Network Vendors Roll Out Enhancements for AWS

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Amazon Web Services’ SVP Andy Jassy, framed by a backdrop of an Amazon data center, was one of the keynote speakers at the re:Invent conference. (Photo: Amazon)

At the Amazon re:Invent conference in Las Vegas this week, vendors Riverbed, Panzura, and F5 made announcements supporting Amazon Web Services.

Riverbed Stingray available on AWS GovCloud

Riverbed (RVBD) announced the availability of Riverbed Stingray 9.5 traffic manager software on Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud. With this new availability U.S. federal agencies can optimize, scale, secure and improve the performance of their mission-critical applications in the cloud. Stingray is a virtual and software-based Layer 7 application delivery controller (ADC) with integrated web content optimization (WCO) capability. Optimized to work in cloud environments, it is easily integrated into an application stack. By implementing Stingray on AWS GovCloud, U.S. federal, state and local agencies gain agility and cost savings and at the same time significantly improve the performance and scale of their critical application workloads and services. “As a cloud provider to government agencies, we are aware of the concerns that our federal customers have regarding application scalability, security and availability when moving sensitive and mission-critical workloads to the cloud,” said David McLaughlin, chief executive officer of Blue River Information Technology, a Riverbed and AWS APN partner. “Riverbed Stingray on AWS GovCloud addresses these issues and is a key offering in our cloud solutions portfolio.”

Panzura Cloud Controllers on Amazon Machine Images

Panzura announced the availability of the Panzura Cloud Controllers as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) which is also being offered for purchase through the AWS Marketplace. With these solutions, Panzura customers can use AMI to create virtual instances of the Panzura Global Cloud Storage System within the Amazon EC2 cloud. This enables applications such as full disaster recovery in the cloud, cloud bursting for legacy applications, computing in the cloud, and shared analytical data in the cloud. The solutions allow for access to S3 data in EC2 or on-premises through CIFS and NFS. “AMI opens up third party applications for direct use of the Amazon storage cloud,” said Ashish Nadkarni, Research Director of Storage, IDC. “Panzura’s support of AMI unifies cloud storage with cloud compute resources to create a powerful physical and virtual compute environment.”

F5 adds Pay-per-use for AWS

F5 Networks (FFIV) announced an hourly billing model for its BIG-IP Virtual Editions, and availability of its BIG-IQ Cloud orchestration product in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Marketplace. With the flexible payment options F5 provides customers with the ability to spin up (or down) application delivery infrastructure and services as needed. Organizations can quickly and seamlessly enable application-focused capabilities—such as cloud bursting, cloud-based app development and testing, and moving entire application workloads to the cloud. “Our vision is simple—if your applications are in the cloud, F5 helps make sure they are fast, secure, and reliable,” said Alex Rublowsky, Sr. Director of Platforms and Licensing at F5. “We deliver an extensive portfolio of Software Defined Application Services, built on a high-performance fabric of physical and virtual solutions. With today’s announcement, we’re enabling more types of customers to efficiently manage and improve application deployments in all types of AWS cloud environments.”

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