Verizon Turns to F5, Makes Play for Enterprise Cloud
F5 adds network traffic and security management services to Verizon Cloud.
- By Christa Ayer
In hopes of positioning itself as an alternative to Amazon Web Services for enterprises seeking cloud services, Verizon is turning to F5 Networks for network traffic and security technology. Verizon has embedded F5's BIG-IP product suite into its new Cloud Compute infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) platform.
One key component is F5's BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager, which promises high application performance by connecting isolated environments and directing users to the best-performing data center. In addition, Verizon Cloud uses the BIG-IP Access Policy Manager for consistent deployment and enforcement of security policies. With network functions virtualization (NFV) and BIG-IP solutions, Verizon Cloud customers can maintain consolidated security credentials to access business applications and networks globally.
The F5 announcement comes on the heels of news that the Department of Health and Human Services plans to move its high-profile Healthcare.gov site way from Verizon to HP next year. Read Redmond Editor Jeffrey Schwartz's take on that story here.
Christa Ayer is a freelance technology writer based in Seattle, Wash.