|By Lori MacVittie||
|May 16, 2014 10:53 AM EDT||
#SDAS #Devops It's all about choice.
Programmability is in F5's DNA. Since 2001 when we introduced iControl SOAP to the more recent additions such as iRules and iCall. Even looking at our most recent acquisitions you can see the common theme: an architectural vision based on extensibility and programmability.
BIG-IQ is the foundation for the Intelligent Services Orchestration capabilities within F5 Synthesis. BIG-IQ itself is a platform; it is designed to be extended to provide targeted orchestration and management capabilities across a variety of environments, BIG-IQ centralizes policy life cycle management, enables automation of provisioning capabilities and serves as a central, dynamic licensing server for virtual editions of all services. It's also the mechanism that enables management of the Synthesis High Performance Service Fabric.
You can do a lot of things with BIG-IQ, maybe even more than you thought because you have a choice of how you do those things: you can use the GUI or you can script it via BIG-IQ's REST-based APIs.
It's like Burger King, You Can Have it Your Way
BIG-IQ is enabled with a REST-based API just as is the case with BIG-IP. This means you can use the GUI or the API, or both.
For example, the latest release of BIG-IQ includes UCS backup and restore capabilities for BIG-IP elements. This process can be managed via BIG-IQ or it can be scripted using, well, whatever your favorite scripting language might be. Python, Perl, bash and curl - however you roll when it comes to scripting, it's fair game as long as can talk to a REST-based (HTTPS) interface.
That means you can integrate BIG-IQ management capabilities with other orchestration systems. What that gives you is the ability to manage the entire Synthesis Service Fabric including F5 Software Defined Application Services. You can orchestrate the provisioning process via an external system like Chef or Puppet by simply plugging in the appropriate API calls, or integrate it with OpenStack to manage LBaaS.
The world is getting way more connected. It's not just devices and things and apps, it's also impacting the way in which we automate, orchestrate and ultimately manage the entire data center, from top to bottom, end to end. No single solution can do that on its own, there's no magic rainbow rack you can pick up at Best Buy that'll give you that.
But you can build a best-of-breed solution that will give you that by taking advantage of the increased programmability that's invading every aspect of the data center. BIG-IQ's RESTful APIs are one of the ways in which you can integrate and orchestrate F5 Software Defined Application Services within that best-of-breed environment.
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