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Does Your Load Balancer Spark Joy?

Chris Heggem
Posted on Feb 14, 2019 11:14:48 AM

The world is ablaze with Marie Kondo and her KonMari Method™. Her book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, and her Netflix series have impacted the lives of millions around the globe. Marie Kondo's method starts with a simple question: “Does it spark joy?” If a particular item sparks joy, keep it. If not, part ways with it.

For example, it may be time to part ways with that VCR that is collecting dust. While these items are familiar, their value has diminished and they no longer spark joy.

Applying this premise to your on-premises data center may yield similar results. Enterprises have a lot of load balancing appliances in their tech stack because that’s what they’ve always had. Appliance load balancers are the VCRs of load balancing. 

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They may look identical, but one is a load balancer and the other is a VCR. Neither spark joy.

Now, as data centers become more software-defined, the value of appliances diminish. It’s time to thank them for what they’ve done and move on to solutions that actually spark joy.

Modernize Your Load Balancing

Modern enterprises need modern load balancing that isn’t confined to a hardware or software appliance. Avi Networks’ load balancing fabric is built on software-defined principles where we deploy service engines (name for our load balancers) across any data center or cloud. Our “deploy as many, manage as one” methodology gives you powerful management, automation, and analytics from a centralized controller. I compare the architectural differences between appliance load balancers and Avi Networks in our blog post "It's Time to Say "Goodbye" to the Load Balancer Appliance". You'll see why 25% of the Fortune 50 are KonMari-ing their load balancing appliances and switching to Avi Networks.

Today, enterprises deploy applications across multiple data centers and clouds—on bare metal, VMs, and containers—so we need new load balancing solutions that offer flexibility and speed without compromising on features or security. If your existing load balancing solution sparks joy, stick with it. Otherwise, you may want to schedule a demo with a load balancer that does.

 

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Topics: f5 vs avi networks, hardware load balancer vs software load balancer, Hardware, software-defined load balancing, Software Load Balancer, software load balancing

  
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