The evolution of applications is revolutionizing the way we live our lives. How we consume information, how we communicate with others, how we run our businesses – application impact is endless. Network operationalization is key to addressing the challenges that come with the explosive growth of applications.
For business leaders, the pressure to keep pace and enthrall customers is a real challenge. Applications offer a way to get a leg up on the competition, but the reliance for faster connectivity, more control, and improved convenience creates a culture where organizations need to quickly adapt, or face a major setback – losing their customer base.
In a new white paper from F5, we learn that networks of today were designed to support a web-based economy. However, with the rapid progression of new applications and application models, no longer is there a static idea of scalability, security, or topology. Instead, users are dynamic and application-orientated while their ecosystems are chosen on-demand. This poses a serious problem that leaves businesses unable to adapt to new network requirements.
The remedy for today’s application world rests in software-defined networking (SDN). With SDN (and the network operationalization it provides), the ability to transform the network from a predictable and stagnant environment to an agile and flexible architecture is within reach. But classic SDN still isn’t enough to meet market expectations. The white paper notes that 59 percent agreed that classic SDN could not support the stateful services applications need.
F5 Synthesis helps achieve the architectural aim of stateful SDN, specifically Layer 4-7 services necessary to a comprehensive SDN model. An application-driven platform, F5 Synthesis provides Software-Defined Application Services (SDAS) that are instrumental in delivering modern applications that address user expectations. As a fabric-based model, Synthesis enables SDAS to meet changing business demands, and continue to evolve in unison with the applications it delivers.
With SDN and platforms like F5 Synthesis, network operationalization is at our fingertips. We can continue to use applications in the manner that enables our businesses to grow, scale, and meet user demand quickly and efficiently. As an approach to network operationalization, SDN gives businesses a real chance to achieve greater operational scale, as well as build out application services that support the apps we’ve come to rely on.
To learn more about F5’s role in network operationalization and stateful SDN, download the F5 white paper “Operationalizing the Network: SDN” now.