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F5 Launches its First SaaS Offering

F5 Networks has extended its portfolio with a new delivery model that leverages the AWS SaaS Enablement Framework for its market-leading application services. F5 Cloud Services provide high-availability, self-service, and fully managed SaaS solutions that are easily provisioned and configured within minutes on AWS.

As enterprise-grade offerings, they are designed to support modern deployment scenarios such as cloud-native applications, microservices, and container-based environments. Consumed as a utility through a pay-as-you-go model in the AWS Marketplace, F5 Cloud Services offer predictable pricing, flexibility, and the ability to auto-scale to meet application workload demands.

F5 Cloud Services also deliver foundational security capabilities and will offer additional protections through future services that allow companies to configure and automate defenses for multiple attack vectors. Offering F5 capabilities through a SaaS delivery model provides an extensible framework to deliver additional services as needed over time, and throughout an application’s development and production lifecycle.

“Customers are increasingly looking for easy-to-consume, advanced SaaS-based application services for security and application delivery,” said Venu Aravamudan, SVP and General Manager of F5 Cloud Services. “F5’s advanced application delivery and security capabilities will now be delivered as modern, DevOps-centric SaaS solutions aligned with AWS best practices.”

“Using the AWS SaaS Factory and AWS SaaS Enablement Framework, we were able help F5 architect, develop, and deploy their new Cloud Services platform on AWS,” said Terry Wise, VP, WW Partners at AWS. “Customers can now consume F5 solutions in a SaaS model, while enabling developers to innovate without having to worry about managing infrastructure or the underlying code.”

By introducing F5 Cloud Services to the market in a continuous fashion, F5 is prioritizing a repeatable framework that delivers new SaaS offerings as quickly and seamlessly as possible. Secondary DNS Cloud Services are launching today in the AWS Marketplace, with a global server load balancing offer available in preview, and new security capabilities—including web application security protections designed to defend against existing and emerging application threats—coming soon.

F5 Cloud Services also represent a new way of delivering capabilities to a wide range of companies that are looking to conveniently layer application services as needed, taking its cues from the same types of agile development methodologies favored by modern application developers. Expanding on the preview introduced at last year’s AWS re:Invent conference, today’s announcement continues a strategic shift for F5 around innovative offerings best suited for how organizations, from start-ups to large enterprises, are deploying and consuming applications and services in the cloud.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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