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Your network's job is to deliver applications and services, but as your business needs change and grow, it becomes more complex and more expensive for your infrastructure to keep up with these demands.
BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) turns your network into an agile infrastructure for application delivery. It's a full proxy between users and application servers, creating a layer of abstraction to secure, optimize, and load balance application traffic. This gives you the control to add servers easily, eliminate downtime, improve application performance, and meet your security requirements.
BIG-IP LTM provides sophisticated monitors to check device, application, and content availability, including specialized monitors for many applications, as well as customized monitors to check content and simulate application calls.
BIG-IP LTM delivers sub-second system failover and comprehensive connection mirroring, resulting in a highly available solution regardless of system, server, or application failure. BIG-IP LTM can proactively inspect and respond to any server or application error.
The F5 TMOS platform gives you complete control of your application connection, packets, and payload.
Because BIG-IP LTM has the unique ability to read all IP applications, it can switch and persist on information unique to a specific vendor's application server; XML data for web services applications; or custom values indicative to mobile/wireless applications. Your organization can achieve greater reliability and scalability thanks to the ability of BIG-IP LTM to switch, log, and persist in the payload or stream. You also have extraordinary flexibility to solve your organization's application delivery challenges using the F5 iRules. control language.
The F5 iControl API and SDK help automate communications between third-party applications and BIG-IP LTM, removing the need for manual intervention. iControl supports a true publish/subscribe model, which reduces network overhead and improves the performance of applications that integrate with BIG-IP LTM through the iControl interface. For most applications, this can reduce network bandwidth and processing time on both the client and the server.