|[April 19, 2012]
F5 Showcases its BIG-IP Solutions for System Center 2012 and Private Cloud at Microsoft Management Summit 2012
LAS VEGAS --(Business Wire)--
Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV),
the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), is
demonstrating its F5® BIG-IP® solutions for
Microsoft (News - Alert) private cloud deployments at the Microsoft Management Summit
2012, held this week in Las Vegas. During the event, F5 is emphasizing
BIG-IP compatibility with System Center 2012 to help organizations
maximize cloud benefits and productivity.
"F5 cloud computing solutions provide customers with a flexible
foundation to dynamically provision services and tap the full value of
cloud deployments," says Calvin Rowland, VP, Technology and ISV
Alliances at F5. "We're excited to connect with customers at this event
and share our cloud vision and products, which are key building blocks
for private cloud environments. For over a decade, F5 and Microsoft have
worked together to bring superior IT solutions to our customers. And
with our close collaboration on Microsoft private cloud solutions, we've
extended the value of this relationship."
Using the BIG-IP system, customers can build dynamic
data centers that eliminate deployment barriers and lay the
framework for long-term, sustained efficiencies. For the Microsoft
private cloud, F5 solutions help organizations unify their network
architectures and consolidate their management environments. Together,
BIG-IP products and System Center 2012 provide a clear view into how
applications are performing over the network. This gives customers the
ability to update and optimize configurations to increase performance,
scale, automation, flexibility, and security.
Further, the updated F5® Monitoring Pack for System Center
helps customers optimize resource utilization by discovering available
BIG-IP devices and surfacing health statistics within System Center
2012. As administrators shift the allocation of resources, the BIG-IP
system is automatically updated to ensure that the network is in sync
with changes to computing and storage resources.
"System Center 2012 enables the private cloud, and the F5 Monitoring
Pack for System Center gives customers the added strengths of F5's
BIG-IP solutions," said Mike Schutz, General Manager, Product Marketing,
Windows Server and Management at Microsoft. "Customers need the key
components of their private cloud infrastructure to work well with each
other, and the deep compatibility of System Center 2012 with F5's BIG-IP
platform can help increase efficiency and reliability while helping
reduce operational expenses."
Cost Effective, Automated, Flexible Cloud Control
BIG-IP solutions for Microsoft private cloud take advantage of key
features and technologies in BIG-IP version 11.1, including F5's virtual
Clustered MultiprocessingTM (vCMP™) technology, iControl®,
F5's web services-enabled open application programming interface (API),
administrative partitioning and server name indication (SNI). Together,
these features help reduce the cost and complexity of managing cloud
infrastructures in multi-tenant environments. With BIG-IP v11.1,
organizations reap the maximum benefits of conducting IT operations and
application delivery services in the private cloud.
BIG-IP solutions for Microsoft private cloud also include:
F5 Monitoring Pack for System Center, which provides two-way
communication between BIG-IP devices and the System Center management
console. Health monitoring, failover, and configuration
synchronization of BIG-IP devices, along with customized alerting,
Maintenance Mode, and Live Migration, occur within the Operations
Manager component of System Center.
The F5 Load Balancing Provider for System Center, which enables
one-step, automated deployment of load balancing services through
direct interoperability between the Virtual Machine Manager component
of System Center 2012 and BIG-IP devices. BIG-IP devices are managed
through the System Center user interface, and administrators can
custom-define load balancing services.
The Orchestrator component of System Center 2012, which provides
F5 traffic management capabilities, takes advantage of workflows
designed using the Orchestrator Runbook Designer. These custom
workflows can then be published directly into System Center 2012
service catalogs and presented as a standard offering to the
organization. This is made possible using the F5 iControl SDK, which
gives customers the flexibility to choose a familiar development
environment such as the Microsoft .NET (News - Alert) Framework programming model or
Windows PowerShell scripting.
The F5 Monitoring Pack for System Center and the F5 PRO-enabled
Monitoring Pack for System Center are now available. The F5 Load
Balancing Provider for System Center is available as a free
download from the F5 DevCentral
website. The Orchestrator component of System Center 2012 is based on F5
iControl and Windows PowerShell, and is also free.
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About F5 Networks (News - Alert)
F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking
(ADN), helps the world's largest enterprises and service providers
realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand
IT. F5® solutions help integrate disparate technologies to
provide greater control of the infrastructure, improve application
delivery and data management, and give users seamless, secure, and
accelerated access to applications from their corporate desktops and
smart devices. An open architectural framework enables F5 customers to
apply business policies at "strategic points of control" across the IT
infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give customers the
agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions, deploy
scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and
services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online
companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and
drive business forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.
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