Working with CompuNet: An Application-Focused Engineering Team
   By: Adam Robertson

The move to a remote workforce has opened the door to unforeseen challenges—from managing productivity and creating an environment of innovation to safeguarding corporate data and ensuring availability.

CompuNet partners with the market leader, F5, to enable you to streamline this culture shift by delivering performance and security together. And it is important to know how F5 is enabling businesses to overcome these new challenges and empower the new workforce.

 

Unrivaled performance with global server load balancing

To improve performance and availability, businesses frequently need to be able to cloud burst or move workloads between data centers to deal with peaks in demand. F5 Solutions can help you meet their cloud bursting requirements, via the functionality of global server load balancing.  This allows for the dynamic re-shift of applications – where they live and where users go to consume their services. 

By distributing user application requests based on business policies, data center and cloud service conditions, user location, and application performance, you can be confident that all your apps are meeting user expectations.  NGINX can even tie into development pipelines allowing for automation and consistent configuration and doesn’t require you to choose between security and performance.

 

F5 global server load balancing enables you to:

Support application requirements across data center and cloud environments

Distribute app traffic to keep pace with changing network and user volumes

Route clients to the nearest data center with geolocation-based load balancing

Flexibly shift traffic to a backup data center and failover an entire site, or just control the affected apps

 

Brute force protection for web applications

Verizon’s 2020 Data Breach report found that 86% of data breaches were for financial gain – up from 71% in 2019.  Additionally cloud-based data attacks doubled in 2020 to 43%.

The threat actors that are working against companies today have definite plans of attack. They're meticulous in what they do. Without a strategic blueprint to really analyze your application and maybe the security weaknesses in that application, you truly can't protect against those threats.

With organizations implementing remote working for all staff, attacks on enterprise—especially Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are on the rise. Without an effective layer 7 attack detection and prevention mechanism, websites and applications are unable to offer high availability and overload protection.

Most companies have a traditional next-gen firewall that focuses more on the OSI layer 3 and 4, and most web applications focus more on OSI layer 7.  This is where F5 can help. Their products focus exclusively on layer 7 application-layer attacks.

Our dedication to protecting our customers, F5’s Access Policy Manager allows CompuNet to insert modern security techniques, such as multifactor authentication, onto legacy applications as well as provide secure access without relying on legacy technology such as VPNs.

 

 

CompuNet’s engineering-led model 

When you work with CompuNet you will have access to highly experienced and knowledgeable architects and engineers with a true passion for design and implementation.  You will also get to work with the same engineers for pre-sales, implementation, and on-going support providing an unrivaled experience.  

To get the most out of your F5 solutions, it’s important to have an engineer working with you who understands both the application world and the network world, because F5 is always going to combine the two. When you really focus on one more than the other, you're not going to get the complete benefit out of the solution, and CompuNet is here to provide that.

To learn even more about CompuNet’s F5 practice speak to one of our engineers to find out what we can do for your business.