F5 Networks launches BIG-IP virtual edition for AWS

Infotech Lead America: F5 Networks has launched a BIG-IP virtual edition for AWS.

The new release leverages F5’s BIG-IP products for the AWS cloud.

“As enterprises consider which applications to move to the cloud, many customers have asked for the same advanced application control they have in their local data centers,” said Terry Wise, head of Worldwide Partner Ecosystem at Amazon Web Services. “The BIG-IP solution for AWS enables enterprises to move complex applications to AWS while maintaining high levels of service at a lower overall cost.”

Businesses will gain as the new release addresses demand to extend their data center and applications to AWS, maintaining enterprise-class reliability, scale, security, and performance.

“Enterprise customers have come to rely on BIG-IP’s strategic awareness that provides important information on how applications, resources, and users interact in order to successfully deliver applications,” said Siva Mandalam, director of Product Management and Product Marketing, Cloud and Virtualization Solutions at F5.

With BIG-IP running in enterprise data centers and on AWS, customers can establish secure tunnels, burst to the cloud, and control the application from end to end.

The BIG-IP solution for AWS includes options for traffic management, server load balancing, application firewall, web application acceleration, and other advanced application delivery functions.

F5 said its ADN services operate seamlessly in the cloud – BIG-IP virtual editions are being made available to a growing number of customers seeking to leverage cloud offerings. Availability for AWS expands on F5’s broad support for virtualized and cloud environments based on vSphere, Hyper-V, Xen, and KVM.

AWS customers can add F5’s security services to support cloud and hybrid deployment models.

Production and lab versions of BIG-IP virtual editions for AWS enable IT teams to move smoothly from testing and development into production to support essential business applications. Customers can leverage their existing BIG-IP configuration and policies and apply them to BIG-IP running on AWS.

F5’s initial product offering will use the AWS “bring your own license” (BYOL) model, which allows customers to buy perpetual licenses from F5 and then apply these licenses to instances running in AWS.

Rohit Mehra, VP of Network Infrastructure at IDC, said: “The challenge lies in easily expanding IT’s service portfolio with cloud and hybrid capabilities while keeping the applications fast, secure, and available. BIG-IP’s native availability inside Amazon Web Services allows enterprises to deeply embed a strategic awareness of how applications behave in cloud adoption scenarios.”

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