F5 Networks (News - Alert) is enabling its customers to use its BIG-IP platform to deploy network services in cloud-driven data centers that are built on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
In fact, just recently the company unveiled the F5 Network Virtualization Solution, showing the company’s commitment to powering a data center that ensures scalability, security, and manageability across an organization’s IT environment and systems.
The BIG-IP platform provides a range of network-based services such as local and global load balancing, advanced traffic steering, access control, and application security and acceleration.
This solution allows the same network-based services to be used to deliver applications in the Microsoft (News - Alert) cloud and virtualized network environments. The F5 Network Virtualisation Solution for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V is enabled by F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Virtual Edition (VE) running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.
Enterprises using Hyper-V network virtualization can cut costs and improve operational efficiencies by allowing organizations to use the same policies and IP addresses in the cloud that they currently use in the physical network; accelerate data center consolidation by connecting hybrid cloud environments; and intelligently manage network traffic at layers 4-7, mitigating the need for organisations to build and manage large layer 2 networks.
Moreover, the F5 solution complements SDN by providing a strategic point of control for making application level (layer 4-7) decisions across the data, management, and control planes.
“Windows Server 2012 SDN was built from the ground up to create new opportunities for networking providers to bring innovative solutions to market,” said Sandeep Singhal, general manager, Windows Networking at Microsoft, in a statement. “F5 Networks has taken advantage of this architecture to help customers accelerate cloud deployments when they use BIG-IP LTM VE running on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V.”
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Edited by Jamie Epstein