F5 Essential App Protect and Amazon CloudFront Integration – Secure, Fast and Available as a Service

By November 5, 2020 Articles
F5 & AWS

Today’s customers expect a lot from their digital transformation initiatives. Many have seen years of transformation take place in just the past several months. And while adapting to a global crisis has been a catalyst, the long-term requirements for many companies remain the same while the urgency has increased. They want to deliver a superior customer experience. They want business agility, the ability to respond rapidly to changing market conditions. And, ultimately, they want return on their investments.

Cloud computing is a critical enabler in all three of these areas. It allows customers to reduce the time from designing an application to having it run in full production, significantly improving agility and reducing time to market. But with this agility, comes increased risk as the traditional network perimeter all but dissolves and the threat surface increases exponentially. As more companies move more workloads to the cloud and look to re-platform, security continues to be one of the most important considerations for ease of use. This is why security in the cloud is such a high priority for F5.

For that reason, F5 is pleased to announce the integration between F5 Essential App Protect, an instant out-of-the-box SaaS security solution for protecting web applications, and Amazon CloudFront, a fast content delivery network (CDN) service from Amazon Web Services (AWS) that securely delivers data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with low latency and high transfer speeds, all within a developer-friendly environment. F5 leverages the power of AWS to provide customers with caching capabilities for their applications that reduce costs, strengthen security, and increase performance—all in a single Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution. This means higher long-term return on the investment customers are making in their applications and a better experience for their users.

To further understand why this integration is significant, it’s helpful to take a quick step back. Companies increasingly rely on different expertise and skillsets, like DevOps, DevSecOps and app developers, to work with NetOps teams to manage the sprawling application infrastructure that is driving their accelerated digital transformation.

How it Works

F5 delivers this through the Amazon CloudFront edge in-line with Amazon CloudFront deployments, fully managed by F5 Essential App Protect. This gives customers the ability to set up and control the caching functionality of CloudFront through the Essential App Protect user interface and API. Consumable in pay-as-you-go or through private offer, the new solution is available now in AWS Marketplace or through our channel partners as a part of the AWS Consulting Partner Private Offer (CPPO) program.


F5 Essential App Protect secures the origin traffic flow, with Amazon CloudFront leveraging AWS Shield for protection against DDoS attacks.



Only pay what you use. Get discounted rate for PAYGO on both Essential App Protect Service + Amazon CloudFront, a fast content delivery network (CDN) Service. Annual subscription also available.



Deliberately designed intuitive user interface for simplified administration or automate everything with declarative APIs.



Essential App Protect leverages F5’s WAF technology and NGINX for quick and efficient HTTP processing traffic, with Amazon CloudFront ensuring traffic has the highest network performance.



F5 Essential App Protect with Amazon CloudFront is a resilient end-to-end architecture that automatically scales to respond to large traffic volumes without manual intervention.



Customers gain access to F5’s 24×7 consistent, professional and high-quality service support.



Source: F5 Networks Playbook