VMware, F5 Networks Team Up for Cloud Migrations, VDI
More cloud chatter out this week’s VMworld: Application delivery networking specialist F5 Networks has teamed up with VMware for solutions that make data center-to-data center live migrations easier and facilitate the deployment of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).
That data center migration announcement, it should be mentioned, is also courtesy of EMC. Specifically, the way it works is this: F5 and its BIG-IP approach to networking, in conjunction with VMware vSphere, vMotion and vMotion storage, can be used to distribute application workloads across virtual data centers, improving performance and reducing stress on the system. The roadblock, F5 said, has been that application data also needed to be moved across the WAN.
But add the EMC VPLEX Metro virtualization platform to the mix, and those migrations can be done live. That boosts efficiency, expands the use cases for the solution and generally increasing value to enterprises with large stores of data.
As for the VDI component, F5 is hyping a new iApps template that helps customers and cloud service providers simply and efficiently configure deployments (with built-in, F5-provided guidance) when using VMware View. Moreover, that BIG-IP approach means enterprises leveraging the F5 VDI template can use a single namespace, no matter where the endpoints are geographically.
Oh, and F5’s solution “also provides streamlined access to clients such as Apple iPad, Microsoft Windows 7, and even zero-client platforms.” The overall goal, according to the press release, is to simplify the challenges facing traditional VDI deployments.
Stay tuned to TalkinCloud for more from VMworld and F5 Networks.