#ACI #SDN With the availability of the F5 device package for Cisco APIC, you can now rapidly provision the (entire) network from top to bottom. 

service-provisioning-improveA key concern of IT continues to center on provisioning of network services. Whether eliminating the time consuming task of manually provisioning network attributes network device by device or trying to eliminate inefficiencies within the broader "network" service provisioning process, the goal is the same: increase the speed and accuracy with which network services are provisioned.

SDN and related technologies promise to do just that by operationalizing the network.

Last fall Cisco announced its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) vision and then focused on the network by bringing its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller ™ (APIC) to fruition. Seeing our visions align fully on the need for operationalization of the network with a focus on the application, F5 committed to supporting Cisco APIC by delivering a device package to enable the rapid provisioning of F5's Software Defined Application Services (SDAS).

Today we're pleased to announce the availability - at no charge - of that device package. 

The availability lets customers configure application policies and requirements for F5 services across the L2-7 fabric and subsequently automatically provision the services necessary to ensure the entire stack of network services - from top to bottom, layer 2 through layer 7 - are available when applications need them.

You can download the F5 Device Package for Cisco APIC today and learn more about how F5 and Cisco work together: