F5 Application Delivery Controllers Certified as VCE Vblock Ready


SEATTLE – F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) announced today that its BIG-IP® product portfolio is now certified as a Vblock Ready solution through the VCE Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. The TAP program is designed for independent software vendors, hardware manufacturers, virtual appliance vendors, and other technology providers looking to simplify and accelerate their solutions for deployment with VCE Vblock Systems.

As the result of dedicated certification efforts, organizations can confidently combine F5 and Vblock solutions in integrated, validated scenarios to optimize converged infrastructure and enhance data center and cloud deployments. Specifically, F5 technologies provide intelligent service delivery functions around application security, optimization, and availability that mesh seamlessly with leading converged infrastructure from VCE, increasing the value, utility, and flexibility of deployments in all types of IT environments.

VCE Vblock Systems provide rapid deployments and dramatically lower IT costs by offering pre-integrated, pre-tested, and pre-validated IT infrastructures that combine best-in-class compute, network, storage, data protection, and virtualization technologies from Cisco, EMC, and VMware, delivered as a single product with unified support. Vblock Ready certification provides customers with the assurance that F5’s BIG-IP Application Delivery Controllers can now interoperate with Vblock Systems.

F5 supports evolving infrastructure through a combination of its unique technologies (including ScaleN™ for ultimate growth and scalability) and an ecosystem of alliance partners. With F5’s elastic, fabric-based approach to services, customers can pursue dynamic resource models that support leading virtualization, cloud, and data center environments through a combination of physical, virtual, and multi-tenant solutions. Vblock Ready certification adds to F5’s growing list of integrated partner solutions.

VCE works with Superna™ to conduct and administer Vblock System certifications for VCE TAP program members. This certification enables mutual channel partners and customers to accelerate adoption of Vblock Systems while leveraging F5 solutions for impactful, consolidated functionality in the data center and the cloud.

Supporting Quotes

“Our goal is to make it as easy and seamless as possible for organizations to efficiently combine and automate F5 services with other solutions in the larger IT landscape. The F5 Synthesis™ platform provides a flexible, fabric-based approach in orchestrating dynamic functionality between software, hardware, and cloud-based infrastructure components. To this aim, partnership efforts play a crucial role in combining F5’s Software Defined Application Services™ with technology from leading vendors and industry organizations to integrate capabilities for L2-7 and beyond.”

Calvin Rowland, SVP, Business Development, F5 Networks

“As a VCE TAP partner, F5 can now integrate its products with Vblock Systems, delivering transformative data center solutions for mutual customers that further enable the agility, simplicity, and economics of converged infrastructure with F5’s expertise in application delivery. We’re pleased to welcome F5 as a Technology Alliance Partner for VCE Vblock Systems, and look forward to additional collaboration opportunities.”

D.J. Long, Senior Director, Technology Alliances, VCE

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