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F5, VMware collaborate on product integration solution

In a development collaboration with VMware, application delivery networking provider, F5 Networks, has flagged its intention to integrate its Big-IP products by leveraging the new VMwareReady for networking and security program.

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.”

Ritchings said a jointly developed solution would help organisations seamlessly integrate services and efficiently support software defined data centres.  “Through the new VMware program and tight integration between F5 and VMware, customers will be able to continue utilising their existing investments in networking and security products while realising the efficiency and agility benefits of VMware cloud infrastructure with a validated joint solution.”

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.”


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Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).