Enhances SDN Integration and Cloud Scaling Capabilities
F5 Networks announced new solutions to make it easier for organizations to scale to the cloud, extend SDN deployments, and add intelligence and programmability to IT environments. With a unified suite of physical and virtual products featuring F5’s innovative ScaleN architecture, organizations can seamlessly scale operations to realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT.
With today’s announcement, F5 is introducing BIG-IP v11.4 software, providing enhanced features including integration capabilities with SDN topologies based on VXLAN and NVGRE environments. Increased programmability and control-plane extensibility with F5’s new iCall™ technology, providing the dynamic automation of event-driven policy decisions in the network and updated platform offerings, including the completion of the BIG-IP hardware refresh, on-demand licensing, and more powerful BIG-IP virtual editions with the industry’s broadest hypervisor support is also introduced.
“For organizations pursuing emerging technologies like SDN, it’s critical to consider the needs of applications as part of those plans,” said Karl Triebes, EVP of Product Development and CTO at F5. “With the industry’s only integrated platform for application delivery and our unique ScaleN architecture, F5 provides the tools necessary to address growing application delivery requirements without sacrificing network flexibility or user experience. These new solutions empower customers to pursue the infrastructure model that best fits their needs, regardless of how specific data center, cloud, or SDN resources are deployed.”
BIG-IP v11.4 software and the BIG-IP 5000 and 7000 series hardware platforms are generally available now, with support for iCall, ScaleN, and other F5 technologies mentioned in this announcement. The 5 Gbps throughput version of BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager™ Virtual Edition is expected to be available by the end of this month. Please contact a local F5 sales office for availability in specific countries.