCP optimizations.

Enhance security

F5 solutions enhance WebSphere security by providing granular, application-level security.

Lower costs

F5 enables greater capacity for WebSphere servers and can lower bandwidth costs by up to 20% by maintaining a single TCP connection for HTTP traffic to reduce overhead on the network, server, and client.


IBM Lotus

Help people effectively share and manage information with collaboration solutions that are fast, secure, and highly available.

IBM Lotus Domino is a business collaboration solution that can help people effectively share and manage information, make business decisions quickly, and streamline the way they work.

F5 Application Ready Network provides a secure, fast and available platform for delivering IBM Lotus Domino and Domino Web Access, increasing ROI and lowering the total cost of ownership for Domino implementations.

Simplify configuration

This solution simplifies configuration with specific Lotus Domino and Domino Web Access drop-down configuration options.

Reduce spam

Stop up to 70% of unwanted email from ever reaching the Domino mail servers with our reputation-based, perimeter anti-spam solution.

Reduce deployment cycles

Significantly reduce deployment cycles with our detailed deployment guides.

Increase server efficiency

By offloading extraneous, resource-intensive tasks from the Domino servers, F5 frees processing power on the servers, greatly increasing server efficiency.


IBM Tivoli

Use strategic points of control to manage your business infrastructure in real time. Transform and adapt using standardized best practices that help you achieve agility and efficiency while limiting risk and cost.

As organizations deploy applications and enterprise cloud architectures, complexities can arise. What components are required? How do they fit together? How should they be managed? IBM Tivoli solutions offer enterprises the ability to deploy, monitor, and manage IT resources in the data center. As organizations move to implement enterprise clouds, IBM Tivoli solutions help deliver the financial and operational benefits of dynamic, automated computing.

F5 application delivery and file virtualization solutions connect users to applications and data. In an enterprise cloud architecture, F5 solutions provide strategic points of control that deliver a dynamic infrastructure that scales on demand.

Provision applications quickly

Administrators can provision applications with minimal effort—most configuration is orchestrated via automated systems.

Automate workload management

Monitoring application performance and resource utilization triggers workflows to provision and de-provision resources as needed.

On-demand virtual desktop computing

Users can access their virtual desktops as needed. When they’re not needed, compute resources are available to service other workloads.

Information Management

IBM Information Management and Analytics

Build next-generation e-business applications that are secure, scalable, and available—and that perform with intelligence.

The IBM FileNet P8 Platform is a next-generation, unified enterprise foundation for the integrated FileNet P8 products. It combines the enterprise content management reference architecture with comprehensive business process management and compliance capabilities. FileNet P8 addresses the most demanding compliance, content, and process management needs for your entire organization.

Deploying F5 products with IBM FileNet P8 implementations provides intelligent, comprehensive and simplified traffic management and security for IBM FileNet P8 components such as the web servers, content engine, and process engine.

Organizations count on their mission-critical IBM FileNet P8 implementations every day. Constant availability, security, and the highest levels of performance, are no longer a luxury but a necessity. Downtime can mean loss of revenue, and more importantly, the loss of customers. F5's Application Ready solutions ensure your IBM FileNet P8 applications are secure, fast, and always available, so you get the best possible user experience while minimizing the costs and impacts to your business.

Offload work

The F5 solution offloads processor intensive tasks (such as caching, compression, and SSL processing) and provides centralized certificate management and authentication.

Enhance security

From DoS protection, to cloaking and to filtering out application attacks, F5 adds critical security features that simply cannot be addressed elsewhere in the network.

Increase efficiency

F5 streamlines the business process and improves the productivity and efficiency of operational personnel with administrative domains which allow a single F5 device to be managed by multiple application teams.

Monitor platform health

Advanced health monitors not only verify that IBM FileNet devices are up, but are serving the expected content.

Improve response times

F5 improves application response times and utilization for IBM FileNet P8 deployments.


IBM Security Solutions

Walk the fine line between security and access with confidence with F5 and IBM security solutions. Keeping data center services secure, fast, and available is crucial for your business success. Security breaches and multi-layer cyber attacks mean lost productivity, missed opportunities, and higher costs—and they can damage your reputation and deteriorate customer trust.

F5 and IBM Security Solutions enable, simplify, and accelerate access for your people while protecting your organization’s data and applications. You get holistic management of security intelligence for the data center, your organization gains the security it needs, and users enjoy the access they demand.

Empower your people and protect your business

Use F5 solutions with IBM Security Access Manager (formerly Tivoli Access Manager) to deliver high availability, performance, and scalability. Ensure secure access to business applications to empower your people to do their best work.

Secure your data

Protect your infrastructure from cyber attacks, streamline your database security, and get in-depth defense with F5 and IBM InfoSphere Guardium Database Security.

Lock down your apps

Safeguard your web applications by using F5 solutions to deploy policies that mitigate vulnerabilities identified by IBM Security AppScan.

Shore up your infrastructure

Gain deep visibility into application and traffic events with F5 solutions while enhancing security information and event management (SIEM) analysis with IBM Security QRadar.


IBM PureSystems

From storage to data center infrastructure, ensure that your hardware is fast, smart, and secure. IBM PureSystems represents the next generation of integrated hardware and software platforms designed to capture the possibilities of cloud and virtualization initiatives and fold them into a dynamic network architecture. The F5 product family enhances the performance, security, and availability of applications delivered over high-capacity networks.

From global load balancing and sophisticated contextual access control to greater application availability, F5 products complement PureSystems by adding a strategic point of control in the network. The result is improved security, better performance, faster application deployment, and higher resource utilization for a better return on investment.

Application Delivery Networking devices, modules, and virtualized platforms from F5 maximize the dynamic capabilities of next generation computing architectures powered by PureSystems.

Deploy quickly

Speed application deployment with flexible F5 iApps templates, features of the BIG-IP system that enable fast configuration of application-specific services.

Optimize your infrastructure

Consolidate data centers and servers and achieve faster response times while offloading workloads for greater resource utilization.

Meet disaster recovery objectives

Ensure business continuity and fast disaster recovery with global load balancing that directs users to the best performing data center.

Increase security

Implement contextual security and defend against a spectrum of attack vectors while easing regulatory compliance.

Get more from the cloud

Gain greater value from cloud, virtualization, and dynamic infrastructure initiatives (private, public, hybrid).

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