WorldTech IT is a leader in Professional and Managed Services integrating AWS with F5 BIG-IP application delivery & security solutions – like F5’s Advanced WAF. As a top-tier F5 Guardian Partner, WorldTech IT specializes in designing and migrating F5 BIG-IP to AWS with a focus on traffic optimization, high availability, automation, IAM, and security. For customers migrating to F5 BIG-IP on AWS, the benefits of working with WorldTech IT’s F5 focused team are unmatched.
For organizations deploying F5 BIG-IP on cloud instances, Amazon Web Services provides a number of advantages over the other major clouds. Most notably, the high availability (HA) failover performance just works better in AWS. Because of how the other clouds handle API traffic, you can see failovers as high as 1 minute plus in the other clouds, but in AWS it’s sub 5 seconds. Here are some of the key features to consider when migrating F5 to the public clouds comparing AWS vs Azure vs GCP:
|Failover (CFE)||In most environments ~5 seconds||Best case scenario ~65 seconds, real world is often ~100 seconds||In most environments ~35 seconds|
|Advanced Networking||TGW Attach||Gateway Load Balancer||Azure Route Server||Gateway Load Balancer||N/A|
|AnyCast Support||AWS Global Accelerator
(Does not require cloud native load-balancer)
|Azure Front Door
(Is a type of L7 cloud native load-balancer)
|Cloud Load Balancing
(GCP Cloud native load-balancer)
Why F5 on AWS?
Cloud migrations aim to increase efficiency, get to market faster, and reduce application costs. These benefits come with new architectural complexities and potential risks. Attack surfaces increase, sensitive data requires governance, and cloud migrations don’t guarantee always on applications. Fortunately, F5’s advanced application and security services can secure, scale, and simplify application solutions for your AWS migration strategy. Migrate existing services, policies, and profiles for a rapid cloud migration strategy with the option to modernize with NGINX.
F5 technology provides an adaptable and agile hybrid or cloud-agnostic application service architecture for your AWS deployments. This allows organizations to ensure quality of service and manageability, apply enterprise-wide business policies and rules to content delivery, support increasing traffic volumes, deliver applications securely, enjoy operational efficiency and cost control, and remain flexible to future application and infrastructure changes. The result is elegant and powerful solutions to protect you from security threats, network failures, and traffic congestion while providing an optimized architecture for the future.
F5 technology modules make up the AWS migration solution and run as separate (per module) or single instances with all the modules. They’re available on F5® BIG-IP® Virtual Edition (VE) virtual machines, running in public and private clouds. Hybrid cloud solutions ensure consistent application and security services across traditional and cloud environments. Bringing together existing infrastructure with F5 and AWS minimizes operational complexity and maintenance overhead caused by independent technology systems. F5 offers these solutions in packages to support deployments for any sized enterprise.
F5® BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager™ (LTM) provides full-proxy load balancing – giving you the ability to augment client-side and server-side connections independently. Many options exist for persistent traffic needs aka “sticky sessions”, allowing you to key on much more than the client-side address. TLS / SSL termination / offloading allows you to securely manage your certificates & keys in one aggregated location – while giving you the ability to see into the undecrypted HTTP stream to provide other security services like WAF. These advanced traffic management capabilities are just the beginning of the features available within F5’s Local Traffic Manager.
F5® Advanced Web Application Firewall™ (Advanced WAF) Is the leading WAF and provides best-in-class web application protection from cloud app exposure and attacks. F5’s AWAF takes things a step further than the traditional WAF, with a focus on bot attack mitigation like credential stuffing, and layer 7 DoS attacks with their behavioral DoS engine that models your application use with machine learning. ModSecurity is a great open source WAF for blogs and small websites, but enterprise applications protecting critical data need an enterprise solution – F5’s Advanced WAF.
F5® NGINX Plus is a versatile software license that can function as an enhanced Web Server, reverse proxy, ingress controller – orchestrating Kubernetes, and as an API Gateway / management. Providing enterprise features such as advanced application load balancing, SSL termination, and active monitoring. NGINX Plus is the defacto standard for auto-scaling in the cloud and now offers F5’s trusted AWAF technology ported over to the NGINX WAF – called NGINX App Protect (NAP). NAP can even provide WAF on cluster! Trusted by the largest sites in the world and integrated with AWS services, NGINX Plus delivers your applications with more control and less complexity in AWS regions worldwide.
F5’s event-driven scripting language, F5® iRules® is available within all the modules and allows you to augment client side and server side connections with anything you can dream up. They provide enhanced flexibility to manage application traffic and customize the functionality of the BIG-IP systems.
As an integral component of the F5® Automation Toolchain, F5® Application Services 3 Extension (AS3) is F5’s declarative language gives application owners and DevOps engineers flexible, low-overhead access for managing application-specific configurations of BIG-IP. Combined with the controls of iRules, you can tailor your BIG-IP solutions to meet any CI/CD cloud application needs.
Our F5 AWS Cloud Migration Solutions are custom built to suit any migration or hybrid deployment to the cloud. F5 technology complements AWS’s cloud architecture by offering deep security and advanced traffic management solutions.
Why WorldTech IT?
You need experts well versed in enterprise security, regulatory compliance, and application-specific workflow to complete a successful F5 migration from on premise to AWS. WorldTech IT is the leader in enterprise-class Professional Services Consulting & Support for F5 Solutions.
We support all the popular modules within BIG-IP®, including LTM®, DNS (GTM™), AFM™, APM®, and AWAF (ASM)® – as well as the more obscure modules like SSLO and the SWG. Our F5-focused engineering team follows rigorous internal and external training and holds themselves to the highest standard of F5 expertise. WorldTech IT brings more experience, depth of engineering bench, and focus around F5 technology than any other consulting company.
Working with WorldTech IT also means simplified purchasing. Buy new licenses from us at a discount via private offer in AWS – using your AWS spend, bring your existing licenses (BYOL), or move your current license to the cloud. The exception is that you cannot move hardware licenses to the cloud, including virtual edition in a hypervisor.
If you’re looking to accelerate and simplify your cloud migration, WorldTech IT is your best option. Just ask F5 and our partners at AWS, who named WorldTech IT their North American F5 ISV Workload Migration Partner.