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Application Visibility | The Key to Network Health | Avi Networks

avatar Ted Ranft
Posted on Nov 2, 2017 11:05:06 AM

One hundred and twenty-two years ago German physics professor Wilhelm Conrad Roentgen discovered the power of X-rays with the “X” signifying “unknown”. The hand on left on the image below is the first X-ray “radiograph” that Roentgen created of his wife’s hand in 1895. In today’s modern society it’s easy to take things for granted but prior to the invention of X-Ray machines, broken bones, tumors, or the location of shrapnel were all diagnosed by physical examination. Yikes! Exams involved guess-work, were prone to error, and were dangerous to the patient. I am grateful to live in today’s world of modern medicine where physicians have improved tools to diagnose and help treat illness and trauma without as much guesswork.

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Topics: Analytics

Application Infrastructure | Escape from the Upside Down

avatar Guru Chahal
Posted on Oct 26, 2017 1:58:24 PM

The tech stack has a problem. It’s serious. It’s pervasive. And it’s insidiously hard to spot.

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Topics: Application Centric

Intelligent Web Application Firewall | Why Avi Developed iWAF

avatar Ashutosh Gupta
Posted on Oct 24, 2017 1:33:30 PM

We all can agree that cyber attacks are on rise. Be it Yahoo's data leak in 2013 where 1 billion user accounts were compromised or the more recent Equifax data leak which affected its 143 million customers, these events show the increased risk each web application is facing. Web applications are the bones and flesh of today’s businesses, and are often soft targets for damaging attacks. Unfortunately, applications need to access, collect, process, and relay sensitive data to execute business logic. Web application security is paramount for businesses that provide services using sensitive data. To understand the problem in more detail, we should examine what occurred in the case of Equifax—the attack is mind boggling in its scale and damage.

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Topics: Security, WAF

Good APIs or Bust | The Importance of Good APIs

avatar Josh Grose
Posted on Oct 3, 2017 8:45:00 AM

Without good APIs Google would fall to the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, and Facebook, claimed Steve Yegge in his seminal 2011 internal memo. Although the intention was to emphasize the importance of APIs for webscale service providers, the need for robust, scalable, and secure APIs has increasingly gained traction among today’s enterprises seeking to “digitize” their organization.

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Topics: Platforms, APIs

Load Balancer Security | How a Smart Load Balancer Can Help

avatar Nathan McMahon
Posted on Sep 28, 2017 11:04:53 AM

Citrix NetScaler’s recently exposed security exploit, which allows attackers to bypass authentication and take full control of the load balancing infrastructure, is frightening. But it is hardly a standalone incident. Every product from every company may eventually succumb to a critical vulnerability. This raises some good questions around security. How does a vendor test the security of their product? If vulnerabilities are inevitable, what is the vendor response and customer strategy?

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Topics: Security, Load Balancing

Virtual Load Balancers: Wolf in Sheep's Clothing

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Sep 20, 2017 9:46:47 AM

More specifically, virtual load balancers are just legacy load balancers trying to find a home in your data center or the cloud.

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

Application Delivery | The Importance of Design

avatar Ted Ranft
Posted on Sep 12, 2017 12:56:40 PM

This week I came across my still functioning iPod Classic “click wheel”. This was my exercise companion for many years and I still marvel at the engineering innovation (holds thousands of songs!) and simple elegance of the intuitive user interface (click wheel!). In today’s consumer society we expect our electronics to be intuitive. When announced in 2003 the “click-wheel” was years ahead at a time most electronics still came with detailed instruction manuals. Launching a consumer product with a click wheel was a radical approach, pushing the end-user experience to the very limits of engineering.

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Topics: Architecture, Application Delivery Controller, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Application Architectures, Elastic Load Balancing

Cloud Migration Strategy | Lift and Shift Apps to the Cloud

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Sep 7, 2017 12:03:56 PM

A growing share of Fortune 500 companies are selecting Avi Networks to be part of their cloud migration strategy. These leading enterprise IT organizations realize that they need application delivery services that are born in the cloud to produce results in the cloud. In short, lifting and shifting applications from the data center to the cloud requires more than lifting and shifting legacy appliances from the data center to the cloud.

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Topics: Load Balancing, Public Cloud

Digital Transformation | Completing the Last Mile

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Aug 31, 2017 10:22:15 AM

You can't work in enterprise IT without hearing the phrase "digital transformation". This trend usually refers to the adoption of the cloud, containers, and microservices, or the use of automation and modern approaches. While initiatives to explore and implement these technologies abound, few are experiencing the promise of digital transformation.

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Topics: Digital Transformation, Modernization

Smart Load Balancer | Avi Networks 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

   
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