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Extending the value of IBM PureSystems

Application Optimization and High Availability for IBM PureSystems with the F5 BIG-IP Family

F5 Networks Inc.
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IBM PureFlex System
Provided by:F5 Networks Inc.
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Version:s 9.x, 10.x, 11.x
Enhance the performance, security, and availability of enterprise applications delivered on the next generation IBM® PureSystems™ platform. The F5 product family enables faster application deployment and response, greater availability, and higher resource utilization for a better return on investment.
  • - Business Value

    Pattern Overview


    BIG-IP Product Modules

    F5 application delivery products are modular, designed with expansion and customization in mind. BIG-IP product modules let you easily incorporate new functionality, so you can quickly adapt to changing application and business challenges.

    •Local Traffic Manager
    •Global Traffic Manager
    •Link Controller
    •Application Security Manager
    •Access Policy Manager
    •WebAccelerator

    BIG-IP Hardware/Virtual Edition

    Our platforms deliver unmatched power, dramatically improving Layer 4-7 traffic throughput and providing better application delivery. F5's TMOS architecture is at the heart of all BIG-IP platforms, efficiently isolating clients from the server-side flows to increase application performance and allow custom payload inspection and transformation capabilities with iRules.

    With BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Virtual Edition (VE), you can take your Application Delivery Network virtual. You get the agility you need to create a mobile, scalable, and adaptable infrastructure for virtualized applications.

    Like the physical BIG-IP LTM appliance, BIG-IP LTM VE is a full proxy between users and application servers, providing a layer of abstraction that secure, optimizes, and load balances application traffic.

     

    Business Case

    Enable business objectives by:
    • Reducing costs
    • Driving revenue
    • Minimizing impact on the organization

    Align IT agility with business demands

    Meet current business needs while expanding IT infrastructure for growth in a flexible, forward looking fashion

    Bring together network, servers, storage, and security to:
    • Decrease costs and risks
    • Increase ROI
    • Simplify deployment and maintenance
    • Meet SLAs

    Modernize business capabilities by building on existing IT infrastructure

    Provide a high level of service and performance by creating a balance between control over the infrastructure and meeting business needs

    Understand current and future organizational needs by working closely with business owners

    Demonstrate value to the organization by increasing the ability to generate revenue and/or drive the business ahead

    Deliver flexible and dynamic solutions

    Focus strongly on security

    Create a network/storage solution that is designed for scale, performance, and availability

    Eliminate downtime and keep the business running smoothly on the network

    Make sure that information is always available to the right people at the right time Deliver technologies that enable the team to be flexible and dynamic

    Business Problem

    Applications running across networks encounter a wide range of performance, security and availability challenges that can be mitigated to improve application delivery and optimize resources. The F5 BIG-IP product family is a system of hardware and virtualized application delivery functions that enhance the quality of service delivered by IBM®'s PureSystems™ platform and provide a high-availability environment for enterprise-class applications.

  • -Technical Details

    Benefits of F5 products for PureSystems™:

    • Gain greater value from cloud, virtualization, and dynamic infrastructure initiatives
    • Increase application performance, availability, and security Implement contextual security and defend against a spectrum of attack vectors while easing regulatory compliance
    • Ensure business continuity and fast disaster recovery with global load balancing that directs users to the best performing data center
    • Consolidate data centers and servers and achieve faster response times while offloading workloads for greater resource utilization
    • Speed application deployment with flexible F5 iApps templates that enable fast configuration of application-specific

  • - More Information

    Provider Information


    Name: Michael McClure

    Email: IBMGlobalAlliance@f5.com

    Phone: (610) 277-2315

PureSystems patterns are part of a broad portfolio of PureSystems solutions for business, cloud, and infrastructure applications.

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