As virtual appliances become a bigger part of its business, F5 is tweaking some of its products to better fit the concept of developers programming the network.
The company has separated its orchestration tool from its management tool. The latter, which involves monitoring the network and making sure features such as high availability are viable, is still within the purview of networking people. But orchestration and provisioning of services is becoming more of a programmer’s job. “It turns out they’re used by different people,” says Lori MacVittie, F5’s principal technical evangelist. “The folks who are, day-to-day, managing devices and managing certificates, just checking the health of the devices in the network, are not the same people who are doing orchestration.”
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