It’s hard to find an enterprise company who hasn’t considered cloud native technologies to help meet user demands or to be more agile. So, what’s holding teams back from making that move, now? One of the reasons more organizations haven’t taken the leap is that many of the critical parts of the cloud native stack are open source offerings. While open source projects offer significant advantages and improved flexibility, the overall investment of taking up fast-moving open source projects on an ongoing basis with having little control over the project direction is often untenable for enterprises. Another reason for hesitation is that the current cloud native market is saturated, and certain to see meaningful consolidation in the coming years. The choices can be overwhelming—and the downside of making the wrong bet on a potentially soon-to-be-obsolete technology can outweigh the upside of the benefits.
In short, cloud native technology is driving tremendous innovation in networking and application delivery, but as with all nascent markets, there are significant hurdles to adoption. Additionally, the cost of running, maintaining and supporting open source projects is often overlooked in favor of the promise of speed and flexibility. F5 wants to help you navigate this transition and remove elements of hesitation and second-guessing, so you can get the speed and flexibility of open source without the uncertainty.
Infrastructure and cloud native applications are moving toward an Open API and open source first approach. Open source projects such as Kubernetes have been broadly adopted by the enterprise and show no signs of slowing down. With this in mind, many teams at F5 are focused on contributing to and leading open source projects, and building open APIs to enable F5 customers to get all the speed and flexibility of open source without having to manage the burden. We do that by taking the "chop wood, carry water" approach so our customers can focus on what's important to them, like creating business value with their applications, while benefiting from a vendor-neutral community-driven technology stack.
F5 helps customers be successful with open source in these critical ways:
By design, Open Source projects move fast and rapidly add features that can be challenging for enterprise engineering teams to keep up with. This is a critical consideration with cloud native infrastructure projects as the upgrade and rollout cycles can be long for enterprises, and quite impactful to an organization’s developers and customers alike. F5 plays an important role by providing customers a predictable release and deprecation cycle for the open source projects we support. We take the lessons learned from our experiences in this space to create a better experience that meets the expectations of large mature organizations.
If you are on your open source journey or are just thinking about getting started, our team of experts at F5 is here to help you make the most of it.