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F5 Enhances SDN Integration And Cloud Scaling Capabilities

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced new solutions to make it easier for organizations to scale to the cloud, extend software defined networking (SDN) deployments, and add intelligence and programmability to IT environments. With a unified suite of physical and virtual products featuring F5’s innovative ScaleN architecture, organizations can seamlessly scale operations to realize the full value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT.

With today’s announcement, F5 is introducing:
  • BIG-IP ® v11.4 software, providing enhanced features including integration capabilities with SDN topologies based on VXLAN and NVGRE environments
  • Increased programmability and control-plane extensibility with F5’s new iCall technology, providing the dynamic automation of event-driven policy decisions in the network
  • Updated platform offerings, including the completion of the BIG-IP hardware refresh, on-demand licensing, and more powerful BIG-IP virtual editions with the industry’s broadest hypervisor support

Unifying Application Delivery Services: The Power of F5’s ScaleN Architecture

ScaleN intelligently allocates resources to scale systems up, down, in, and out as needed across physical and virtual solutions with complete device flexibility and resilience. Unlike other vendors’ offerings that scale capacity unpredictably, ScaleN technology enables organizations to manage resources dynamically by dedicating resources to a particular application, service, or instance. IT administrators are free to implement highly flexible systems that scale resources to any cloud or data center location based on what applications require, and then scale those resources back when no longer needed. Customers enjoy intelligent resource usage based on business policies and the ability to combine application delivery services with emerging SDN, cloud, and network virtualization initiatives.

In addition, only ScaleN provides a way to seamlessly consolidate infrastructures and maximize application availability without paying an associated performance penalty for adding new services. When comparing device performance levels and scalability, F5’s approach can scale infrastructures at one-fifth the cost of competitors’ products. The software- and hardware-based ADC products introduced today leverage ScaleN.

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