F5 Networks in November took a slightly different spin on the SDN craze, introducing a new architecture it said would finally deliver SDN concepts to layers four through seven of the network.
The new architecture, called Synthesis, enabled what F5 dubbed "software-defined application services," or application services that are easier to orchestrate and provision across cloud, virtualized and software-defined networking environments.
Synthesis is based on flagship F5 technologies like TMOS and ScaleN, but also leverages a new fabric technology F5 said lets enterprises and cloud service providers manage, scale and automate application services without having to resort to time-consuming and manual processes. The Synthesis fabric can support up to 2,560 multitenant instances with a combined throughput of 20.5 TB and connection capacity of 9.2 billion. F5 said it can be deployed on the customer's choice of F5 hardware, in the cloud or on a hypervisor.