F5's Latest Big-IP Updates Target SDN, Hybrid Cloud Environments

F5 Networks has introduced the latest version of its Big-IP application delivery software, aimed at helping organizations more easily deploy and manage applications running across distributed virtual and physical networks.

The latest version -- Big-IP v11.4 -- is the fourth iteration of Big-IP v11, the application delivery software F5 unveiled in 2011. Like the initial release of Big-IP 11, the new Big-IP v11.4, according to F5, was designed to streamline the application delivery process within next-generation data centers, or those employing a mix of hardware, virtual and cloud environments.

Big-IP v11.4 tackles these challenges largely through F5's ScaleN architecture. ScaleN, according to F5, is designed to scale up or scale out to create an elastic application delivery controller (ADC) processing platform that adjusts itself as business needs change. In other words, ScaleN can allocate network resources to a particular application or service when needed and then automatically dial those resources down when they aren't.

July 18,2013