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F5 NGINX is excited to announce the general availability of our first as-a-Service (aaS) product: F5 NGINXaaS for Azure. We are committed to providing flexible aaS options to fulfill the evolving needs of our customers.

The rapid expansion of aaS offerings parallels the explosive growth in the popularity of cloud computing. The market has quickly warmed to the aaS concept because of some clear advantages compared to hardware and software solutions:

What Is NGINXaaS for Azure?

NGINXaaS for Azure is an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) version of NGINX Plus that enables application developers to deliver consistent, secure, and highly available high‑performance apps in Microsoft Azure. With NGINXaaS for Azure, organizations can now deploy NGINX Plus across environments in the way that best suits their needs, whether that be as an Azure‑native solution, a hybrid approach, or strictly on premises.

We announced the public preview of NGINXaaS for Azure in May 2022. Customers welcomed the power it gave them to extend existing workloads and applications to Azure and the flexibility of consuming NGINX products as a service. During the public preview period, we made many enhancements in response to much‑appreciated customer feedback.

Some of the new capabilities in NGINXaaS for Azure include:

To discover more about NGINXaaS for Azure and its capabilities, please refer to the documentation and watch the livestream (debuts March 14, 2023 at 9:00 AM PST):

Lift and Shift NGINX Plus Configurations to Azure

Lifting and shifting applications to the cloud is a standard part of most cloud adoption journeys, but it’s still complicated and time‑consuming. The most empowering feature of NGINXaaS for Azure is the ease with which you can port existing NGINX Plus configurations to Azure.

Bring-your-own-configuration (BYOC) reduces migration pains across three categories:

For a real‑life example of how a financial services company migrated NGINX Plus configs to Azure using a BYOC model, read Causeway Capital Management to Simplify Deployment and Save Time with F5 NGINXaaS for Azure.

Simplify Hybrid-Cloud App Delivery Tool Stack

In addition to on-premises deployments, most organizations operate in multiple clouds, which commonly come with issues relating to complexity, resilience, and security. One major cause of these issues is tool sprawl: the unnecessary duplication of tools that perform the same functions. Tool sprawl forces teams to maintain different policies for each environment, slows troubleshooting, and limits visibility across the infrastructure. One tool it’s easy to standardize across an entire organization is the load balancer.

NGINXaaS for Azure’s close tie to NGINX Plus is great news for NGINX shops that want consistent app‑delivery tooling across multiple environments.

Looking Ahead

NGINXaaS for Azure is the result of an F5 and Microsoft co‑development effort – three years in the making – to provide a fully Azure‑native experience of NGINX Plus. In the spirit of the aaS model, this collaboration will continue to deliver exciting new possibilities in the coming months. Stay tuned for the latest news of feature upgrades and increased capabilities that will further help your organization securely address app delivery needs with greater flexibility and resiliency.

Learn more about NGINXaaS for Azure in the product documentation.

Want to give F5 NGINXaaS for Azure a try? Visit the Azure Marketplace or contact us to discuss your use cases.

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