How many IT projects did your team accomplish last year? With 2015 behind us and 2016 already moving at break-neck speed, why not scratch one more project off the list and start managing your Macs before the end of Q1? What does it really take to get started? Purchase Parallels Mac Management today and have […]
If you’re ready to start managing Macs in your Windows-heavy environment, now’s the time to sign up for a technical demo of Parallels Mac Management. Spend 30 minutes with one of our Sales Engineers to find out everything you need to know about the product features and capabilities. What You’ll See in a Demo of […]
Like any other new concept, accepting the fact that your organization has Macs in your network might take some time. (If you’re not sure what stage you’re in, read our blog post, “The 5 Stages of Acceptance for Managing Macs in Business” and find out. We’ll be waiting for you.) Griffith University didn’t waste any […]
Most IT pros admit that Macs are coming into their environment for a variety of reasons. They also know that best practice proves that these Macs should be managed. Unfortunately, the task of managing Macs usually stalls before it even gets started. There are a number of reasons (excuses?) why—including budget, perceived complexity, prioritization, and […]
It’s no secret that more and more companies are replacing their work PCs with Macs. Over the course of six years, Cisco went from blocking Macs from their network to amassing 35,000 for their employees. Earlier this year, IBM made headlines by announcing that they were planning on purchasing 50,000 by the end of 2015. […]
In a recent article by Mary Branscombe over at CIO, she discusses the alarming rate at which Macs are emerging in the workspace—and even more alarming, the lack of businesses that are actually managing those Macs. “You almost certainly already have Macs in your business, connecting to your network and downloading key business documents. You just […]
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New features include customizable OS X images with task sequencing deployments, Mac discovery and auto enrollment plus much more, saving IT departments’ time and resources as they manage Macs and PCs through one pane of glass. Today, we released a new version of Parallels Mac Management! Say hello to Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft® System […]
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F5 Networks, Inc is demonstrating its F5 BIG-IP solutions for Microsoft private cloud deployments at the Microsoft Management Summit 2012, held this week in Las Vegas. During the event, F5 is emphasizing BIG-IP compatibility with System Center 2012 to help organizations maximize cloud benefits and productivity.
“F5 cloud computing solutions provide customers with a flexible foundation to dynamically provision services and tap the full value of cloud deployments,” says Calvin Rowland, VP, Technology and ISV Alliances at F5. “We’re excited to connect with customers at this event and share our cloud vision and products, which are key building blocks for private cloud environments. For over a decade, F5 and Microsoft have worked together to bring superior IT solutions to our customers. And with our close collaboration on Microsoft private cloud solutions, we’ve extended the value of this relationship.”
Using the BIG-IP system, customers can build dynamic data centers that eliminate deployment barriers and lay the framework for long-term, sustained efficiencies. For the Microsoft private cloud, F5 solutions help organizations unify their network architectures and consolidate their management environments. Together, BIG-IP products and System Center 2012 provide a clear view into how applications are performing over the network. This gives customers the ability to update and optimize configurations to increase performance, scale, automation, flexibility, and security.
Further, the updated F5® Monitoring Pack for System Center helps customers optimize resource utilization by discovering available BIG-IP devices and surfacing health statistics within System Center 2012. As administrators shift the allocation of resources, the BIG-IP system is automatically updated to ensure that the network is in sync with changes to computing and storage resources.
“System Center 2012 enables the private cloud, and the F5 Monitoring Pack for System Center gives customers the added strengths of F5’s BIG-IP solutions,” said Mike Schutz, General Manager, Product Marketing, Windows Server and Management at Microsoft. “Customers need the key components of their private cloud infrastructure to work well with each other, and the deep compatibility of System Center 2012 with F5’s BIG-IP platform can help increase efficiency and reliability while helping reduce operational expenses.”
Cost Effective, Automated, Flexible Cloud Control
BIG-IP solutions for Microsoft private cloud take advantage of key features and technologies in BIG-IP version 11.1, including F5’s virtual Clustered MultiprocessingTM (vCMP™) technology, iControl®, F5’s web services-enabled open application programming interface (API), administrative partitioning and server name indication (SNI). Together, these features help reduce the cost and complexity of managing cloud infrastructures in multi-tenant environments. With BIG-IP v11.1, organizations reap the maximum benefits of conducting IT operations and application delivery services in the private cloud.
BIG-IP solutions for Microsoft private cloud also include:
- F5 Monitoring Pack for System Center, which provides two-way
communication between BIG-IP devices and the System Center management
console. Health monitoring, failover, and configuration
synchronization of BIG-IP devices, along with customized alerting,
Maintenance Mode, and Live Migration, occur within the Operations
Manager component of System Center.
- The F5 Load Balancing Provider for System Center, which enables
one-step, automated deployment of load balancing services through
direct interoperability between the Virtual Machine Manager component
of System Center 2012 and BIG-IP devices. BIG-IP devices are managed
through the System Center user interface, and administrators can
custom-define load balancing services.
- The Orchestrator component of System Center 2012, which provides
F5 traffic management capabilities, takes advantage of workflows
designed using the Orchestrator Runbook Designer. These custom
workflows can then be published directly into System Center 2012
service catalogs and presented as a standard offering to the
organization. This is made possible using the F5 iControl SDK, which
gives customers the flexibility to choose a familiar development
environment such as the Microsoft .NET Framework programming model or
Windows PowerShell scripting.
The F5 Monitoring Pack for System Center and the F5 PRO-enabled Monitoring Pack for System Center are now available. The F5 Load Balancing Provider for System Center is available as a free download from the F5 DevCentral website. The Orchestrator component of System Center 2012 is based on F5 iControl and Windows PowerShell, and is also free.