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F5 Friday: The Low Down on BIG-IP and VMware Stuff

#vmworld #vCloud #PHC6050 #EUC6104 #sddc How-tos and where to learn more about what's new with F5 and VMware


As we're all gearing for up VMWorld (you are gearing up for the event, right?) it seems appropriate to highlight some existing resources for implementing VMware solutions with F5 BIG-IP and let you know where you can find out more at the show (hint: there's going to be sessions and a demo of a new joint solution!)

So first, let's check out some recently posted how-tos from VMware folks on configuring BIG-IP and VMware solutions:

  • First up is a great post on using F5 BIG-IP with Horizon Workspace 1.5 to load balance gateway-VAs for both internal and external access as well as load balancing Kerberos enabled connector VAs. You can download the document here: https://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-24577 

    If you're attending VMWorld, you can also attend a session on how to make Horizon View More Secure, Available, Scalable and Usable with F5 (EUC6104) presented by F5's own Paul Pindell Monday, Aug 26, 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in Moscone West, Room 2005. 
  • Next up is configuring F5 BIG-IP LTM with VMware vCloud Director. This post appears to be the only one available that details how to setup the vCD Console Proxy via F5 BIG-IP. This is an important step that's often overlooked in other how-tos, so you'll want to check it out.
  • Finally, here's a great post on using F5 BIG-IP LTM with IPv6. The noise around IPv6 has dulled to a quiet roar but it's still an increasingly important protocol to understand and using F5 is an awesome and quick way to enable legacy web applications for IPv6. How's that relate to VMware? Well, once you complete the configuration it will make the web interface of vCD available via IPv6.

Finally, if you're attending the show, you'll want to attend a session presented by F5's own Charlie Cano and VMware Senior Product Manager, Dan Mitchell, on Monday, Aug 26, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM in Moscone West, Room 3008 on the topic of  Moving Beyond Infrastructure: Meeting Demands on App Lifecycle vmw2013-banner-f5 Management in the Dynamic Datacenter (PCH6050). This session is going to dig into some of the details behind the latest joint solution from F5 and VMware, taking the next step toward a Software-Defined Data Center. The solution is based on a new offering being launched by VMware at the show Monday and F5 will be providing a demo at its booth at the show of the joint solution. You don't want to miss it.

If you aren't attending the show or can't make the sessions, be sure to check back here Monday for details on the new joint solution.

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Lori MacVittie is responsible for education and evangelism of application services available across F5’s entire product suite. Her role includes authorship of technical materials and participation in a number of community-based forums and industry standards organizations, among other efforts. MacVittie has extensive programming experience as an application architect, as well as network and systems development and administration expertise. Prior to joining F5, MacVittie was an award-winning Senior Technology Editor at Network Computing Magazine, where she conducted product research and evaluation focused on integration with application and network architectures, and authored articles on a variety of topics aimed at IT professionals. Her most recent area of focus included SOA-related products and architectures. She holds a B.S. in Information and Computing Science from the University of Wisconsin at Green Bay, and an M.S. in Computer Science from Nova Southeastern University.