F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV) has introduced a new software-based management solution to enable deployment of application delivery and network services across both public and private cloud environments, traditional data centers and hybrid environments. BIG-IQ Cloud was designed to provide customers with centralized management of the application control plane for the F5 BIG-IP product family, aiming to deliver application-layer SDN (software-defined network) services, while bringing intelligence and programmability to software-defined data centers. Here's are the details.

The company said BIG-IQ Cloud was developed to address challenges attached to moving applications to the cloud, including the management of tools needed to determine benefits of the transition. It gives customers and cloud providers a single, consistent and actionable view of application delivery and network services.

According to the company, BIG-IQ Cloud includes the following features:

  • Orchestrated application delivery and network services -- With BIG-IQ Cloud, services can be federated across cloud systems for management. The solution’s REST API enables users to integrate F5 technologies with existing management and cloud orchestration tools to create customized solutions for enhanced infrastructure and resource control. Additionally, network virtualization controller vendors can integrate their technologies with BIG-IQ via northbound APIs to coordinate and provision application delivery and network services;
  • Self-service and automated service provisioning capabilities -- Application services can be rapidly provisioned and made available to new users and systems in minutesrather than weeks. F5 iApps  templates can enable customers to create, update and optimize services to suit their specific application mix, business priorities and available IT resources; and
  • Multi-tenant self-service portal for health monitoring -- With its management dashboard, BIG-IQ Cloud enables organizations to provide differentiated application delivery and network services while monitoring application health status. Administrators gain visibility to troubleshoot issues and assist in fault isolation analysis. This is essential for organizations extending their applications into public cloud environments where visibility is required to pinpoint any cause of poor performance or application issues. Moreover, this approach also allows cloud providers to differentiate or tier the application services they offer to customers, increasing providers’ visibility into resource usage and opening new revenue opportunities.

"Organizations are pursuing a wide variety of on-premises and off-premises cloud solutions to bolster efficiency and reduce costs,” said F5 Product Management and Marketing Vice President Jason Needham. "With BIG-IQ Cloud, F5 customers can seamlessly configure and automate application delivery services—such as availability and optimization—in cloud and hybrid infrastructures. In line with our vision for application-layer SDN, BIG-IQ Cloud offers customers an effective way to dynamically scale services, infrastructure, and application resources in concert."

For more information on BIGIQ-Cloud, please visit the company's website.