Just as cloud computing means different things to different people, so does the term Service Provider (SP). For the purpose of this blog, I include Cloud Service Providers (CSP), Hosting providers (colocation and managed) as well as Telcos in the SP category.
In this post, I’m going to tell the story of how we came to recognize the incredible value of auto-preloading, and how this single technique doesn’t just make individual pages faster — it accelerates a user’s entire flow through a site and ultimately delivers the best possible user experience.
Whether you are building a private cloud or deploying applications over a public cloud infrastructure, you will be using application delivery functionality such as load balancing to scale out application workloads. The level of required application delivery functionality differs between environments. While cutting edge web applications are often designed using REST oriented architectures which require the load balancer only to distribute traffic evenly, typical applications heavily rely on application delivery functionality such as SSL offloading, L7 policies, and session stickiness to properly operate. Furthermore, due to the strategic placement of ADCs in the application stack – in front of the application – security and performance optimization are natural extensions to effectively optimize application delivery.
On April 11, IBM announced the availability of IBM PureSystems, a new family of integrated systems with built-in expertise to address complex business and operational tasks automatically with integration to tune systems for optimal performance and efficiency. I’m pleased to announce that Radware is playing a key a role in IBM’s new family of offerings as Radware’s Alteon VA™, an industry-leading application delivery controller (ADC) packaged as a virtual appliance, is optimized to run over IBM’s next generation platform called IBM PureFlex System.
If you’re part of the IT/network infrastructure industry or, even better, if you own an application or a line of business (LOB), you surely know that the data center has some well known requirements including application availability, performance and security. These can be addressed using an Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) or, simply put, a load balancer. While Radware is not the only ADC vendor out there, it does provide one of the finest ADCs and definitely the most future-proof ADC on the market: The Alteon 5224.