The virtualized networks we build today are millennial networks for millennial expectations. I was talking to someone the other day about how the millennial generation expects instant gratification and rewards on demand. We can watch an entire television series in single night. We can order something online and have it delivered to our door the following day. In a way, we are providing access to applications and data in a similar way through virtualization strategies.
Delivering your expectations
Virtualized network architectures are designed to provide the flexibility to move applications and data around without the need to make significant time and hardware intensive changes to adapt to changing needs and requirements. The agility and elasticity of the virtualized networks enable businesses to ensure that they can always deliver applications and data to their end users.
Application delivery controllers (ADC) play a central role in the enablement of the virtualized networks. ADCs provide the technology to create a flexible and dynamic infrastructure that can adjust to the changing requirements and demands that end users place on the IT networks. ADCs provide load balancing technologies that offer scalability and reliability. Their integration with orchestration and automation solutions deliver the on- demand capabilities we expect from the cloud-like virtual environments.
The ADC needs to be virtualized to properly fit in the virtual architectures. It is necessary to load balance different applications in different locations at different times. It is not possible to achieve this capability and meet the time-to-adjust requirements with a proprietary hardware-based infrastructure. The ADC must be virtualized along with the other components within these software-defined environments.
Functionality cannot be lost in the transition from hardware-based technologies to software-based implementations. The look, feel, and management of the ADC solution cannot differ just because of the shift to a software-based virtual solution. Architects and engineers expect technologies to be consistent in the shift from physical to virtualized network designs. ADC technologies assist in this transition by aggregating and distributing the physical and virtual resources in the hybrid environment.
The key to meeting millennial needs
Virtual ADCs are a key component of the virtualized network infrastructures. They provide the framework to enable the flexible, on-demand networks businesses require. With these virtualized architectures, end users are able to access their applications and data whenever, however, and wherever they want through the agile and elastic millennial networks.