Roundup: F5 Networks, Akamai, CoSentry

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Here’s a roundup of some of some of this week’s headlines from the data center and hosting industry:

F5 announces new Application Delivery Controller platforms. F5 Networks announced new Application Delivery Controller (ADC) platforms, extending the BIG-IP product family. The BIG-IP 11050 platform and a new 8950 hardware appliance round out a new high-end appliance series, featuring higher throughput and enhanced layer 4 performance. F5 is also delivering production and lab versions of its virtual appliance, BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) Virtual Edition.  “With physical, virtual, and hybrid deployment options for ADCs, customers gain the flexibility to cost-effectively support scalable application delivery while continuing to leverage their existing infrastructure and investments,” said Joe Skorupa, Research VP of Data Center Networking & Communications at Gartner.  The BIG-IP 8950 platform features a throughput level of 20Gbps, while the 11050 boasts 42Gbps.  Both hardware platforms will be available in April, as well as the production and lab versions of the BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager Virtual Edition.

Akamai and Coradiant release software. Akamai (AKAM) and web application performance management provider Cordiant announced the release of Cordiant TrueSight Edge for Akamai, a custom-built software-based product that provides performance visibility into Web applications delivered by Akamai.  The new software product will deliver enhanced capabilities to visualize, manage and optimize the performance of global applications in the cloud which are delivered over the Akamai EdgePlatform, and is available on a monthly subscription model.  “Any method of testing performance from anything other than the actual viewpoint of end-users is flawed. In order to make good operational decisions, IT managers need to be able to see performance in real time, so they know exactly what users are experiencing at any given instant, from any particular geography,” said Lydia Leong, Research Director at Gartner.  Benefits of the new software include real-time visualization of application traffic worldwide, performance measurement as perceived by the end user and executive dashboards with full visibility across all users in real-time.  The Coradiant TrueSight Edge for Akamai product is available today for enterprises through Akamai.

Terracon selects CoSentry. Cosentry announced that Terracon, an engineering consulting firm has selected CoSentry to provide colocation and data center services.  Terracon will house equipment in the Kansas City CoSentry facility.  “CoSentry continues to add services and capabilities that allow clients to decide how much of their IT or backup IT environment they want to own.  The ability to move Terracon’s backup IT environment to more of a cloud model over time is another unique and significant benefit that CoSentry was able to offer to Terracon that other options did not,” said Doug West, Vice President and General Manager of CoSentry.

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John Rath is a veteran IT professional and regular contributor at Data Center Knowledge. He has served many roles in the data center, including support, system administration, web development and facility management.

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