According to Jeff Browning, Senior Director of Online Strategy at F5 Networks, “With DevCentral’s move to Bluelock’s public cloud environment, we’ve increased DevOps agility, achieving faster, more frequent application updates that optimize development cycles.”
Seattle-based application delivery networking vendor F5 Networks runs a technical user community site called devcentral.f5.com, where over 115,000 global IT professionals collaborate with peers to enhance and create solutions to deliver better applications. DevCentral is a key competitive differentiator for F5, but with the growing success of the site, it became clear to the DevCentral team that changes needed to be made in order to address the stress made on the system from the ever-increasing number of new users, applications and modules.
The DevCentral team wanted the community to grow and expand rapidly, in a way that traditional IT infrastructure couldn’t. IT wanted a cloud infrastructure they could implement, embrace and manage successfully that reduced complexity and increased agility. The team decided to choose vCloud Datacenter partner Bluelock as their public cloud provider due to their established position as a cloud leader, their use of F5’s BIG-IP products (which could be easily integrated into DevCentral’s architecture) and their existing partnership with F5.
As Browning shares, “We needed a cloud partner with an enterprise frame of mind not only committed to a successful implementation, but also our long-term success in the cloud – both from a financial and technical perspective. Bluelock was that partner.”
Here are the business benefits F5 was able to achieve by moving to the cloud with vCloud Datacenter partner, Bluelock:
- Comprehensive protection of valuable information assets and community trust through Bluelock’s proven security and compliance capabilities;
- Ability to scale cloud resources on demand and in line with their strategic plans;
- Agility of Bluelock Virtual Datacenters while also maintaining an architecture and delivery scheme that makes sense to enterprise architects and IT leadership.
Furthermore, Browning says, “By integrating development and operations into one team and by virtualizing all systems and infrastructure, upgrades, code pushes and security policy updates take minutes or hours instead of days or sometimes weeks.”
What’s next on F5’s cloud journey?
Because F5’s move to the cloud has provided a significant step forward in terms of agility and the ability to scale as needed, Browning says the company is “looking forward to ways in which we can continue to increase agility and deliver the best community experience.” F5 Networks also plans to evolve its own architecture based on the best practices framework for cloud architecture that was created during their 30-day DevOps cloud implementation process, as well as educate other F5 teams about the available architecture to support their cloud needs.
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