In the last couple of years, we have seen a rapid shift in application architecture to a distributed microservices architecture—where monolithic and a bulky applications are decomposed into smaller individual services that can be independently changed, built, deployed and managed. The main advantages of this model are simplicity and speed along with ease of upgrade and independent scaling with minimal or no dependencies on other services. This fits in well with Agile and DevOps methodology, that has been successfully adopted by many web scale companies. Most of these companies have this model working fairly well for several years, but the two biggest initiatives that made it to the mass market in the last few years has to be Docker and Kubernetes. Docker simplified building these microservices as Linux containers and Kubernetes helped to deploy, manage, and scale these microservices in a resource-optimized manner.
Avi Vantage provides enterprise grade load balancing for container ecosystems like Kubernetes. To install Avi on Kubernetes, a Cloud needs to be configured on the Avi controller, which allows it to run APIs to the Kubernetes master to automate service discovery and load balancing. This can be a one-time, manual step if the kubernetes cluster is long- lived. But for cases where the setups are tied into a CI/CD framework, whole clusters may be created and destroyed frequently along with the apps being tested. This requires an automated way to configure Avi every time a Kubernetes cluster is created.
Today, we are excited to announce the launch of Avi SaaS, a cloud managed solution to deliver Avi's load balancing, WAF, GSLB, and service mesh across multi-cloud environments.
My colleague wrote a blog on What is “Intent-Based” Anyway? To see is to believe and that’s exactly what this blog “intends” to do. Let’s put your fingers on something tangible while catching you up on the next big thing that is “intent-based networking”.
Any vendor will tell you they have detailed analytics and an intuitive interface (GUI). They'll state that certain tasks can be done in “just a few clicks”. Most vendors over-promise and under-deliver in this area, which is why we at Avi Networks took up the challenge of showing (not just telling) how much better the experience can be with our load balancer.
Visit AviNetworks.com or F5 Networks’ website and there will be no shortage of the word “automation”. In fact, both load balancing solutions sound very much alike according to their marketing teams, but in practice they couldn’t be more different.
We now live in a multi-cloud world. And it makes sense. Enterprises need highly available applications that can support customers all over the globe. Hybrid and multi-cloud environments, the concept of managing multiple infrastructure environments together as one, give businesses choice and flexibility with their infrastructure. Why would you lock themselves into a single data center or a single cloud?
Chances are you’ve seen the phrase “intent-based application services” or “intent-based load balancer” (hint: that language is used all over Avi Networks' website). Application services refer to load balancing, WAF, and service mesh. But what about “intent-based”? Is “intent-based” just a bunch of marketing fluff? Actually, no. I’m well-versed in the fluff of industry peers. The story behind intent-based is straight forward.
Topics: intent-based networking, intent-based application services, Elastic Load Balancing, software load balancing, software-defined load balancing, Software Load Balancer, intent-based load balancer
Today is an exciting day in the history of Avi Networks. We just announced our $60 million Series D with the addition of Cisco Investments who is joining our existing investors. This brings our total funding to $115 million.
Applications don’t just support the business; applications are the business. The number of applications and end-users who rely on these applications are increasing exponentially. As such, your applications remain a popular target of attackers, and a successful attack could significantly harm your business.