F5 has announced the launch of the next version of its BIG-IP software to introduce application security, global traffic and access policy managers.

Described by the company as a unified platform that helps protect Web 2.0 applications and data and establish a centralised application access and policy control, F5 said that version 11 of the BIP-IP continues to deliver on its vision of a dynamic data centre, giving IT staff the agility needed to innovate and drive business.

According to the company, the BIG-IP version 11 enhancements enable enterprises to create a dynamic data centre environment for managing and protecting the network, data and applications, whether deployed in physical, virtual or cloud environments. The application security manager allows organisations to protect interactive web 2.0 applications and secures the application and displays an alert, in the form of a unique blocking page, in the event of a policy violation.

It also said that the access policy manager puts the IT department in control by providing enhanced support for endpoint inspection, multiple authentication methods, single sign-on and external access control lists.

It also gives administrators detailed information about users, applications and the network, providing them the context they need to create network and application access policies. The solution also gives them a single point of control from which to enforce those policies globally.

Speaking to SC Magazine, F5 technical marketing manager Ken Salchow said that there has been a change in the way that users configure devices and now administrators can create templates to configure systems to deliver applications. He said: “Customers are looking for a dynamic data centre. How can they make sure an application in the cloud can have the same permissions as in-house and how can the same data be secure?

“Also they are looking for a dynamic data centre from a performance and availability standpoint on who to give access to.”

He also said that the iApp solution creates a template to ask questions to generate a user specific policy that can be mitigated to whichever application is being serviced. The solution is delivered with 20 initial templates and will be available in the third quarter of 2011.