F5 on IBM Cloud – App Performance and Security Just In Time For ‘National Cyber Security Awareness Month’

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The risk of data loss and legal issues resulting from application security breaches is high on the list of concerns for any IT organization. From mainstream global ransomware attacks, such as ‘WannaCry’, to the recent Equifax event, examples of such vulnerability at scale do little to give enterprises peace of mind. Considering the perceived lack of visibility and control often associated with workloads in the cloud, it is imperative cloud providers offer secure virtualized environments that provide integrated solutions to ensure application performance and security. Organizations are navigating complex territories, and they need to know that their business partner – their cloud provider – is working on their behalf.

Today, IBM Cloud and F5 Networks have made available F5 on IBM Cloud – an integrated solution that works to help organizations maintain and improve the availability, performance, and security of their applications in the cloud. Supported by IBM’s automation framework, organizations now have the ability to order, deploy and configure the F5 BIG-IP virtual edition products for automated integration with VMware Cloud Foundation and vCenter Server platforms on IBM Cloud. This production-ready environment includes IBM Cloud bare metal servers, and can be stood up in days not months when utilizing the IBM Cloud for VMware Solutions console.

At its core, F5 on IBM Cloud gives organizations the visibility into and power to control — inspect and encrypt or decrypt — all the traffic that passes through the network. The platform establishes a virtual, unified pool of highly scalable, resilient, and reusable services that can dynamically adapt to ensure application availability, performance and security on IBM Cloud. Some key benefits include:

  • Scalable application delivery services for reduced downtime
  • Protection against advanced threats with leading layer 7 mitigation services
  • Deploy and manage network services for specific applications
  • Workload availability between on-premises environments and IBM Cloud

F5 on IBM Cloud enables secure, application delivery performance for a reliable, enterprise-class cloud experience. Organizations can now consistently deploy the unified software-defined VMware platform to the cloud with ease. This provides fast application deployment, reduced complexity, and consistent policies across the private data center and IBM Cloud. Additionally, organizations can continue to use the same familiar tools and scripts to manage workloads in the cloud without having to retool or refactor applications. Together, IBM and F5 Networks have created an agile environment able to react swiftly to changing business demands.

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