Cloud and security company F5 Networks has launched ‘BIG-IP cloud edition’ for multi-cloud environments. With this launch, F5 seeks to reduce time-to-deploy critical applications for customers in a bid to expand their portfolio.
F5 Networks say that ‘BIG-IP cloud edition’ can apply as well as automate policy-based services in development as well as pre-production stages. They also say that this will allow customers to better collaborate with NetOps, DevOps and SecOps to improve their performance, availability and security respectively.
Speaking about the need for BIG-IP, Kara Sprague, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the ADC business unit at F5 Networks, commented:
There persists a misconception that you have to choose between rich services and agile, portable service deployment.
Our goal with BIG-IP Cloud Edition is to remove this false dichotomy, and better enable NetOps and SecOps teams to deploy a full range of traffic management and security services in a lightweight software footprint, easily add new applications to their services mix, and more swiftly embrace DevOps practices.
Highlighting the benefits provided by BIG-IP, F5 Networks claimed that it provides visibility, scalability and analytics along with enterprise-grade protection. Explaining the advantage, Zeus Kerravala, Founder and Principal Analyst of ZK Research, said:
With technologies like BIG-IP Cloud Edition and programs such as its Super-NetOps initiative, we see F5 Networks focusing on collaboration as a means to achieve service velocity and drive business outcomes.
While perhaps more traditionally associated with certain ‘high value’ applications, there are many benefits to the company broadening its appeal to provide services and support for the next wave – apps that would otherwise only receive basic application delivery services.