The teams at F5 and Microsoft have partnered to jointly develop a new native offering known as F5 NGINXaaS for Azure. The NGINXaaS offering is a simple and secure way to help you migrate and extend application workloads from on-premises to the Azure public cloud by bringing your configurations. If you are using NGINX today, or planning to use it in the future but are not quite sure where to start, then continue reading to learn more about the following:
F5 NGINXaaS for Azure is built directly into the Azure portal and is tightly integrated with the Azure ecosystem. This means you can utilize Azure security services like Azure Key Vault for bringing your SSL/TLS certificates and keys while using Azure Monitor for NGINX deployment metrics. You can even manage your NGINX configuration with syntax validation…all in one Azure panel. Of course, you can use your preferred method to deploy and manage: the Azure Portal, API or CLI. Talk about ease of use!
Here is a high-level architecture of F5 NGINXaaS for Azure and the related Azure components.
Key capabilities powered by F5 NGINXaaS for Azure:
Simplifies onboarding by leveraging NGINX as a service
Lowers operational overhead in running and optimizing NGINX
Supports migration of existing NGINX configurations to cloud with minimal effort
F5 NGINXaaS for Azure removes the burden of having to deploy your own NGINX Plus cluster, install libraries, upgrade, and manage it. Whether you are an existing or new NGINX customer, this means speed and simplicity with no IaaS to manage. This ease of use means there is no need for expert knowledge, and this is especially compelling for customers new to NGINX.
If you are an existing NGINX customer, F5 NGINXaaS for Azure gives you the ability to reuse what you already have on-premises. It is powered by NGINX Plus and enables you to easily copy your existing NGINX configuration into Azure cloud. This reduces the learning curve often experienced when customers begin to adopt public cloud to gain better security, availability, resiliency, and manageability.
Keep reading and I will show you just how easy it is! In 3…2…1…go!
Step-by-step Deployment of F5 NGINXaaS for Azure
This section will be my quick walkthrough of a new F5 NGINXaaS for Azure deployment. This is based on the F5 NGINXaaS for Azure “Overview and Quickstart”, so click the link and follow along! I will provide my demo screenshots where it requires additional clarity. Otherwise simply follow the docs link above.
At this point, we have a working cluster and demo application. Time to test!
Copy the public IP from the NGINX Deployment
Open a new web browser and test
Congratulations! You now have done a quick install and test of your first F5 NGINXaaS for Azure deployment.
This article covered the highlights of the new F5 NGINXaaS for Azure offering. I shared an overview of F5 NGINXaaS for Azure, listed the key capabilities of the new service and how that benefits our customers, and reviewed the problems solved. Lastly, I provided a quick walkthrough to put things in perspective how easy this offer is to deploy.
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