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F5 ScaleN Bridges Gap Between SDN and ADC

By - Source: Toms IT Pro

F5 Networks announced a new product that promises to simplify application delivery by adding software defined networking (SDN) support to application delivery controllers (ADCs). The company's ScaleN platform allows SDN support for VXLAN and NVGRE environments, which are used by VMware and Microsoft. According to F5, the new architecture enables customers to leverage a broader set of functionality in virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT.

ScaleN promises to manage resources dynamically by dedicating resources to a particular application, service, or instance. The company also claims that the technology addresses performance requirements by allowing IT to consolidate different infrastructures, virtual and physical appliances, services and additional capabilities without having to anticipate a performance penalty. In a related announcement, F5 introduced iCall, a control-plane tool to manage application delivery. iCall can react to a changing application delivery scenario and adjust traffic policies and redirect application traffic.

ScaleN and iCall are available in F5's BIG-IP 5000 and 7000 series ADCs. These devices deliver up to 1.6M L7 RPS, up to 775K L4 CPS RPS, and up to 25,000 TPS with 18 Gbps encryption performance.

Pricing was not released.

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