F5 expands cloud licensing program for service providers

Staff writer
03 Jul 2012

The F5 cloud licensing program offers benefits for IaaS cloud providers, their customers, and channel partners alike. By including virtual editions of BIG-IP solutions as part of its cloud licensing program, F5 provides the first complete enterprise-class ADN solution in the cloud.

Enterprise IT customers transitioning to a cloud model are faced with tradeoffs. Cloud providers offering services typically require that IT relinquish control or create a unique management environment for off-premise applications.

This often causes friction between the IaaS provider and enterprise IT, with the service provider having difficulty complying with IT’s preference to retain control and ensure that applications are available. Until now, IaaS cloud providers have had to buy the necessary infrastructure to sufficiently address these demands and support their customers. However, this creates an enormous amount of business risk for cloud providers, due to the reluctance of enterprise customers to sign long-term contracts or employ a predictive use model.

With the introduction of its new cloud licensing program, F5 addresses these requirements. Providing a unified architecture for both private and public clouds with virtual editions on its award-winning BIG-IP platform, F5 now offers its advanced ADN solutions in a utility billing model.

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