F5 collaboration simplifies applications running across Microsoft Azure Stack regions into a consolidated infrastructure for business operations
For many IT groups, the pressure to migrate to public clouds is immense. Internal business owners and application developers are wanting the agile, fungible architecture of a public cloud to help them move faster in driving business operational needs. But for certain IT applications and data, moving to a public cloud isn’t an option due to operational requirements that can’t always be addressed only by public clouds, such as:
In recognition of these challenges, Microsoft created Microsoft Azure Stack, an on-premises solution that enables select Azure services to be deployed from an enterprise’s own data center or in disconnected environments. Azure Stack is designed to enable organizations to build out on-prem clouds to address the previously noted requirements while interoperating with Azure. And to make it easier for organizations to deploy Azure Stack, Microsoft partnered with a select group of hardware vendors to deliver integrated solutions for customers. Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), one of the vendors chosen to deliver an integrated Azure Stack solution, has based its solution on the DL380 server platform.
HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack is a hybrid cloud solution that allows organizations to run Azure-consistent services in their data center(s), providing a simplified development, management, and security experience that is consistent with Azure public cloud services.
There are several challenges in creating infrastructure that scales across multiple discrete Azure Stack Regions. One is having application services that can serve a distributed application or groups of applications across multiple Azure Stack Regions (local or remote). The flip side is ensuring data (single application or multiple) is distributed via replication in real-time for application access. Both need to be consistent and persistent for the application or applications be able to perform and meet user expectations.
To build out reliable applications that span multiple Azure Stack regions (geographically dispersed or local) for a more scalable infrastructure, HPE partnered with F5 Networks. F5’s BIG-IP LTM and DNS provide application and security services that allow apps running on one or many Azure Stack regions to be seamless regardless of location or time zone, while HPE ProLiant for Microsoft Azure Stack ensures data replication between applications. The F5 BIG-IP system also operates identically on Azure (and other popular clouds as well) for ease of migration of applications and services and compliance adherence.
The F5 application services complement HPE server platform, allowing customers to virtualize Azure Stack regions into a single entity for a private cloud infrastructure that delivers the following benefits:
To find out more about how F5 and HPE enable building out scalable, secure private clouds based on Azure Stack, please view the following:
For those attending the 2018 Microsoft Ignite Conference in Orlando, you can stop by either the F5 (#1337) or HPE (#2125) booths in the exhibit area to discuss how to make your Azure Stack easily scalable, reliable, and more successful.