F5 and VMware interoperability simplifies automatic provisioning

At VMworld US 2014, F5 Networks and VMware announced interoperability between F5’s BIG-IQ management platform and the VMware NSX network virtualization platform.

The partnership marks the latest in a series of collaborative efforts between the companies to bring compelling IT benefits to their mutual data center customers, an official statement from the company said.

The interoperability will facilitate automated provisioning of application services for rapid application deployment and streamlined operations, enabling customers to combine the VMware NSX platform’s network service automation with F5’s application delivery service management.

The combination of F5 and VMware solutions reduces the complexity associated with the provisioning services for new applications. The new solution reduces provisioning time from days to minutes, according to company officials.

Also, customers will be able to automate the deployment of policy-driven services for multi-tiered applications in their software-defined data center.

The solution will be able to be deployed non-disruptively, enabling customers to leverage BIG-IP and BIG-IQ features in NSX virtual environments.

Manny Rivelo, EVP, Strategic Solutions, F5, said, “The interoperability between VMware NSX network virtualization and F5’s application delivery architecture—and the unique ability to provision and consume iApps—allows our mutual customers to create more agile data centers.”

Hatem Naguib, VP, Networking and Security, VMware, said, “The integration between F5 BIG-IQ and VMware NSX answers these requirements by providing orchestration and shared management of virtualized networks and application services, delivering significant benefit to their enterprise and service provider customers.”

VMware NSX 6.1 and BIG-IQ 4.4 will both be available during the third quarter of calendar year 2014.

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