Enhancing Traffic Control with F5 and Quest Software's SharePlex

Konstantinos Chatzimichalis

System Engineer

In today's hyper-connected business landscape, the success of enterprises hinges on the efficiency and reliability of their networks and application management. F5 Networks and Quest Software™ have recognized this imperative, and together, they are transforming the way businesses approach these challenges. By providing a joint solution that combines security, high availability, and streamlined administration, this partnership offers a game-changing approach to maximizing return on investment (ROI) and ensuring uninterrupted service.

Maximizing Network and Application Availability

The fundamental challenge for modern enterprises is to maximize network and application availability, and this challenge becomes even more critical when applications depend on back-end databases like Oracle. In such scenarios, redundant deployments down to the database level are essential, ensuring that mission-critical data is synchronized across systems, and application traffic remains responsive to backend changes, allowing for seamless fail-over and business continuity.

A Synergetic Solution

F5 Networks and Quest Software have collaboratively crafted a solution that delivers immediate and profound impacts on ROI. This integrated solution is instrumental in elevating application availability, facilitating maintenance, and reducing administrative overhead. It is a pivotal component in establishing a robust business continuity strategy, empowering customers to extract maximum value from their investments in Oracle databases and network infrastructure. The result is a more proactive, hands-free administrative environment that fosters efficiency.

Key Features of the Integrated Solution

The integrated solution by F5 Networks and Quest Software is designed to provide enterprises with a comprehensive system to effectively deploy redundant Oracle databases. Key features include:

Data Synchronization

The solution ensures the synchronization of data across local or distributed sites

Intelligent Traffic Management

It intelligently manages application traffic to optimize network resources and application performance.

Customizable Logic

The BIG-IP product allows organizations to incorporate application-specific logic, known as iRules™, into the solution, streamlining operations and enhancing operational efficiency.

Seamless Fail-Over

In case of a database failure or planned maintenance, Quest's SharePlex seamlessly communicates with F5's BIG-IP® Local Traffic Manager and BIG-IP Global Traffic Manager to reroute traffic flow to redundant or alternative sites, ensuring business continuity.

Offloading Application Responsibilities

One of the standout benefits of this partnership is the offloading of high availability, security, and control responsibilities from applications themselves. Instead, these functions are transferred to F5's BIG-IP product, which simplifies scaling, deployment, and ongoing maintenance of applications and web services.


About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is a global leader in Application Delivery Networking, dedicated to making applications secure, fast, and available for everyone. Their solutions are designed to optimize applications, protect them, and ensure application reliability by adding intelligence and manageability to the network. With over 10,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trusting F5, the company continues to empower businesses to get the most out of their investments.

About Quest Software

Quest Software, Inc. is a leading provider of application management solutions, offering comprehensive product families for today's core databases and applications. Their SharePlex for Oracle product is designed to help customers meet high availability and performance needs by maintaining current, available copies of production databases. Quest offers solutions for Oracle®, IBM® and Microsoft® databases.


In a world where network efficiency and reliability are paramount, F5 Networks and Quest Software's collaborative solution offers a beacon of hope for enterprises seeking to elevate their performance, security, and business continuity. With this partnership, businesses are equipped with a robust, intelligent solution to navigate the complexities of modern application management, ensuring they can thrive in an ever-changing digital landscape. Contact us to learn more!

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