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Smart vs. Dumb Load Balancers | Expect More From Your Load Balancer

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

Choosing a Software Load Balancer | What You Need To Know

avatar Swarna Podila
Posted on May 31, 2017 9:04:00 AM

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.

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

Virtual Load Balancers | Hardware in a Software Disguise

avatar Grant Swanson
Posted on May 19, 2017 6:00:00 AM

When it comes to load balancers you have probably heard terms such as, "Software Defined Hardware" (yes, they actually said that!) or "Software First" from vendors like F5 Networks and Citrix NetScaler. What they are really telling you is that they understand the importance of software, but need to keep selling you hardware. 

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Topics: SDN, Load Balancing, Virtual Load Balancer

Cisco ACE Migration | Turn to Avi Networks

avatar Swarna Podila
Posted on May 16, 2017 8:52:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Cisco CSP, Elastic Load Balancing

Hardware Load Balancing | Financing Your Vendor's Technical Debt

avatar Josh Grose
Posted on May 3, 2017 10:11:30 AM

A CIO’s mantra for 2017: Relentlessly automate. Digitally transform. 

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Topics: load balancer, Load Balancing, sales 101, vendor technical debt, enterprise selling

   
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