October 10, 2012
F5 Networks Announces Support for VMware's VXLAN Functionality
By Raju Shanbhag
The modern day network architectures are rigid, complicated and they create an expensive barrier to achieve the complete agility, which the companies expect from Private Clouds. To solve this problem, VMware has introduced its Software Defined Networking (SDN), which helps solve the data center networking challenge. Catering to the needs of virtualized applications and data, VMware SDN virtualizes the network and creates logical networks.
F5 Networks (News - Alert) plans to improve this solution further, and the company recently announced support for VMware’s VXLAN functionality. Now, VXLAN can be utilized well in the latest VMware environments with the help of F5 BIG-IP products. Also, F5 BIG-IP products will now have VXLAN virtual tunneling endpoint capabilities, which will allows users to the ability to natively encapsulate and decapsulate VXLAN packets.
The joint customers of both these products can now deploy the companies’ solutions together. To make use of the full suite of F5’s ADN services, companies can pick up either physical BIG-IP devices or BIG-IP virtual editions, F5 has announced.
“F5 solutions occupy strategic points of control in the network, putting us in a great position to collaborate with VMware in optimizing customers’ virtualization and cloud infrastructures,” said Jim Ritchings, SVP of Business Development at F5. “The BIG-IP platform serves as an ideal gateway to help organizations achieve the full benefits of F5’s ADN services in their SDN deployments. To further this aim, F5 will continue to enhance its BIG-IP virtual editions in the coming months.”
In 2011, the company announced that Latisys selected its F5 VIPRION Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) to provide a foundation for its private managed and cloud hosting solutions.
Edited by Brooke Neuman