It has been seven months since my colleague and I have been given responsibility for the Technology Alliance Program (TAP) and I would like to highlight some of the solutions and joint partnerships that we have established over the last several months. 

First our qualification with NetApp Clustered Ontap with our WOM product was a clear demonstration of the economic benefits of deduplicating and accelerating large Oracle data sets even over metro distances.  A combination of NetApp’s scale-out storage technology and the F5 BIG-IP WOM product ensures a more efficient centralized storage and data protection strategy.  For an overview of the testing that we performed at the NetApp RTP facility please see the following link below:

http://www.f5.com/pdf/solution-profiles/netapp-snapmirror-solution-profile.pdf

 

As for FlexPod validated designs, we continue to focus on our joint channel partners to validate FlexPod and F5 solutions.  Application Delivery is a crucial component of a large scale virtualization and data center consolidation projects so F5 BIG-IP and FlexPod validated designs are a natural fit.  Many of our top partners understand the importance of packaging the Application Delivery features into a FlexPod solution so that their focused customers have a full turn-key deployment.  We have validated two solutions on a FlexPod thus far; one for  VMware View and another for Exchange 2010 with more solutions in the pipeline for 2013.

 

Our SAP partnership also demonstrated the clear performance and scale benefits in utilizing the F5 BIG-IP platform to scale SAP Business Objects to over 10,000 simultaneous users for a sustained 12 hour period.  It was estimated that this evaluation scale could support an enterprise of 250,000 users demonstrating performance and scale for a company of almost any size.  Details of the deployment and testing results can be found here:

http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/70e0d5b0-64e4-2f10-9395-9aa64cfcd383?QuickLink=index&overridelayout=true&57071525429894

 

In the healthcare space we have begun the process of building best practices deployment documents specifically around Epic, the leading EMR software provider in hospitals and clinics in North America.  We are now building and validating best practices for Care Everywhere, Epic Hyperspace Web and enabling very large healthcare organizations to secure patient records information.  Details of our success with Epic at Kettering can be found by linking to the following case study:

http://www.f5.com/pdf/case-studies/kettering-case-study.pdf

 

Finally in the education space we have provided some deployment details on utilizing BIG-IP LTM with Blackboard on one of our successful joint deployments and plan to expand our education solutions portfolio in the new year. Details on our field validated solution with blackboard can be found in a previous blog posting here: 

https://devcentral.f5.com/weblogs/mquill 

 

If there is a joint partnership or solution with F5 BIG-IP that would benefit your customers or your enterprise please feel free to reach out and let us know. Have a happy 2013!