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"Hi, I'm a Smart Load Balancer..." [Video Series]

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Aug 10, 2017 1:51:46 PM

They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and the same is true of video. This week we decided to parody Apple’s famous “Get A Mac” ad campaign by applying it to the load balancing and ADC industry.

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Topics: Software Load Balancer, software-defined load balancing, software load balancing, Hardware, video

WAKE UP CALL! It’s Time to Rethink Load Balancing

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Aug 2, 2017 9:50:04 AM

This message is as much for people who buy load balancers as it is for those who sell them.

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Topics: ADC, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Elastic Load Balancing, Hardware

Christmas in July: How Avi Networks Powers the North Pole

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jul 18, 2017 9:22:05 AM

Nothing demonstrates the need for elasticity and scale like the Holiday Season. Manufacturing, distribution, and eCommerce companies experience a huge spike in their business, but nobody feels the pressure more than the big guy up North. You know—the jolly fellow, red suit, white beard—ring a (jingle) bell? It’s Santa Claus!

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Topics: Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Case Study, Ludicrous Scale, Elastic Load Balancing

Why You Shouldn't Need a Separate APM Tool for Network Monitoring

avatar Grant Swanson
Posted on Jul 11, 2017 12:02:37 PM

Application performance management (APM) tools are commonly used to monitor, manage, and/or maintain the performance and availability of software applications. Modern businesses rely on many APM tools to reliably deliver mission-critical applications to end users.

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Topics: APM

Smart Load Balancers vs. Dumb Load Balancers

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jul 6, 2017 11:35:20 AM

We haven’t expected much from our load balancers in the past. And why should we? Traditional load balancers had a relatively simple job (e.g. distribute traffic, SSL, some content switching), and functioned relatively well. End of story.

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Topics: Software Defined Networks, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, TCO, Elastic Scale, Elastic Load Balancing, Hardware

F5 BIG-IP LTM Better Than A Software Load Balancer? Think Again

avatar Swarna Podila
Posted on Jun 23, 2017 7:08:00 AM

Last week, my colleague Chris wrote about his "buyer's remorse" (not!).  If you are an F5 BIP-IP LTM (or a Citrix NetScaler SDX or MPX) customer, I would like to get you thinking about software load balancers.

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Topics: Software Load Balancer, TCO, Elastic Scale

F5 vs. Avi Networks: 9 Reasons Why Hardware Is Better Than Software

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jun 14, 2017 9:34:01 AM

I originally joined Avi Networks because I believed they had a robust, software-defined application delivery solution. It could do everything F5’s physical load balancers could do… or so I thought. After one week on the job, I’ve realized that Avi Networks only cuts costs by up to 70% only because you aren’t paying for hardware—hardware that can do a lot of things that Avi Networks just can’t do.

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Topics: Software Defined Networks, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer

The Hardware Tax | The Downsides of ADC Hardware

avatar Ted Ranft
Posted on Jun 13, 2017 9:03:18 AM

Unlike other countries, all U.S. citizens residing out of the country are required to pay their normal Federal taxes back to the “mother-ship.” This became painfully clear during my two tours of duty living in the United Kingdom. To make matters worse, the U.S. tax year has a different timing cycle than the U.K. tax year. Because of the offset tax years (and my domicile alternating twice between London and New York) I have spent the last six years filing taxes in both the United States and the United Kingdom. Not fun or easy to deal with.

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Topics: Software Load Balancer, Elastic Scale, Hardware

Application Infrastructure | Requirements of IT Modernization

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jun 12, 2017 2:36:12 PM

Enterprises must undergo a digital transformation. It is not a matter of if, but when. And most IT organizations are choosing now as the time.

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Topics: Software Load Balancer, Service Fabric, Application Services, multicloud, Distributed Services Fabric, Elastic Application Services Fabric, Application Architectures, Hybrid Cloud

Software Load Balancer Advantages & 9 Reasons to Switch

avatar Chandra Sekar
Posted on Jun 2, 2017 10:42:31 AM

Load balancers became popular about two decades ago with the dawn of the Internet age. With the goals of optimizing the performance of newly created websites and ensuring that end users had a responsive experience when visiting a site, the load balancer was an essential front end to web servers and applications. The load balancer plays the traffic cop, using different algorithms to optimize the distribution of traffic to backend servers.

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Topics: Software Load Balancer

   

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