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F5 Networks

F5 Networks, Inc. is an American-based company that specializes in application delivery networking (ADN) technology for the delivery of web applications and the security, performance, availability of servers, data storage devices, and other network and cloud resources. F5 is headquartered in Seattle, Washington, and has other development, manufacturing, and sales/marketing offices. F5 originally manufactured and sold some early load balancing products.

Today, F5 offers products and services in application delivery, security, and cloud-focused markets.and the world’s largest businesses, service providers, government entities, and consumer brands rely on F5 to deliver and secure their applications and services while ensuring people stay connected.

 

BIG-IP Platform

A blend of software and hardware that’s a load balancer and a full proxy. It gives you the ability to control the traffic that passes through your network.

Make it fast, available, and secure.

The BIG-IP platform is a smart evolution of Application Delivery Controller (ADC) technology. Solutions built on this platform are load balancers. And they’re full proxies that give visibility into, and the power to control—inspect and encrypt or decrypt—all the traffic that passes through your network.

Software and hardware.

BIG-IP software runs on BIG-IP or VIPRION hardware or as a virtual edition on a client server. Hardware offers the greatest scalability, while virtual editions offer added deployment flexibility.

BIG-IP products provide application services ranging from access and acceleration to security to intelligent traffic management.

The BIG-IP platform runs the network. What runs the BIG-IP platform?

Underlying all BIG-IP hardware and software is F5’s proprietary operating system, TMOS, which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability.

With its application control plane architecture, TMOS gives you control over the acceleration, security, and availability services your applications require.

TMOS establishes a virtual, unified pool of highly scalable, resilient, and reusable services that can dynamically adapt to the changing conditions in data centers and virtual and cloud infrastructures.

Take advantage of TMOS’s open API.

F5 products built on TMOS offer flexibility via an open API.

  • Applications can cue TMOS-based devices to control traffic flow and maximize performance using the iControl API.
  • You gain granular control over traffic going through F5 devices using iRules, F5’s scripting language.
  • iApps templates let you deploy and manage network services for specific applications.

What does each BIG-IP product do?

The BIG-IP product suite is a system of application delivery services that work together on the BIG-IP platform.

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

Provides intelligent traffic management as well as advanced application security, acceleration, and optimization.

BIG-IP DNS

Directs users to the best-performing data center to optimize app performance. Secures your infrastructure and keeps apps online during high query volumes and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM)

Integrates and unifies secure user access to applications.

Secure Web Gateway Services

Paired with BIG-IP APM, lets you create and administer policies to manage web access, as well as spot and block web-borne threats.

BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM)

Gives you the flexibility to deploy web application firewall (WAF) services close to apps, so they’re protected wherever they reside.

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Protects apps from even the most aggressive volumetric DDoS attacks.

BIG-IP Application Acceleration Manager (AAM)

Overcomes WAN latency, maximizes server capacity, and speeds application response times.

BIG-IP Link Controller

Manages links to distribute inbound and outbound traffic with greater efficiency and resiliency.

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager

The brain of the BIG-IP platform, it intelligently manages network traffic so applications are always fast, available, and secure.

Intelligent traffic management—emphasis on intelligent.

Get granular control of your traffic.

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) gives you a depth of understanding about your network’s application traffic and control over how it’s handled. It transforms the chaotic volume of network traffic into logically assembled streams of data, and then makes intelligent traffic management decisions, selecting the right destination based on server performance, security, and availability.

Yes, BIG-IP LTM enables sophisticated load balancing. But, that’s just the beginning.

If you can see it, you can manipulate it.

Because BIG-IP LTM is a full proxy, you can inspect, manage, and report on application traffic entering and exiting your network. From basic load balancing to complex traffic management decisions based on client, server, or application status, BIG-IP LTM gives you granular control over app traffic.

For example, if you want to direct traffic based on the requested URL or log specific server responses to a reporting system, BIG-IP LTM has the architecture and the tools you need to do it.

Operational efficiency? Check.

BIG-IP LTM can optimize the speed and reliability of your applications via both network and application layers.

