The collaboration between F5 and VMware to jointly develop an integrated solution, to automate and orchestrate key application delivery networking services, was announced to coincide with the VMworld 2012 conference currently taking place in San Francisco.
“F5’s approach to managing application delivery in the enterprise extends well beyond its own management solutions,” said Jim Ritchings, VP of Business Development at F5.
“Through dedicated integration efforts, F5 technologies can augment the capabilities of VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud Director, enabling IT professionals to efficiently deploy and optimise application delivery services across virtualised and cloud environments.”
As a launch partner, F5 is collaborating with VMware to enable the integration of F5’s suite of Application Delivery Controller (ADC) services with VMware vCloud and vSphere infrastructure solutions.
Ritchings says the integration will take advantage of all the services available with the F5 BIG-IP product family, including load balancing, SSL offloading, web acceleration, web application firewall, with the combined solution giving customers a more powerful way to “provision, manage, and orchestrate application delivery services alongside virtualised application workloads throughout their IT infrastructures.”
Commenting on the F5 collaboration, VMware Vice President, Global Strategic Alliances, Parag Patel, said the program was a natural extension of the companies’ ongoing technology partnership.
“F5 provides powerful application services that our customers can use to optimally build, deliver, and monitor their applications. This future integration will ensure that customers can leverage the full complement of F5’s services for their applications. Using VMware and F5 solutions together helps organisations simplify and automate service provisioning so that systems can be easily maintained in a rapid, repeatable, and consistent manner.”