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F5
VMware

Virtual
Community Roundtable

VMware Alliance Team @ F5

VMwarePartnership@f5.com

http://www.f5.com/vmware

http://devcentral.f5.com/vmware


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Common Practical Issues


How can I provision more seamlessly?


How can I make application performance better?


How can I automate more administrative tasks?


How can I simplify network configuration for VMs?


How can I take full advantage of VMotion?


How can I secure my virtual desktop deployments?


How can I streamline virtual desktop access steps?

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F5 & VMware


F5 & VMware are active, global partners


4+
years of history as managed partners


Primary partnership goals


Compatibility / Interoperability
Testing


New Solution Development


New Solution Documentation


Across all major F5 and VMware products


Ongoing
cooperative solution development


Coordinated back
-
end customer support

4

Recent Highlights


F5 named Global Technology Innovator Partner
of the Year


VMware awards highest honor to F5 at 2011 Partner
Exchange


Recognition for deep integration and solution
development


“VMware
-
Ready”
certifications


LTM Virtual Edition and FirePass VE


Recent Releases


View desktop solution (Edge Gateway and APM for
LTM
VE)


vCloud
Director


joint cloud bursting
solution


Management
Plug
-
in for vSphere

5

Current Mapping F5/VMware Solutions to Features

Top 6 Most Common Customer Virtualization Project Types

Top

10
F5

Solutions for VMware

Application
Virtualization

(vSphere)

Server
Consolidation
(vSphere)

Data

Center
Consolidation
(vSphere)

BC/DR

(SRM)

Desktop
Virtualization
(View)

Cloud

(vCD)

Server Offload







Management

Integration









Automated

Provisioning





SRM

Integration



Global Availability









Long

Distance vMotion





WAN Optimization







Multi
-
Tenant ADC





Single

Sign
-
On



Secure Access



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Server Virtualization & F5

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Improving VM Density

Typical virtualized
server


SSL


Caching


Compression


One Connect


TCP Optimization

Offload

Same server

with BIG
-
IP

8

Automating Network Changes: vCenter


BIG
-
IP LTM & VMware vCenter can be integrated for
automatic provisioning of local VMs on demand


Respond to changes in traffic volume


Provision to mean rather than peak


Reduce manual labor


9

Web Clients

FrontEnd

AppServers Virtualization

App. Server

App. Server

App. Server

Storage Virtualization

Frontends Virtualization

BIG
-
IP

LTM

BIG
-
IP

LTM

FrontEnd

FrontEnd

Web Clients

iControl

iControl

vCenter

+

AppSpeed

(optional)

Demand
↑ ↑ ↑

F5 Provision

Detection

Automation

VM Provision

Demand
↓ ↓ ↓

VM Deprovision

Detection

Automation

F5 Deprovision

Illustration: LTM &
vCenter

Integration

Monitoring & Management

10

Automating Network Changes: SRM


BIG
-
IP GTM & VMware SRM integrated to enable
failover between sites


GTM makes traffic follow SRM failover


Automatic


Minimize Application Downtime


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Illustration: GTM & SRM Integration

SRM Failover

Ongoing Replication

(a)
GTM

Health checks reveal unhealthy site 1.

(b)
GTM self
-
executes a redirection to site 2.

Site 1

Site 2

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LTM
-

Virtual Edition


Available as a trial, developer or production editions


Runs on any server compatible with ESX


Managed just like a physical LTM


Feature & Functionality Parity


APM VE, EM VE, APX VE


ESX v4, ESXi v4

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F5 Management Plug
-
In for vSphere

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F5 Management Plug
-
In for vSphere


Free Software Plug
-
In for VMware vSphere


Attaches to vCenter Server


modifies vSphere Client GUI


Operates with both physical and virtual LTM editions


Streamlines the administrative steps of adding VM nodes from load
balancing pools


Automates actions based on pre
-
defined policies


Reduces risk of error


Reduces manual effort


Officially supported by F5 (in it’s unmodified state)


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vSphere Client GUI

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Cloud Computing & F5

17

Escaping Boundaries Between DCs


New Use Cases for Well Established Functionality


Migration


Disaster avoidance


Capacity expansion

Key Technical Problems Solved:


Performance problems caused by
latency or bandwidth


Dynamic, transparent rerouting of
client traffic from site 1 to site 2


Loss of app sessions or
connections when migrating to
another location

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Symmetric
Compression



Adaptive



Deflate



LZO

SSL Encryption

Integrated and free with BIG
-
IP LTM v10


Note: Not available on the 1500 and 3400

Secure & Optimized Tunnel between

Cloud

& DC


“BIG
-
IP
iSessions


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F5/VMware Cloud Bursting Solution

(Hybrid Cloud)

Private Clouds

Public Clouds

Management

Management

vSphere

vSphere

Hybrid Cloud

APP

Loads

APP

Loads

APP

Loads

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Solution Architecture at a Glance

Public Cloud

Private Data Center

n+1

LTM WAN
Optimization

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Hybrid Cloud Architecture

vCenter
-
1

vCenter
-
2



Definition:
Serving an application
across multiple clouds, data centers,
or
both


Use Cases


Automated Failover


Federated Cloud Authentication


Elastic Applications


Architectural features


Global traffic management


Intelligent application and session
persistence


Network API


Global traffic policies


L7 content inspection and routing



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Scaling the Cloud


Global load balancing


Can be policy
-
based for automated
changes (re: SRM)


Minimize unused resources


Geo
-
location improves user
experience


Provision to Mean vs. Peak


Scenarios


Capacity Expansion


BC/DR


Cloud Bursting


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Long Distance Live Migration

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Escaping Boundaries Between DCs


New Use Cases for Well Established Functionality


Migration


Disaster avoidance


Capacity expansion

Key Technical Problems Solved:


Performance problems caused by
latency or bandwidth


Network retransmission of client
traffic from site 1 to site 2


Loss of app sessions when
migrating to another location

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Logical representation, not physical

vCenter Server

Internet

EtherIP

Tunnel

EtherIP

Tunnel

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Acceleration & Encryption


F5 testing results of common bandwidth/latency combinations


iSessions
™ or WAN Optimization Module™


SSL encryption


Acceleration:
TCP Optimization, Deduplication, Compression


Able to successfully VMotion in conditions where previously failed


Bandwidth

(Mbps)

Link
Latency
(RTT ms)

Link Packet
Loss (%)

Average
Time without
WOM in
Minutes

Average

Time

with WOM
in Minutes

Acceleration
Factor

45 (T3)

100

0%

13:43

3:35

3.8X

100

25

0%

6:10

1:18

4.7X

155 (OC3)

100

0%

13:25

3:29

3.9X

622 (OC12)

40

0%

5:57

1:57

3.1X

1000
(Ethernet)

20

0%

2:38

0:38

3.5X

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Desktop Virtualization & F5

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Common Desktop Virtualization Challenges


User Experience


Performance over the Wide Area Network


Access methods / complexity


Login steps / annoyance



Security


Encryption of all WAN traffic


Unified Access (Local vs. Remote, Desktop vs. Smart Phone)


Integration with existing authentication infrastructure


Endpoint integrity inspection



Scalability/Availability


Scaling VDM servers without more power or
rackspace


Ensuring total availability of connection brokers

Your Questions

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th
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