F5 Overview

The SovLabs F5 Module for vRealize Automation sets a new standard in application delivery controller integration technology by bringing F5® BIG-IP® onto the vRA Blueprint Canvas and providing flexible deployment models and a lifecycle that is fully managed in vRealize Automation. Optional custom naming policies for F5 BIG-IP VIPs/Pools, IPAM integrations for F5 BIG-IP VIP assignment and DNS registration are also available out of the box. F5 BIG-IP is now a first-class citizen in vRealize Automation.

With the SovLabs F5 Module for vRealize Automation, vRA administrators and architects can now dynamically create or include existing F5 BIG-IP VIPs in vRA Blueprints. Take advantage of F5 BIG-IP features such as iRules® directly within vRA blueprints for consumption by developers, IT staff, or end-users.


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Compatibility

F5 BIG-IP 11.5+, 12.x, 13.x
VMware vRealize Automation (vRA) 7.2+
VMware vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) 7.2+
EMC Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) 4.x

Highlights

  • First-class citizen design. Drag directly into vRA Blueprint Canvas. vRA administrators and architects can customize the request form either globally or per vRA Blueprint to accommodate different business needs.
  • Natively integrate F5 BIG-IP directly within the vRealize Automation Blueprint Canvas
  • Supports vRA Auto Scaling of deployments, dynamically add or remove nodes from the load balancer
  • Dynamically create new or use existing F5 BIG-IP virtual servers with blueprint deployments and add linked machine components as nodes
  • Associate machine components by linking to the F5 Virtual component in the vRA Blueprint Canvas
  • Option to reuse an existing F5 BIG-IP virtual server or create a new one
  • Ability to pin/override/hide request form parameters per vRA Composite Blueprint, which can also be saved/exported
  • Supports nested vRA Blueprints
  • Supports vRA scale in, scale out for deployments
  • Ability to specify F5 BIG-IP VIP name, IP address, and port at request time
  • Option to integrate IPAM and/or DNS for F5 BIG-IP VIP assignment and DNS registration with Infoblox, BlueCat, Microsoft, SolarWinds, Men and Mice, BT Diamond IP at request time
  • Supports multiple DNS domains for optional DNS registration at request time
  • Option to integrate naming standard/sequence definitions for F5 BIG-IP VIPs and Pools at request time
  • Included vRA Property Group for setting additional node-level overrides at the machine component level, such as member port, connection limit, rate limit, priority group and ratio at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP SSL Server Profiles at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP SSL Client Profiles at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP Virtual iRules at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP Pool health monitors and availability requirements at request time
  • Multiple vRA/vRO instances and multi-tenant support
  • Request to create a F5 BIG-IP VIP independently or as part of a vRA Composite Blueprint
  • SovLabs Template Engine allows for static text in combination with vRA custom properties and/or custom logic

Quick Start Process

  1. Define F5 BIG-IP endpoint
  2. Drag, drop and modify the F5 Virtual component and link it to dependent machine components in the vRA Blueprint
  3. Provision!


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