At the recently held Agility conference, F5 announced a major expansion of its application security and delivery portfolio with F5Distributed Cloud Services that provide security, multi-cloud networking, and edge-based computing solutions on a unified software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform.

The company is also launching the first new solution on this platform, F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP (Web Application and API Protection), which augments multiple security capabilities across F5 technologies in one SaaS offering.

In F5’s upcoming 2022 State of Application Strategy Report, 88% of organizations say they operate both legacy and modern application architectures, while 70% operate in multiple clouds. This expands the threat surface area as companies are forced to deploy separate, and often inconsistent, security controls across different environments.

François Locoh-Donou, President and CEO, F5 said “We have made it our mission at F5 to help organizations protect these applications from the now-constant barrage of cyber-attacks. The launch of F5 Distributed Cloud Services is significant because it provides a simpler way for customers to manage the complex challenge of modern application security.”

Some of the world’s largest organizations, including banks, retailers, service providers, and government agencies, rely on F5 to maintain application availability, protect APIs powering their digital supply chains, address threats like malware and bots, and fight rampant fraud.

Introducing F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP

F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP simplifies security and automates process; allowing application teams to focus on delivering features and functionality that will enhance their customers’ experience and propel their business forward.

The new SaaS-based offering consolidates F5’s industry-leading web application firewall, bot mitigation, DDoS, and API protection capabilities into a single, easy-to-deploy solution that enables SecOps and DevOps teams to enforce consistent security policy wherever they need to deploy applications.

The new solution brings together the best of F5 application security technologies, including:  

·       Application protection from F5 Advanced WAF, which more effectively and efficiently guards against the most prevalent application attacks

·       API security from Volterra’s machine learning-based auto-discovery and anomaly detection, which automates the entire process of finding, securing, and monitoring APIs 

·       Bot defense based on F5 Shape AI technology

·       Global distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) protection

F5 Distributed Cloud WAAP is globally available from F5 now and will launch in the Azure Marketplace by the end of February. Customers can learn more through a real-time simulator tool and on f5.com.

F5 Distributed Cloud Services Bring a New Approach to App Security and Delivery

The F5 Distributed Cloud Platform provides cloud-native SaaS-based app security and delivery services. These services are centrally managed but can be deployed anywhere the app needs to be to maximize business impact and deliver a superior customer experience. Built on a combination of the platform and services acquired from Volterra and industry-leading F5 and Shape security services, F5 Distributed Cloud Services are unique because they:

·       Deploy natively in multi-cloud, data center, and edge environments

·       Provide end-to-end visibility and policy control across all apps in a single dashboard

·       Provide an integrated global private network in more than 20 major metropolitan areas

F5 Distributed Cloud Load Balancer and Kubernetes Gateway provides an integrated load balancer with Kubernetes and API gateways to easily deploy modern workloads and microservices across distributed clusters, locations, and cloud providers. 

The platform also has cloud-native computing capabilities at the edge of the network, known as an app delivery network (ADN), that improve end-user experience by distributing applications to the edge of the F5 Global Network.

F5 has also taken steps to integrate the customer experience across its growing portfolio by simplifying product naming. Many F5, Shape, and Volterra services have been renamed as F5 Distributed Cloud Services, including F5 Distributed Cloud Bot Defense, F5 Distributed Cloud DDoS Mitigation, F5 Distributed Cloud WAF, and F5 Distributed Cloud API Security.

Upcoming Regional Points of Presence (PoP) Launch in India

F5 will launch the regional Points of presence in India to help business safely migrate to multi cloud environments by supporting them with a suite of application services that enable them to deliver and secure extraordinary digital experiences at scale.

Customers can visit f5.com for further detail on F5 Distributed Cloud Services, and contact F5 Sales for additional product and service availability information.

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