The network plays a preeminent role in cloud infrastructures. Cloud computing uses the network to gain on-demand access to computing resources, and the network becomes the conduit for enormous computing capability. This critical role of the network in cloud computing demands that you ?get the network right??that you configure it to achieve the right levels of performance, security, availability, responsiveness, and manageability.
IBM has a proven history of designing, building, and supporting complex infrastructures as well as emerging technologies like today's cloud configurations. IBM can provide the insights and capabilities you need to assess, plan, design, implement, and manage the network infrastructure to support your client's chosen cloud computing environment with on-demand IT.
F5 Networks, a key IBM partner in this application delivery space, can provide the tools an organization needs to ensure the successful rollout of public, private, or hybrid clouds. F5's product portfolio enables the delivery of applications efficiently, securely, and on-demand, so the enterprise can reduce costs and gain the efficiency and agility of a cloud-based infrastructure.
The primary focus of (and litmus test for) any IT infrastructure is application delivery and performance. Application delivery, whether coming from the cloud or a traditional data center, requires the network to make quick, intelligent decisions to ensure consistent availability, secure access, and optimized application response time.
The variable nature of a cloud computing environment requires that its supporting infrastructure be dynamic, programmable, and automated. Unlike a traditional data center, cloud computing environments come with application delivery challenges that can vary depending on the implementation. Cloud computing requires a dynamic control plane that enables you to integrate the various network and application delivery network components?switches, IP address management, load balancing, application security, acceleration solutions, and more?both inside the data center and in the cloud. This dynamic control plane must be able to: