Hi from F5! I’m Frank Strobel, a Senior Strategic Business Development Manager at F5 Networks. We’ve recently started collaborating with SimpliVity to enable our mutual customers with the security, reliability, and performance of physical servers, and all the benefits of an agile hyperconverged infrastructure. Together, SimpliVity and F5 Networks bring major benefits to customers, including reduced costs, increased efficiency, faster deployment times, automated resource optimization, data center consolidation, and enhanced scalability to the data center.
Now, how does it work?
1 – Optimize Virtual Deployments – Enterprises around the world are moving toward virtualization as a means of increasing efficiency while decreasing costs. Designed and optimized for the virtual environment, the SimpliVity hyperconverged solution combines all IT infrastructure and services below the hypervisor into a 2U building block. This consolidation lets customers boost the speed and reliability of their applications, merge rigid and siloed infrastructure, and enhance the experience of their users by delivering consistent and predictable performance.
The next step is combining SimpliVity’s hyperconverged data architecture with the F5 technology everyone has come to rely on in their own data center. The F5 BIG-IP platform offers a host of application delivery services, allowing customers to boost the security, availability, performance, and efficiency of all their applications deployed on the SimpliVity platform.
2 – Virtualize Tier 1 Applications – Historically, enterprises have been wary of virtualizing their large Oracle databases or mission-critical Exchange deployments because these applications are required to perform at their best to ensure user productivity and business growth. SimpliVity’s turnkey hyperconverged infrastructure dramatically boosts the performance of virtual workloads by pooling and sharing x86 workloads, and deduplicating, compressing, and optimizing all data at inception.
SimpliVity’s hyperconverged infrastructure offloads the data efficiency workload and applies the core Intel compute resources to the business applications that need them. By deploying tier-1 applications on the SimpliVity platform—and using the powerful suite of F5 application delivery services to manage and optimize them—customers can enjoy all the flexibility of virtualization without sacrificing the consistency, reliability, efficiency, and performance their business requires.
3 – Deliver Secure Access – In the face of data breaches and malicious attacks, organizations are rightly concerned about the security of their public-facing applications. The challenge is balancing that concern for security with employees’ needs for anywhere, anytime access to the applications that enable a business to grow. Adding the capabilities of BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM) to a virtualized environment allows customers to offer a triple play of unified, secure access; broad support for authentication, authorization, and accounting mechanisms; and stringent access policies. The bottom line: customers get to simplify their virtual environment while delivering hardened security and increased scalability for end-user computing including superior application performance.
4 – Speed Application Deployments – Business moves quickly and IT departments have better things to do than waste time manually deploying dozens of applications across a variety of environments. The SimpliVity hyperconverged solution makes it simple to spin up applications in minutes with its inherent VM-centricity, VM mobility, and global unified management. And when customers add F5 iApps technology—a user-customizable framework for deploying applications—they can take full control of application deployments, including automation and configuration.
Stability, security, acceleration – the SimpliVity and F5 partnership can deliver it all, enabling a business to deploy virtualized tier-1 applications without ever sacrificing essential application delivery services that the business demands.
If you’re interested in learning more about the F5 and SimpliVity partnership, register for F5 and SimpliVity’s webinar by March 2nd. Also take a look at this partnership overview on F5.com or watch this brief video. And if you’re ready to get into the technical details of installing the BIG-IP Virtual Editions on the SimpliVity OmniStack Data Virtualization Platform, check out F5’s Senior Solution Architect Paul Pindell’s and SimpliVity’s Solution Architect Jon Mark Sano step-by-step instructions on F5 DevCentral.
Frank Strobel is a Senior Strategic Business Development Manager at F5 Networks.