they are now available under a single license

they are now available under a single license

At AppWorld 2024 this week, F5 announced the release of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) version of its NGINX portfolio of networking applications, now available under a single enterprise license. This is reported by DevOps.com.

Sean Wormke, general manager of NGINX, said that NGINX One will eliminate many of the challenges that enterprise IT teams currently face when implementing NGINX Plus, NGINX Open Source, NGINX Unit, NGINX Gateway Fabric, and Kubernetes Ingress Controller provided by the company.

As part of this effort, F5 is also providing a unified console across its portfolio of networking applications that promises to streamline the management of F5’s portfolio of networking applications.

NGINX One, which is currently available as part of the early access program, creates a platform-as-a-service that enterprise IT organizations can use and pay for these capabilities as needed, Wormke said.

The main goal is to reduce the total cost of network applications by eliminating the need for IT teams to integrate the various elements of NGINX One themselves.

In general, network applications have become more complex with the advent of microservices-based cloud applications. By reducing the cognitive load required for network applications, it becomes easier to make network operations a more natural extension of DevOps workflows, Wormke noted.

Most organizations have some experience with network applications using proxy servers. But as application environments become more complex, so does the need for gateways and ingress controllers to deliver these capabilities at scale. As a result, more and more IT organizations are beginning to rethink their structure.

There may always be a need for specialized network professionals to manage the physical network infrastructure. But as other network services become more integrated with DevOps workflows, responsibility for some network services is beginning to shift to DevOps teams, who will either deploy these capabilities themselves or take advantage of a SaaS platform such as NGINX One.

Today, outside of the cloud computing environment, IT teams still typically provision VMs or Kubernetes pods in just a few hours, only to wait days or even weeks for network connectivity to be available. As the IT environment becomes increasingly hybrid, a more flexible approach is required.

Every IT organization will need to decide how best to approach networked applications with legacy monolithic microservices at a time when the IT environment has become much more complex to manage.

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