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Operationalizing The Network now available with F5 and Cisco ACI

#ACI #SDN With the availability of the F5 device package for Cisco APIC, you can now rapidly provision the (entire) network from top to bottom. 

service-provisioning-improveA key concern of IT continues to center on provisioning of network services. Whether eliminating the time consuming task of manually provisioning network attributes network device by device or trying to eliminate inefficiencies within the broader "network" service provisioning process, the goal is the same: increase the speed and accuracy with which network services are provisioned.

SDN and related technologies promise to do just that by operationalizing the network.

Last fall Cisco announced its Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) vision and then focused on the network by bringing its Application Policy Infrastructure Controller ™ (APIC) to fruition. Seeing our visions align fully on the need for operationalization of the network with a focus on the application, F5 committed to supporting Cisco APIC by delivering a device package to enable the rapid provisioning of F5's Software Defined Application Services (SDAS).

Today we're pleased to announce the availability - at no charge - of that device package. 

The availability lets customers configure application policies and requirements for F5 services across the L2-7 fabric and subsequently automatically provision the services necessary to ensure the entire stack of network services - from top to bottom, layer 2 through layer 7 - are available when applications need them.

You can download the F5 Device Package for Cisco APIC today and learn more about how F5 and Cisco work together: 

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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.

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