F5 Networks unveils cloud licensing program for IaaS cloud providers

Application Delivery Networking provider F5 Networks has introduced a new cloud licensing program for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) cloud providers.

IaaS cloud providers, their customers, and channel partners will benefit from the F5 cloud licensing program.

The company is including virtual editions of BIG-IP solutions as part of its cloud licensing program. This is the first complete enterprise-class ADN solution in the cloud.

“F5’s new cloud licensing program brings the power of our ADN solutions to the cloud while offering the flexibility of a pay-as-you-go billing model. Cloud providers can realize significant benefits from participating in this program, including a differentiated service offering, a larger target market, and enhanced revenue opportunities,” said Jason Needham, senior director of Product Management at F5.

Cloud providers offering services create a unique management environment for off-premise applications. This causes friction between the IaaS provider and enterprise IT. IaaS cloud providers usually buy the infrastructure to address these demands and support their customers.

However, this creates an enormous amount of business risk for cloud providers, due to the reluctance of enterprise customers to sign long-term contracts or employ a predictive use model.

Through the new cloud licensing program, F5 provides unified architecture for both private and public clouds with virtual editions on its BIG-IP platform. F5 now offers its ADN solutions in a utility billing model, enabling enterprises to leverage the same enterprise-class IT infrastructure that they have in their private clouds.

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