Conference Recap: F5 Agility EMEA 2014
Throughout the two day event, we had a huge amount of information to digest, but here are some highlighted learnings from the week:
A. F5 shared more details about Big-IQ platform that provides an intelligent framework to simplify management of application delivery services.
B. Many customers are facing challenges to manage heterogeneous networks and are finding change management to be extremely expensive. A few attendees even pointed out that their employees are not motivated as they perform the routine jobs such as editing Firewall policy and Load balancer policies. Hence, Network automation and self-service is at the top of mind for customers.
C. Neil Rickard, Research Vice President at Gartner took to the stage to discuss “Cloud, SDN and the evolution of Enterprise Networking.” He highlighted how, through 2015, at least 50% of cloud deployments will suffer from service delivery issues due to the network. Neil highlighted how the biggest benefit of virtualization and cloud computing is increased data center agility: however, the biggest barrier to this agility is network provisioning time. The survival of IT is dependent on the ability to offer this agility, so ensuring the network will be crucial.
The attendees were impressed with NCX’s rich feature coverage and multivendor orchestration. They especially liked the demo of NCX self-service portal integration with the new F5 Big-IQ orchestration. Ours was definitely a popular booth!
Thanks for another great year F5!
– Kate Garrison, July 1st, 2014.