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.
The way modern enterprises run their computing is changing at a rapid pace. With infrastructure choices and application architectures favoring flexibility above all else, legacy application delivery controllers (ADCs) are unable to keep up with the changing requirements.
Cisco announced the end-of-support of their ACE load balancers as of Fall 2015. Cisco has executed on the end-of-life, end-of-service, and end-of-support plans for their Cisco ACE appliances. Enterprises that currently use Cisco ACE for their load balancing needs have been strongly encouraged to search for an alternative before time runs out and find a solution that will prepare them for the modern enterprise requirements.
In today’s business environment, enterprises need their load balancers to be elastic and provide network and app teams with the ability to get their job done faster. Applications have to be responsive to users, even when there is a sudden traffic spike. Users are used to an "always-on" experience and apps need to respond to these expectations. Web-scale companies such as Google and Facebook have relied on the combination of industry-standard data center hardware with powerful software that enables them to be agile, flexible, and elastic.
What are “Elastic Application Services”?
Last year, Ranga Rajagopalan, our CTO wrote a very informational post on “Application Services 101” that has been referenced in many prospect/customer discussions ever since! If you haven’t read the post, I highly recommend you do.
Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO at Avi Networks, recently published an article on Data Center Knowledge where he discusses how operations teams can become more agile in their development methodologies and manage east-west traffic more effectively.
We are thrilled to be included in the most recent IDC Innovators report for cloud-native application delivery controller (ADC) solutions.
Eric Anderson, systems architect at Avi Networks, recently published an article on The Newstack discussing the best practices for IT automation for network engineers and architects.
If you live in a city with a punishing commute like I do, podcasts are a great relief. My favorite is Analog(ue) with two guys (Myke and Casey) living on either side of the Atlantic discussing tech, devices, and all of their ramifications. I am making the switch from binge watching to binge listening. If you are responsible for networking infrastructure, operations, or a simply a “connectivity” enthusiast, you have no doubt heard of the Packet Pushers, who run a great podcast for all things networking.
Topics: Application Delivery Networking
Is my application dead?
How do system administrators know that applications are in "good" health?
The truth is that we usually don’t know until there’s an outage or a performance issue, by when it’s too late to prevent a downtime.
Topics: App Health Score