Leading Biotechnology Company Migrates F5 BIG-IP Configurations in Minutes

Client Information

The client is a biotechnology product development company serving more than 350,000 clients at pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions, and government agencies. It acquired a new biotech corporation to become a leading company in the genetic testing and precision laboratory equipment markets.

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Business Challenges

The company has been expanding on a large scale, and the new acquisition created a need for an automation solution to address below business challenges.

  • The consolidation required the migration of device configurations from the acquired entity’s data center (A) to the existing data center (B)
  • The company had to migrate 700+ applications that were load-balanced in data center A to data center B
  • The client anticipated that the configuration migration process would be manual, which would be slow and potentially error-prone
  • The cost estimates for manual migration were high and required additional highly skilled resources. Defining, planning, and implementing the migration of major applications is difficult with a manual process. The anticipated process would be arduous and complex and would have resulted in delays

Solutions Delivered

The company’s network engineer used the Application Provisioning System (APS) module of AppViewX’s Application Delivery Automation solution to create several self-service templates to automate the various steps involved in data center migration. The templates were created by architects using defined standards.

  • The Application Delivery Automation solution generated a configuration report for F5 devices with complete details of the associated IPs in data center A that had to be migrated to data center B
  • By integrating with SolarWinds, the APS module got free IPs to create new VIPs in the new data center B
  • APS paved the way to configuration agility, where users can automate modification of existing VIPs, clone an existing VIP with varying parameters, and perform post-validation checks and other configuration changes in data center B to meet business demands
  • The client gained the flexibility to migrate individual virtual servers or, in some instances, to perform a bulk migration

Business Benefits

  • The time it took to migrate 125 virtual servers associated with the company’s most critical business application was reduced from two days to 15 minutes, drastically reducing downtime
  • Per-application configuration migration time has been reduced from 30 minutes to 5 minutes
  • With no more manual migrations, the project was completed with existing team, resulting in significant cost savings


  • F5 BIG-IP
  • Network Automation
  • Network Infrastructure Automation
  • Network Infrastructure Management