Financial services organizations must stay up on their game to deliver profitable customer experiences. With this in mind, the time it takes for application delivery is a key factor as it contributes to customer satisfaction, cost reduction, and risk management. Businesses also need to scale up and down their infrastructure while optimizing productivity from their existing infrastructure resources. These requirements translate into the need for transforming application delivery operations from manual and error-prone ways to a faster and more accurate process through automation.
Current F5 infrastructure landscape in banking organizations
A typical F5 environment in a medium to large banking organization can consist of hundreds of F5 devices that support thousands of VIPs or applications. These F5 devices help make applications available and secure. To manage this F5 infrastructure, a large team of network engineers (which is generally both in-house and outsourced) work round the clock to make sure these devices are operational and the applications running on them don’t suffer any outages. Over the last couple of years, some organizations, particularly large banks with a high volume of operations, have made a move to adopt automation in managing these devices. However, the automation capability is still limited, and it can’t be used to cover a large scale of applications.
The need to transform F5 device management
(i) Infrastructure and applications have grown drastically and therefore need decomposition
There has been an increase in the number of F5 devices because of a large number of applications that need support. Consequently, there is a desire to shift from hardware-based form factor devices to virtual form factors, which means more machines.
The use of multi-cloud infra has added to the complexity – the fact that enterprises use shared services for hosting applications has made it difficult to keep track of the applications vis-a-vis hosting servers.
(ii) Value streams want to operate at the speed
Speed combined with seamless delivery is critical to rolling out applications and giving them the best user experience. Creating/Modifying applications requires a careful analysis of the traffic flow before performing actions on virtual server. This causes a significant delay in ADC deployment. Network teams are moving towards automation to simplify ADC management.
(iii) Handling compliance and security threats
Load balancing is the essential service provided by F5 devices. And network teams require a strong knowledge of changing ADCs. With an increase in the number of applications, it becomes difficult to manage application configuration requirements, compliance requirements, security protocols, and troubleshooting simultaneously. There is a need for a centralized approach to managing these things, preferably through a single UI.
Is ADC automation the answer?
While banking enterprises have tried to adopt network automation in some way or the other, ADC management is one area where they are still lagging. Their network teams have struggled to cope with the pace of optimizing configurations, managing network maps, validating deployments, and whatnot, because they are doing it manually. And this is hurting their promise to the end customer of delivering a seamless experience. The solution is to adopt a centralized approach to managing all things related to ADCs in one place and through a low/no-code tool that further simplifies and makes it easier to manage ADCs. AppviewX ADC+ offers role-based management capabilities and automation and orchestration of multi-vendor ADC environments.
- A single GUI with a self-service automation catalog for all types of F5 device upgrades
- Pre-built automated workflows for F5 BIG-IP upgrades
- Automation workflows can be scheduled and/or run on-demand to check for Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE).
Here is an example where a fortune 500 insurance provider used ADC+ to automate 324000+ service requests.
Read more on how this leading American insurance provider used Appviewx ADC+ to automate ADC management through this case study.