Industry News Desk
F5 Networks and VMware Help BlueLock Launch Virtual Cloud Computing Platform
Uses BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager to deliver scalable virtual IT environments
Sep. 17, 2008 04:30 PM
F5 Networks has announced that BlueLock is using the F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) solution with VMware virtualization solutions to provide clients with its virtual cloud computing platform. Using an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) model, virtual cloud computing enables BlueLock's clients to scale their IT infrastructure as business needs fluctuate, while also scaling the associated costs.
With virtual cloud computing, BlueLock delivers pre-configured, virtual IT environments that are secure, resilient, and scalable on-demand. Clients pay a monthly fee for the infrastructure they use plus a retainer for reserve capacity. When a client's load increases, the virtual machines in reserve are seamlessly added to the client's pool and the client is charged according to utilization. As needs decrease, virtual machines are removed and the client no longer incurs the expense of the additional capacity.
BlueLock chose BIG-IP LTM to provide load balancing and SSL offload for its entire virtualized infrastructure. In addition, BIG-IP LTM collects usage and traffic data that is essential to BlueLock's provisioning algorithms. This data also provides detailed visibility into each client's current network, systems, and capacity utilization, which is shared through BlueLock's Vital Signs client portal.
To achieve high availability in a traditional IT environment, companies typically purchase the infrastructure required to handle the highest potential load they might reach at any time, and then pay ongoing operating expenses to maintain the infrastructure. With the BlueLock virtual cloud, clients simply pay as they go.
To learn more about deploying F5 solutions with VMware, visit F5 Networks.