This F5 deployment guide contains information on deploying the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and Application Security Manager (ASM) v11 with IBM WebSphere 8.
The BIG-IP system can optimize IBM WebSphere at many layers: in front of the IBM HTTP Servers, between HTTP Servers and WebSphere Application Servers, or to eliminate the HTTP layer altogether. By configuring the BIG-IP LTM system within the WebSphere infrastructure F5
provides a number of benefits, including simplification of the infrastructure, application level health monitoring, SSL offload and intelligent load balancing. While high availability remains the central goal of BIG-IP LTM, reducing complexity in an another complex environment allows organizations to spend more time on the important aspects of the architecture such as application delivery, intelligent reporting, and gathering granular statistics from the environment.
Deploying F5 with IBM WebSphere enables the following benefits:
The following diagram shows one of the scenarios described in this deployment guide: configuring the BIG-IP LTM for the HTTP Tier and the
WebSphere Application Tier.