Operationally unified architectures able to leverage cloud computing without compromising on control and security are key to mitigating unintended consequences of cloud
The adoption of cloud computing introduces operational challenges that would once required a single-vendor architecture solution. Today, thanks to service-focused APIs and control planes, it is possible to overcome operational challenges posed by the need for diverse infrastructure components and systems to collaborate. By enabling F5 solutions with a flexible, service-focused control plane architecture, F5 infrastructure can collaborate with components, systems and APIs to enable the automation and flexibility required to realize a dynamic data center.
F5 solutions are deployed in strategic points in the network, forming the foundation for a diversified, dynamic data center powered by a flexible control plane and designed on the premise of integration. This position in the data center allows F5 solutions to enable integration, replication, and automation of policies, processes, applications, and systems in an operationally consistent way. By maintaining the cost savings and operational efficiencies of cloud and virtualization, F5 mitigates operational risks to performance, availability, and security across every environment - on and off premise.
This approach is necessary because the unintended consequences (side-effects) of cloud can directly impact operational complexity, costs, and risk, which may completely or partially negate its benefits. To avoid this requires a strategy that leverages operational consistency and the ability to replicate operational processes, policies, and data across multiple deployments. That means anywhere an organizational resource is deployed should be integrated into and subject to the same processes and policies that govern existing, data-center deployed resources. Strategic points of control form the framework for ensuring the benefits of virtualization and cloud computing are not lost to unintended consequences.
Technologies from F5 that specifically address these unintended consequences by supporting a dynamic and operationally consistent delivery platform capable of spanning environments and data center models include:
iApp is a feature name for what are fundamentally programmable application templates. These templates make simple user interfaces for complex system configurations.
ADDRESSES: Fast deployment of applications without compromising security and increases operational efficiencies through a more service-oriented, black-box style approach to deployment.
TMOS is the underlying, shared product platform for F5 BIG-IP products that is unlike anything else in the industry. TMOS application control plane architecture creates a unified pool of highly scalable, resilient, and reusable services that can adapt to dynamically changing data center and virtual conditions
ADDRESSES: A shared platform allows consolidation of application delivery services onto a single platform, providing boosts for efficiency without requiring multiple management systems or frameworks.
The ScaleN architecture provides you with the ability to scale up or scale out on demand, creating an elastic application delivery controller (ADC) processing platform that
can grow as your business needs change. The ScaleN approach delivers a superior way to scale application delivery services that creates true deployment flexibility and simplifies system and application-level maintenance and departs from the traditional N+1 model.
ADDRESSES: Auto-scalability of both infrastructure and applications without sacrificing the elasticity associated with cloud computing models.
F5’s open-standards based API, iControl, provides granular control over BIG-IP solutions throughout the application delivery lifecycle.
ADDRESSES: Auto-scalability of applications by providing an integration interface for popular virtualization provisioning and orchestration solutions.
iStats are custom configurable control and data plane statistics that allow greater visibility into the business and operational performance of applications and BIG-IP.
ADDRESSES: Auto-scalability of applications by providing an greater visibility options.
By taking advantage of an operationally consistent application delivery tier to integrate cloud resources, organizations can mitigate the unintended consequences of cloud and realize its benefits without compromising elsewhere.