In 2012 OpenFlow discussions turned into SDN ones. Related although different in significant ways, both OpenFlow and SDN drove a significant level of attention in the networking industry as Nicira’s Acquisition and Cisco’s moves served to establish the commercial value of SDN. In 2013, we are witnessing serious momentum in terms of discussions and start-ups around SDN. However, the questions remain as to which solutions will be successful and which solutions will become available in the market place first?
It’s no secret application delivery controller (ADC) services are often perceived as complex to master and administer. Although they may use the latest ADC device, many ADC deployments only use basic layer 4 load balancing. It can be challenging to find an ADC champion who can really take advantage of the most advanced capabilities of an application delivery solution and maximize its business benefits.
Today, organizations need to support all types of end users that access services and applications in the data center. This means longer and more complicated application deployments on the ADC.
To successfully deploy an application on the ADC, one needs a lot of specific knowledge about the application. For example, you need to know what health checks to do, what should be synched to the backup device, acceleration enhancements and more. The applications require a significant testing phase and there are many parameters on the ADC that need to be monitored in the day-to-day operations.
June 26th through June 29th the Red Hat community will be converging upon Boston for the Annual Red Hat Summit/ JBoss World. The event, held at the Hynes Convention Center, will be jam-packed with exhibitors and the top cloud and virtualization professionals in the technology industry, representing more than 80 Red Hat strategic partners. With over 1,800 attendees there will be plenty of opportunity for learning about and networking with the vendor and user communities.
In the first part of my blog series, I shed light on the key trends that impact the next-generation data center including consolidation, virtualization, connectivity, convergence and green IT. In this part, it’s time to discuss what are the best-of-breed solutions to address these trends in the most cost-effective way. I chose to start with data center consolidation and virtualization not only because I believe they’re the prominent ones – but also since they go hand in hand together. So here we go:
A couple of weeks ago I was asked to speak at the Cloud Computing Conference in Tel Aviv to present the Radware cloud ready Virtual Application Delivery Fabric. With some luck, I had a fortuitous meeting with the conference organizer prior to the event. I was able to discern the hot issue for the attendee base: security. The reason was clear as a prominent website suffered a highly publicized series of cyber attacks just prior to the convention.
Why fortuitous you ask? It gave me the chance to understand attendees’ interest in security, and in turn use the
opportunity to explain how ADC virtualization should be done differently in the cloud than in the private data center.
A couple of weeks ago, during part of my European business travel to visit our customers, I had the privilege of being invited to speak at a seminar focused on next-generation data center needs & trends at Interxion in Vienna, Austria. While the outside temperature was almost zero, the seminar was one of the best (read: fun) I’ve ever attended.
But first, who’s Interxion? Interxion is a leading pan-European provider of hosting and colocation services – which means that their end-customers own and manage their servers/network equipment while Interxion takes care of the data center space, electricity, cooling and connectivity. They have huge, impressive operation operating 28 data centers in 11 countries and serving 12,000 customers (carriers, enterprises, content providers, mobile service providers and more).