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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Topics: Software Load Balancer
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.
We are thrilled to be included in the most recent IDC Innovators report for cloud-native application delivery controller (ADC) solutions.
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.
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is now reaching mainstream enterprises with the Cisco Cloud Services Platform (Cisco CSP) 2100. Cisco has partnered with Avi Networks to provide a turn-key solution for the rapid deployment of application services such as load balancing, analytics, and autoscaling on its elastic NFV platform. The joint solution ensures that administrators can efficiently roll out elastic, high-performance, load balancing and application monitoring capabilities.
Join Cisco and Avi Networks to learn how enterprises now have an opportunity to:
- Replace their expensive appliance-based load balancer with an elastic, software load balancing solution
- Achieve TCO savings of over 50%
- Deliver a centrally managed, distributed load balancing fabric
- Gain full visibility to all virtual services and pools with complete application analytics
- Cisco ACE replacement before its upcoming end of support date
Dan Warmenhoven is the newest board member at Avi Networks. SDxCentral's Craig Matsumoto took this announcement as an opportunity to chat with Dan about the changing IT infrastructure and what the incumbents ought to do about it.