As cloud computing gains momentum, many organizations are choosing to dip their feet into the cloud to gradually migrate services and resources off premise. To effectively control their environment, cloud providers typically need to dictate IP addresses for their customers’ cloud-based resources. Change in an organizations address structure, even partially, can be daunting. Fortunately, there’s a solution.
Windows 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization allows you to maintain your current IP addressing while enabling cloud providers the flexibility to collocate tenant virtual machines in the same physical network, even the same host, while maintaining tenant isolation.
To demonstrate, let’s talk about the exchange environments for two mock organizations: ‘F5 Demo’ and ‘F5 Agility’, and how they make use of Windows 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization along with F5 BIG-IP and Access Policy Manager to provide a highly available, secure and flexible environment.
Our first mock organization, ‘F5 Agility’ started to migrate its user base from Exchange 2007 to the Exchange 2010 environment. Additionally, they decided to migrate their entire Exchange 2010 environment to the cloud. Most importantly, ‘F5 Agility’ wants this process to be as seamless as possible to the end-user. To aid in this process, the ‘F5 Agility’ organization has already configured network organization between their corporate office and the cloud provider. In addition, a BIG-IP virtual edition (with Access Policy Manager) has been deployed at the provider and configured to manage traffic flow as well as provide pre-authentication and single sign-on to existing on-premise exchange deployment regardless of which versions are being accessed.
Our second mock organization, ‘F5 Demo’, is currently using Exchange 2010. However, they’re now starting to migrate their user-based Office365 and want to provide single sign-on to both Exchange 2010 and Office365 users. To further promote high-availability, the organization has decided to migrate its 80FS farm up to the cloud. Like the previous deployment, the BIG-IP virtual edition with Access Policy Manager has been deployed at the provider and configured to manage traffic flow as well as provide pre-authentication and single sign-on.
The BIG-IP with Access Policy Manager provides a single sign-on experience for all ‘F5 Demo’ users whether the mailbox resides on premise or is hosted online. By combining F5’s BIG-IP and Windows 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization, organizations and providers have a scalable, highly available, and flexible environment in which to deploy their applications.
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