F5 Bridges SDN Gap with App-Relevant Solution

App delivery services vendor F5 Networks has a new story to tell -- and it taps into the software-defined trend thatEUs racing through the tech sector. The company just announced its F5 Synthesis architectural vision for the delivery and orchestration of software-defined application services, or SDAS, throughout the data center, cloud and hybrid environments.

F5 Synthesis is powered by an elastic, multi-tenant and high-performance services fabric. SDAS complement existing layer 2-3 network and compute-focused efforts, the firm said, by filling the gap in support for critical layer 4 through layer 7 services. The company said its latest innovation makes it possible for enterprises to rapidly and cost-effectively provision layer 4-7 services to anyone at any time without constraints.

EUF5 is highly aware of the shifts transforming the application delivery controller (ADC) market, based on ongoing dialogue with customers, partners, and industry influencers,EU said Manny Rivelo, executive vice president of Strategic Solutions at F5. EUWith Synthesis, we are better aligning around the priorities and deployment preferences of enterprises and service providers to best address the direction IT is headed -- billions of users, trillions of Internet-connected devices, and millions of essential applications.EU

Addressing Layer 4-7 Services

Business stakeholders today are highly sensitive to the time it takes to deliver new services and applications to the market. Trends and technologies such as agile, DevOps, cloud, and SDN have made great strides toward meeting service velocity requirements across development, operations, and networking teams but, as F5 sees it, have not adequately addressed key layer 4-7 services.

With F5 Synthesis, the company hopes to fill that gap with an open and extensible framework that allows a growing ecosystem of technology partners to collaborate on integrated provisioning and orchestration systems to address velocity requirements across compute, network, and application services.

F5 is clearly on to something. According to Gartner Inc.'s,...

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