F5 vRA Module

vRealize Automation extensibility module for SovLabs Suite

Overview

The SovLabs F5 Module for vRealize Automation sets a new standard in application delivery controller integration technology by bringing F5® BIG-IP® onto the vRA Blueprint Canvas and providing flexible deployment models and a lifecycle that is fully managed in vRealize Automation. Optional custom naming policies for F5 BIG-IP VIPs/Pools, IPAM integrations for F5 BIG-IP VIP assignment and DNS registration are also available out of the box. F5 BIG-IP is now a first-class citizen in vRealize Automation.
With the SovLabs F5 Module for vRealize Automation, vRA administrators and architects can now dynamically create or include existing F5 BIG-IP VIPs in vRA Blueprints. Take advantage of F5 BIG-IP features such as iRules® directly within vRA blueprints for consumption by developers, IT staff, or end-users.
Compatibility
F5 BIG-IP11.5+, 12.x, 13.x
VMware vRealize Automation 7.2
VMware vRealize Orchestrator 7.2
restipe

The SovLabs F5 module introduces SovLabs RESTipes

An “infrastructure as code” approach for defining the steps used to create, reuse, remove and scale F5 structures, such as VIPs, Pools, and Nodes/Members

Quick Start Process

1
Define F5 BIG-IP Endpoint(s)
2
Drag, drop and modify the F5 Virtual component and link it to dependent machine components in the vRA Blueprint
3
Provision!

Features

First-class citizen design

Drag directly into vRA Blueprint Canvas. vRA administrators and architects can customize the request form either globally or per vRA Blueprint to accommodate different business needs

Natively integrate F5 BIG-IP

directly within the vRealize Automation Blueprint Canvas

Supports vRA Auto Scaling

of deployments, dynamically add or remove nodes from the load balancer

Dynamically create

new or use existing F5 BIG-IP virtual servers with blueprint deployments and add linked machine components as nodes
  • Associate machine components by linking to the F5 Virtual component in the vRA Blueprint Canvas
  • Option to reuse an existing F5 BIG-IP virtual server or create a new one
  • Ability to pin/override/hide request form parameters per vRA Composite Blueprint, which can also be saved/exported
  • Supports nested vRA Blueprints
  • Supports vRA scale in, scale out for deployments
  • Ability to specify F5 BIG-IP VIP name, IP address, and port at request time
  • Option to integrate IPAM and/or DNS for F5 BIG-IP VIP assignment and DNS registration with Infoblox, BlueCat, Microsoft, SolarWinds, Men and Mice, BT Diamond IP at request time
  • Supports multiple DNS domains for optional DNS registration at request time
  • Option to integrate naming standard/sequence definitions for F5 BIG-IP VIPs and Pools at request time
  • Included vRA Property Group for setting additional node-level overrides at the machine component level, such as member port, connection limit, rate limit, priority group and ratio at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP SSL Server Profiles at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP SSL Client Profiles at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP Virtual iRules at request time
  • Ability to specify one or more F5 BIG-IP Pool health monitors and availability requirements at request time
  • Multiple vRA/vRO instances and multi-tenant support
  • Request to create a F5 BIG-IP VIP independently or as part of a vRA Composite Blueprint
  • SovLabs Template Engine allows for static text in combination with vRA custom properties and/or custom logic