F5 Teams with Equinix to Enhance Security for Multi-Cloud Environments

Technology collaboration continues to deliver flexible
technologies that support hybrid IT models without sacrificing security
or control

announced the availability of a joint solution with Equinix,
the global interconnection
and data center company, that provides automated HSM (hardware security
module) capabilities as-a-service. Previously introduced
at F5’s 2018 global Agility conference, this integration combines F5
BIG-IP and Equinix SmartKey technologies to
simplify encryption key lifecycle management and provide superior
security for organizations hesitant to store their ever-increasing
number of keys in the public cloud.

“Our focus is on applications—front and center,” said Calvin Rowland,
SVP of Business Development at F5. “Building on a longstanding and
fruitful collaboration, this new solution integrates Equinix SmartKey
into a joint cloud gateway solution, giving customers the ability to
automate the configuration and management of encryption keys within the
platform to better support today’s growing portfolios of distributed
applications. Extending the value of each companies’ offerings—with F5
solutions delivering HSM capabilities inside the Equinix International
Business Exchange (IBX®) data
centers—essentially delivers the best of both cloud and on-premises

Today’s enterprises seek to embrace the cost and efficiency benefits of
cloud but find themselves with the daunting task of securely managing
data and encryption capabilities across private, public, hybrid, or
multi-cloud environments. At the same time, many organizations have
found that third-party cloud service provider offerings around KMS (key
management services) can quickly add complexity—with each provider
maintaining a different set of security keys—and fall short of
protecting on-premises components, such as those required for an
end-to-end hybrid cloud HSM service. Given that organizations are often
charged with supporting legacy systems as well, this previous lack of
extensibility has limited the appeal of moving certain applications and
data to the cloud.

The joint Equinix and F5 solution brings together HSM and KMS
capabilities into a cloud-agnostic HSM
as a Service
offering to deliver the security and simplicity
required for both hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Specifically, the
integration of SmartKey and BIG-IP provides a network-based solution
that preserves the ability to perform a full suite of key lifecycle
management functions as a service in the cloud. This approach promotes
valuable use cases, including SSL termination, acceleration and
offloading, as well as data encryption and decryption, without
prohibitive trade-offs around complexity or security.

“Through an integrated, out-of-the-box SSL key management solution, F5
and Equinix technologies accelerate the performance of secure network
applications,” said Lance Weaver, VP, Platform Strategy & Emerging
Services at Equinix. “This gives customers an innovative way to protect
their increasingly distributed digital business assets, without locking
them into one set of cloud service provider capabilities. With many use
cases providing attractive cost savings, this latest joint effort
between Equinix and F5 enables the automated retrieval of encryption
keys without customer intervention, regardless of how specific
surrounding infrastructure components have been architected.”

Both F5 and Equinix will be at RSA
, taking place March 4–8 in San Francisco. Stop by to see F5 at
booth #643 or visit Equinix at booth #3305 in the South Hall for a
SmartKey demo.

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deliver every app, anywhere—with confidence. F5 delivers cloud and
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Nathan Misner
F5 Networks
(206) 272-7494

Holly Lancaster
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