Using real-time protocol and traffic management decisions based on application and server conditions, extensive connection management, and TCP and content offloading, BIG-IP LTM dramatically improves page load times and the user experience.

Whether it’s negotiating high-latency networks or offloading millions of connections, BIG-IP LTM can improve the performance of your infrastructure and your applications.

Blazing-fast SSL. Increased performance and security.

The SSL performance of BIG-IP LTM lets you cost-effectively protect the end-to-end user experience by encrypting everything from the client to the server. It also scales on-demand and absorbs potentially crippling DDoS attacks.

Often SSL is turned on throughout the network. Thing is, most network security devices aren’t built to detect malicious traffic in layers 4–7. Separating the good and bad traffic is the first problem, taking action on the malicious traffic is the second.

BIG-IP LTM includes levels of inspection necessary to block bad traffic and allow good traffic to pass through.

Scale and speed in sync with your network.

Bandwidth minus the baggage.

With BIG-IP LTM, you get a sophisticated, enterprise-class load balancer. You also get granular layer 7 control, SSL offloading and acceleration capabilities, and ScaleN technology that delivers on-demand scaling.

Speaking of speed, the highly optimized TCP/IP stack, TCP Express, combines TCP/IP techniques and improvements in the latest RFCs with extensions we’ve developed to minimize the effect of congestion and packet loss and recovery.

In fact, independent testing tools and customer experiences show TCP Express delivers up to a 2x performance gain for users and a 4x increase in bandwidth efficiency—all with no change to servers, applications, or client desktops.

Programmability gets personal.

Adapt to changes that challenge your network.

BIG-IP LTM is programmable, so you can take the visibility and control it provides and immediately act on it using iRules, F5’s event-driven scripting language. From defeating zero-day attacks to cloning specific app requests or dealing with custom application protocols, iRules let you adapt to application delivery challenges across the data center, virtual infrastructure, and the cloud.

Deploy faster and streamline operations with iApps, a set of features that allow management application services rather than individual devices and objects. iApps gives you greater visibility and control over app delivery—so you can deploy in hours instead of weeks.

Big-IP Virtual Editions

Run BIG-IP software on commodity hardware in the public or private cloud.

Make your move.

Flexibility and agility are more than buzzwords: They’re the reality of the application world. Frequent refresh cycles and changing demands limit how quickly you can react. When you need to move faster than hardware allows, BIG-IP virtual editions (VEs) are the virtual application delivery controllers—and other programs—you need.

Virtually identical.

The virtual editions of BIG-IP products offer the same breadth of features available in hardware solutions. Get the scalability, security, customization, and adaptability BIG-IP products are known for, all in software designed for virtual, cloud, and hybrid environments. Virtual editions are available for:

BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM)

Provides intelligent traffic management as well as advanced application security, acceleration, and optimization.

BIG-IP DNS

Directs users to the best-performing data center to optimize app performance. Secures your infrastructure and keeps apps online during high query volumes and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

BIG-IP Access Policy Manager (APM)

Integrates and unifies secure user access to applications.

BIG-IP Application Acceleration Manager (AAM)

Overcomes WAN latency, maximizes server capacity, and speeds application response times.

BIG-IP Advanced Firewall Manager (AFM)

Protects apps from even the most aggressive volumetric DDoS attacks.

BIG-IP Application Security Manager (ASM)

Gives you the flexibility to deploy web application firewall (WAF) services close to apps, so they’re protected wherever they reside.

BIG-IP Carrier-Grade NAT (CGNAT)

Stay ahead of the transition from IPv4 to IPv6, without affecting the end-user experience.

BIG-IP Policy Enforcement Manager (PEM)

Manage your policies with a comprehensive policy charging enforcement function.

System configuration doesn’t have to be static.

With iRules, iApps, and iControl technologies, VEs are highly programmable to meet the specific needs of your business. From granular traffic management to rapid response, supporting new protocols to integrating with leading orchestration products, get increased control over application performance and security in a variety of situations.

Speed to market.

Make new applications available to users in minutes. VEs feature on-demand deployment options for both high-density and multi-tenant infrastructures, so application services spin up quickly and efficiently.