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As A Unified Company, F5 And Nginx Can Bridge The DevOps-NetOps Divide

In May, a web application delivery powerhouse acquired a DevOps-focused upstart challenging its supremacy in the load balancing market. Together, they represent a major force in balancing, securing and optimizing web applications.

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Bridging DevOps And NetOps

While Nginx had increasingly looked to challenge F5 in the vital load balancing market, the two companies traditionally focused on different ends of the application delivery spectrum.

In a letter revealing the Nginx deal to employees, F5 CEO François Locoh-Donou (pictured) said: "We may talk to NetOps and they may be the choice of DevOps, but both of our customers are trying to bridge the divide between traditional and modern applications, across multi-cloud environments."

Nginx support for DevOps practitioners comes through application development tools like API gateways for building micro-services environments from containers.

With offerings for optimizing and securing application delivery and network infrastructure, F5's domain is closer to the production environments encountered by the end user.

"We address a different audience, the DevOps audience, and we do that with software solutions and go-to-market that aren't necessarily ones that F5 does at scale," Whiteley told CRN. "So [F5] wanted to preserve all of that."

The companies can now bridge the divide between DevOps and NetOps by developing a unified portfolio, he said.

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