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.
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.
A CIO’s mantra for 2017: Relentlessly automate. Digitally transform.
The drive for IT agility is everywhere; to the extent that the word of 2017 is “transformation.” Whatever you call it, I find it astounding how fast we are innovating. The adoption of “cloud-like” architectures and microservices is outpacing the impact of virtualization just a few years ago.
Your application owners expect network and performance issues to be quickly resolved so they can deliver their apps faster. Your networking team expects this perfectly elastic load balancer that can scale itself automatically to meet application traffic patterns. Your CIO wants to accomplish all of this, while lowering costs.
Ranga Rajagopalan, CTO of Avi Networks, met with Executive Director, Richard Harris of the App Developer Magazine to discuss the importance of having healthy app server performance and elasticity for businesses online today.
Today, Avi Networks shared news of demonstrating unprecedented elasticity and scale with software-defined load balancers. The demo started as a pet project of our CTO, Ranga Rajagopalan. Ranga always knew that the software-defined architecture for Avi’s load balancers that he conceived and implemented with his fellow founders was highly scalable and elastic as verified by Avi’s performance testers. But, what would it take to put Avi through its paces beyond the QA lab?
I am thrilled to share some exciting product updates with you today that our engineering team has been working on in close collaboration with some of our largest customers across financial services, technology and service provider verticals.
Webscale organizations such as Facebook, Google, and other large cloud vendors have modernized their infrastructure with open source software and commodity hardware. Bringing such a Webscale IT approach to mainstream enterprises was hard because they lacked the tools for such a transformation.
If you have been following the evolution of microservices architectures and container-based applications, you have also heard ample references to the need for visibility.