VMworld: F5 BIG-IP Integrates with vSphere, vCloud Director
F5 Networks is integrating its BIG-IP product line with VMware (NYSE: VMW) cloud products using the new VMware Ready for Networking and Security Program. As part of the trending topic of software-defined networks at VMworld, the integration of BIG-IP with VMware products will support software-defined data centers and make it easier to integrate and launch new services.
Frank Strobel, F5’s Business Development manager responsible for the F5/VMware alliance, told Talkin’ Cloud the deep integration between BIG-IP and VMware products starts with vShield Manager, which in turn leads to integration with VMware’s cloud products, vSphere and vCloud Director.
What this will do, Strobel said, is allow large enterprises to deploy their own private clouds or use a cloud provider to deploy several clouds in a way that makes it easier to launch applications using iApps templates.
“With this integration, it’s an API-level integration between F5’s enterprise management solutions and vShield on the VMware side,” Strobel said.
For cloud providers, the value comes in being able to provision applications and services quickly, even if the provider has a large catalog of different services available with varying levels of service level agreements (SLAs). Cloud providers likely have multiple services such as Microsoft Exchange or SharePoint (among many others) they can spin up for their customers, as well as multiple variations with different SLAs. Spinning up those instances can proven time-consuming, but Strobel said BIG-IP combined with vSphere will make it as simple as selecting the application at the right service level and the accompanying iApp configuration, and … voila!
Anything that makes it quicker and easier for a cloud services provider to get applications up and running as quickly as possible while limiting errors should be an easy sell for vendors. Whether it’s as easy as Strobel suggests is unknown, but it sounds good, anyway.
“The cloud provider, rather than spending time and energy on the deployment of these packages, you can now spend time on providing value-added services to your customers,” Strobel said.
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