Application Delivery Blog

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.

As your enterprise begins to migrate to the cloud, legacy load balancers are left out in the cold. You can’t take your F5 or Citrix NetScaler hardware with you. Operationally, they just don’t function in cloud environments.

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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

WAKE UP CALL! It’s Time to Rethink Load Balancing

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Aug 2, 2017 9:50:04 AM

This message is as much for people who buy load balancers as it is for those who sell them.

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

Christmas in July: How Avi Networks Powers the North Pole

avatar Chris Heggem
Posted on Jul 18, 2017 9:22:05 AM

Nothing demonstrates the need for elasticity and scale like the Holiday Season. Manufacturing, distribution, and eCommerce companies experience a huge spike in their business, but nobody feels the pressure more than the big guy up North. You know—the jolly fellow, red suit, white beard—ring a (jingle) bell? It’s Santa Claus!

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Topics: Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, Case Study, Ludicrous Scale, Elastic Load Balancing

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.

But then our infrastructure, platforms, services, and applications got smarter.

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Topics: Software Defined Networks, Load Balancing, Software Load Balancer, TCO, Elastic Scale, Elastic Load Balancing, Hardware

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

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

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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