F5 Networks Releases Report on Application Delivery

By Casey Houser January 18, 2016

For two years running, F5 Networks has analyzed the landscape of application delivery by asking prominent businesses across the globe how they are providing application access to their customers and how they use networks to secure company data. The resulting report is called “State of Application Delivery.”

That report reached more than 3,000 respondents this year. F5 researchers examined responses from enterprises in the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa, and Asia-Pacific regions of the globe. Taking in the grand scope of his company’s findings, F5 Chief Technology Officer Karl Triebes noted that applications are part of the core of business operation because they can make or break operating costs and goals.

“Applications are vital to business success,” Triebes said. “Used by every employee, applications contribute to greater efficiency, lower costs, and increased margins. Without the correct services to support applications, they won’t be available, secure, or fast enough to meet companies’ needs.”

The complexity he mentions is reflected in arguably the most influential of all findings present in the current research: The hybrid cloud is becoming the “new normal” with 81 percent of survey respondents indicating that they are moving to hybrid environments (a mix of public and private cloud access) to save money while also making sure employees have access to the tools they need during the work day.

More than just access, however, employees need to know that their data is secure. Customers want to know this too. Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to better protect their customer and internal corporate data, so many have turned to hybrid clouds as a base for that action. The F5 survey shows that more than half of respondents are aware of the negative impact that slow or unsecure applications can create – largely a negative impact on overall company revenue. Therefore, it is in their best interest to make sure all elements of corporate networks and customer-facing services are as solid as they can be.

Additionally, enterprises are looking to software-defined networking (SDN) as part of the future of application delivery. While provision and usage of applications may be vital to success in the first place, the quick delivery (better than competitors) of those applications can help provide a clear path toward job security for all involved. Hardware-based networking is going the way of the dinosaur because it is not flexible enough to keep up with demand from growing companies; in that same vein, it is not quick enough to keep pace with demand from customers. Software is that quick. It provides a pathway to operational efficiency that many companies have yet to realize, so it isn’t surprising that F5 found that SDN is on the way in.

This subject will be addressed in the upcoming ITEXPO conference “A DevOps State of Mind,” held Thursday, January 28, at 9:30AM. Chris Van Tuin of Red Hat will present on the “rapid innovation, changing business landscapes, and new IT demands” in the field. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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