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F5 Teams with Equinix to Enhance Security for Multi-Cloud Environments

February 6, 2019

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 6, 2019--Today F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV ) announced the availability of a joint solution with Equinix, the global interconnection and data center company, that provides automated HSM (hardware security module) capabilities as-a-service. Previously introduced at F5’s 2018 global Agility conference, this integration combines F5 BIG-IP ™ and Equinix SmartKey ™ technologies to simplify encryption key lifecycle management and provide superior security for organizations hesitant to store their ever-increasing number of keys in the public cloud.

“Our focus is on applications—front and center,” said Calvin Rowland, SVP of Business Development at F5. “Building on a longstanding and fruitful collaboration, this new solution integrates Equinix SmartKey into a joint cloud gateway solution, giving customers the ability to automate the configuration and management of encryption keys within the F5 BIG-IP platform to better support today’s growing portfolios of distributed applications. Extending the value of each companies’ offerings—with F5 solutions delivering HSM capabilities inside the Equinix International Business Exchange ™  (IBX ® ) data centers—essentially delivers the best of both cloud and on-premises deployments.”

Today’s enterprises seek to embrace the cost and efficiency benefits of cloud but find themselves with the daunting task of securely managing data and encryption capabilities across private, public, hybrid, or multi-cloud environments. At the same time, many organizations have found that third-party cloud service provider offerings around KMS (key management services) can quickly add complexity—with each provider maintaining a different set of security keys—and fall short of protecting on-premises components, such as those required for an end-to-end hybrid cloud HSM service. Given that organizations are often charged with supporting legacy systems as well, this previous lack of extensibility has limited the appeal of moving certain applications and data to the cloud.

The joint Equinix and F5 solution brings together HSM and KMS capabilities into a cloud-agnostic HSM as a Service offering to deliver the security and simplicity required for both hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Specifically, the integration of SmartKey and BIG-IP provides a network-based solution that preserves the ability to perform a full suite of key lifecycle management functions as a service in the cloud. This approach promotes valuable use cases, including SSL termination, acceleration and offloading, as well as data encryption and decryption, without prohibitive trade-offs around complexity or security.

“Through an integrated, out-of-the-box SSL key management solution, F5 and Equinix technologies accelerate the performance of secure network applications,” said Lance Weaver, VP, Platform Strategy & Emerging Services at Equinix. “This gives customers an innovative way to protect their increasingly distributed digital business assets, without locking them into one set of cloud service provider capabilities. With many use cases providing attractive cost savings, this latest joint effort between Equinix and F5 enables the automated retrieval of encryption keys without customer intervention, regardless of how specific surrounding infrastructure components have been architected.”

Both F5 and Equinix will be at RSA 2019, taking place March 4–8 in San Francisco. Stop by to see F5 at booth #643 or visit Equinix at booth #3305 in the South Hall for a SmartKey demo.

Additional Resources

Equinix and F5 Networks Deliver Automated HSM as a Service – Blog Post Did You Lose Your Keys Again? F5 Can Help! – Blog Post Equinix Enhances Its Global Platform with New Cloud Security Service to Manage Encryption Keys – Press Release Learn more about Equinix SmartKey – Webpage

About F5

F5 (NASDAQ: FFIV) gives the world’s largest businesses, service providers, governments, and consumer brands the freedom to securely deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. F5 delivers cloud and security application services that enable organizations to embrace the infrastructure they choose without sacrificing speed and control. For more information, go to  f5.com. You can also follow  @f5networks  on Twitter or visit us on LinkedIn  and  Facebook  for more information about F5, its partners, and technologies.

F5, BIG-IP, and Agility are trademarks or service marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Nathan Misner

F5 Networks

(206) 272-7494

n.misner@f5.comHolly Lancaster

WE Communications

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