Imagine this scenario. It is a Wednesday morning and as the network administrator responsible for servicing business applications, you are processing a series of support tickets that arrived in the past few hours and the previous day. One of the high severity items on your plate this morning is from an application team that has been debugging poor performance of a business critical application. They have received complaints from end users and the line-of-business manager is concerned about potential revenue impacts. The application team has been frantically looking at their logs and haven’t quite pinned down the problem. They now believe it is an issue with the network and want your help finding the source of the problem. By the time the problem has been escalated to you it is already late and they want answers immediately. And just to add to the problem complexity, the issue has been happening sporadically for the last couple of weeks. What do you do?
We are one weekend away from OpenStack Summit! As I pack my bags, I was thinking back to the previous summits I attended in Tokyo, Vancouver, and Paris. The community, the projects and the stability thereof, have evolved beyond everyone’s expectations and to the naysayers’ disbelief.
When talking to customers, we often hear the term, "Self-service provisioning." The reason is that enterprises want non-networking experts to have the ability to use an Application Delivery Controller (ADC) without having to rely on a network administrator. The goal of these enterprises is to drive application deployment as fast as possible. If you have to create tickets to get a load balancer configured, it severely impacts the efficiency of application development and deployment.
We were at a large multinational bank a couple of weeks ago and were astonished to find out that it takes about 27 days on average from the time an application developer requests a load balancer instance to the time the IT team actually delivers it.
Imagine an AWS-like experience where any app developer can:
- Create a load balancer instance in less than 30 seconds
- Eliminate your network tickets and deploy your applications faster
- Give developers access to these network resources instantly.
May 22nd, 2015, OpenStack Summit, Vancouver:
Since embellishing one’s “takeaways” appears to be en vogue right after an event like this, I thought I’d write about our giveaways instead!
First, you should know that we had 2 giveaways at the Avi Networks booth: T-Shirts & laptop stickers – both quantities in the hundreds. Despite a small booth, we ran out of both of them... almost as quickly as kombucha sells out at a new age festival!
Thousands of cloud architects and application developers will flock to the Palais des congrès in Paris next week as the OpenStack Summit gets under way. If you plan to be at the conference, do stop by Avi Networks Booth E9 and say hello to one of our customers, meet our OpenStack architect, or just grab free beer and a cool T-shirt!