F5 Teams With NetApp, VMware on Live Migration for Applications
F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), a specialist in Application Delivery Networking, announced improved live virtual machine migration capabilities for customers leveraging NetApp unified storage and VMware virtualization solutions. The solution combines the companies' technologies to help customers migrate live virtual machines between data centers without any perceivable disruption to users or applications.
F5 has continued its collaboration with NetApp and VMware to further simplify the migration of applications between data centers. Combining F5, NetApp, and VMware technologies, customers can optimize performance to improve the effectiveness of live migrations of virtual machines as well as applications that were not originally designed for distributed deployment.
"Strong partnerships with industry leaders such as NetApp and VMware
help us maximize the efficiency of customers' virtualization and cloud
deployments," said Jim Ritchings, vice president of business
development at F5 Networks. "By implementing F5, NetApp, and VMware
products in concert, our customers can dynamically and cost effectively
scale application resources across data centers, providing higher
availability and optimized performance for multiple scenarios-including
geographically dispersed users, disaster avoidance, and consolidation
efforts-to avoid planned downtime within data centers."
The combination of VMware vSphere 5, vMotion, NetApp FlexCache, and F5's BIG-IP products enables customers to distribute application deployments and virtual machines across multiple data centers. Through F5's broader BIG-IP portfolio of Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, and WAN Optimization Manager solutions, F5 helps ensure that user requests can be redirected and optimized throughout the migration process, meaning that systems can stay online and users maintain access to applications and data.
"With the combined solution, customers can extend the benefits of
virtualization beyond traditional, siloed data centers," said Patrick
Rogers, vice president of corporate alliances at NetApp. "Customers can
enjoy more control over dynamic resources, including where applications
reside and the physical resources they can access. With enhanced
application mobility, organizations are in a better position to
proactively address changing conditions, including potential disaster
scenarios in which application resources need to be diverted quickly
from a site or location under duress."
Parag Patel, vice president of global strategic alliances at VMware
said as many organizations build out their application deployment
models using virtualization and cloud technologies, interoperable
solutions are increasingly attractive. "VMware partners with leading
network and storage vendors to help customers get the most out of their
IT investments. F5 solutions, combined with VMware and NetApp
technologies, enable organizations to overcome network latency across
broader distances, providing fast and powerful live migration
capabilities with vMotion and now Metro vMotion," he said.