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HP extends virtual application networks with F5 tie-up

08 May 2012

HP has teamed up with F5 in an effort to dramatically speed up the time required to configure and deploy virtualised application servers on enterprise networks.

The companies are working together to combine F5's application management tools with HP Virtual Application Network (VAN) fabric.

The combined platform will offer a series of plug-ins and configuration tools which allow administrators to create profiles and policies for both configuring virtual servers and incorporating them into the network.

HP networking director of marketing Kash Shaikh told V3 the platform would eliminate the need to manually configure settings when deploying a virtual machine, such as the command line interface network configurations which can add up to as many as 250,000 entries per datacentre network.

"Even if you are good and make a mistake every thousand commands that is still 250 errors, it is like finding a needle in the haystack," Shaikh explained.

"What we are doing with the virtual application network is marking the beginning of the end of the command line interface."

Much of the company's strategy involves the use of policy controls and management within the VAN platform as well as VMware vCenter plug-ins which allow both systems and network administrators to automate much of the configuration process.

In doing so, the company believes that enterprises can reduce the time needed to set up a virtual application server from a months at a time to minutes.

The two firms are also set to work together on mobility tools. The companies said that the combination of HP and F5 application monitoring and provisioning tools will allow administrators to set policies for mobile devices based on individual applications rather than user or device profiles.

"It is not just providing a user access into the network," said Shaikh, "we can provide access to users based on application itself."

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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