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Whether you've bought into DevOps or NetOps or SDN or SDDC (or all of them) as a way to operationalize the data center, one thing is clear: organizations are desirous of ways to deliver applications  and their infrastructure faster with fewer disruptions and with greater consistency. Automation and orchestration frameworks offer IT operations groups of all kinds - from storage to compute to network to security - a means to accomplish that task. That means every one who provides enterprise solutions in one of those four IT areas needs to support those efforts through APIs and, more importantly, pre-validated integration with the frameworks and tools customers want to use.

devops-frameworks-f5-2014When we asked over 300 customers about the tools and frameworks they use and want to use to automate and orchestrate their application infrastructure deployment experience the overwhelming answer was VMware.

That was a pleasant result to hear, given that we've been partnering with VMware for many years, bringing to market architectures, automation packages and integration with our F5 Synthesis architecture.

So it's probably no surprise that this post brings news of new and expanded offerings  with VMware available in VMware's vCloud Marketplace. Availability and security services delivered through BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager, Global Traffic Manager, and Application Security Manager software are now available, having achieved vCloud Air “Elite” certification for all three. With F5 Synthesis Simplified Business Model, customers can take a "bring your own license" approach when deploying VMware vCloud with F5's Good, Better, and Best packages

F5 also continues its history of contributing at VMware industry and partner events by sponsoring and exhibiting (booth #209) at this year's VMware Partner Exchange (PEX) conference. 

We'll also be participating in a variety of activities including:

  • Providing Automated Failover and Reliable Business Continuity with F5 and VMware vCloud Air

    vCloud Air Product Line Manager Yatin Chalke and F5 Business Development Manager Matt Quill discuss how F5 brings advanced application services to vCloud Air to automate disaster recovery/business continuity, hybrid cloud application deployments, cloud bursting, and global application availability.
  • F5 and VMware’s Horizon – Perfect Together

    In this breakout session, F5 Sr. Solution Architect Justin Venezia explains integration methods between F5 and each of VMware's End User Computing products. The program includes a deep-dive into sample BIG-IP configurations and a demo of combined load balancing and remote access solutions with VMware Horizon.
  • Boost Your Opportunity by Selling Integrated Solutions with VMware and F5

    F5 Regional VP of Channel Sales Keith McManigal and VMware Channel Sales Director Troy Wright outline the ways that F5’s BIG-IP application delivery platform and VMware solutions complement each other. Real-world examples are used to clearly demonstrate the benefits of combining F5 with VMware products such as NSX, Horizon, AirWatch, vRealize, and vCloud Air.

If you're attending VMware PEX be sure to stop by (that's booth #209). If you aren't (or even if you are) you can follow along on Twitter @f5networks for live updates