F5 Launches Super-NetOps Initiative
Application Delivery Practice Lead for World Wide Technology, Mark Wall, comments on F5's recent Super-NetOps initiative.
Posted by F5 Networks on January 30, 2018:
F5 Networks (NASDAQ: FFIV) today introduced the Super-NetOps initiative, an industry training and community-based program aimed at evolving network operations functions and enabling application services to be delivered through a service model rather than a traditional, ticket-driven approach.
Many businesses today rely on applications to deliver innovation that addresses customer demand and keeps them competitive. The DevOps movement took hold because it addresses critical bottlenecks, cultural as well as technical, that impede the delivery of applications and innovation to market. While business demands for stability and application uptime can slow the adoption of automation and service-delivery models within networking teams, the need for IT services is now exceeding the capabilities of manual, task-based approaches. As a result, developers are increasingly turning to alternative tools to deliver needed application services, going around network operations staff for strategic, cloud-based application deployments.
The goal of the Super-NetOps program is to help network operations professionals address this challenge by learning the skills necessary to standardize critical application services and provide them within automated toolchains. This will enable teams to reduce time to service from days to minutes, while ensuring all applications meet necessary compliance, policy, and performance standards.
“Network operations expertise is more important than ever. The cloud is driving exponential growth in applications, along with requirements that they be faster, more secure, and always available,” said Kara Sprague, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Application Delivery Controller business unit at F5.
“With the explosive growth of applications and movement toward building a DevOps culture within IT organizations, a major shift in the mindset and expertise of network operations is required. F5 Super-NetOps lays out a clear path to enable networking professionals to embrace this shift by learning the skillsets needed to be a part of a highly automated and collaborative IT organization.”
-Mark Wall, Practice Lead, Application Delivery, WWT