Hardware used to be the foundation of IT. You couldn’t deploy an application without configuring dozens of servers and hardware appliances. But modern enterprises can’t be held back by a walls of knobs any longer. Proprietary physical hardware is expensive, slow, and works counter to your digital transformation.
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.
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.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and the same is true of video. This week we decided to parody Apple’s famous “Get A Mac” ad campaign by applying it to the load balancing and ADC industry.
This message is as much for people who buy load balancers as it is for those who sell them.
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!
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.
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.
Enterprises have many issues with hardware and appliance-based load balancers. Some key struggles include:
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.