F5 Now Available in Microsoft Azure’s US Gov Cloud

Sarah Weldon

F5 is pleased to announce the general availability of its BIG-IP Virtual Edition (VE) application delivery controller (ADC) solutions in the Microsoft Azure US Government Cloud. Customers who want to deploy mission-critical government applications in Microsoft-managed and physically-isolated datacenters within the continental United States can now take advantage of F5’s market-leading application services to make their applications faster, more available, and more secure. 

With F5 now available in Azure Government Cloud, you will be able to leverage existing IT investments, maintain consistency and control by reusing existing F5 configurations, custom traffic and security policies, and automated scripts, saving you time and money. You can also extend F5’s robust security solutions to your public cloud environments to protect your government applications from web attacks and secure access to applications and their data. What’s more, you can enable secure and dynamic site-to-site connectivity between Azure cloud resources and your private data centers – with F5 among the only ADC solutions on the market to provide this capability. 

F5 provides its BIG-IP VE solutions in a “Bring-Your-Own-License” (BYOL) model, which allows you to purchase BIG-IP VE Version Plus licenses and then port these licenses to Azure, all while maintaining F5 support. The bandwidth options for BIG-IP VE in Azure are 25M, 200M, and 1G instances. F5 provides three product bundles – Good, Better, and Best – that provide flexibility, simplicity, and great value in selecting among F5. In the future, F5 will also add subscription and utility license models to optimize your usage based on your business needs and enable you to pay for what you need with no upfront costs. 

While Microsoft has certified F5 usage in Azure, Azure is also a participant in the F5 Ready program, which provides F5-driven verification testing to ensure the compatibility of BIG-IP VEs in cloud partner environments. As a result, you can have more confidence when deploying F5 in Azure. 

So go ahead and get started using F5 in Azure today! Request a free 30-day evaluation version or purchase a low-cost lab version and try it out in Azure with your own apps in Government Cloud, or use F5 in the Azure public cloud with a free test drive. 

For more information, several available resources are listed below. Or if you have any other questions on F5 BIG-IP solutions in Azure, contact us at AzureInfo@f5.com. 

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