If you are like most people and myself, you do not go into a bank and have a conversation with a teller when you make a deposit or withdrawal. You probably do not write paper checks and sign them. You have an app on your phone to access your bank account and use one of the thousands of automated teller machines (ATM), around the world to move money in and out of your accounts.
The world is changing; it always has but the world is changing faster now than it ever has before. This general change is translating into even bigger changes in the cyber world. Some of the key areas that are evolving aren’t new, like availability or security. Others like automation are maturing quickly, and then there is the ever-present need for “easy.” Easy is a nebulous term, but in this case it refers to ease of procurement, ease of set up, flexibility in platform and ease of ongoing management.
This accelerated change is being driven by different market and business drivers. Some of the key market drivers are compliance, time to market, cyber loss risk, and increased competition around the user experience. This change is acutely felt in the ADC space.
Don’t you hate it when you have a problem, but have no idea what is causing it? The water in my house stopped running recently. I have a well with a pump and a fairly complex system of pipes going through a water filtration and softening system. I had no idea why the water was not flowing, but it was obviously a major issue.
I checked the pipes and they all seemed ok. I cleaned the filter, and verified that the water filtration system was in good order. While I cannot physically inspect the pump because it is dozens of feet down a 4-inch well shaft, I did power-cycle it to ensure that it seemed to be working properly. Ultimately, I had to call a plumber/well specialist who, after inspecting the entire system, determined that my water pressure tank and switch needed to be replaced.
The growth of cloud-based services is challenging customers to second-guess their brick and mortar investments. From price and performance to state of the art technology, enterprises are ready to return the complex task of managing advanced services to cloud providers. This shift not only complements the mobile aspect of employee, consumer and partner interaction in today’s marketplace, but also allows enterprises to focus more on their core business, enabling further growth.
Load balancers, also known as Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), are often being deployed with today’s enterprise and web applications. What should you look for in an ADC? What factors must you consider? What benefits should you make sure an ADC has to offer? In this post, I break down the top six pitfalls to avoid when selecting a load balancer to help guide your ADC purchasing process.
While network performance challenges are often addressed by adding additional bandwidth, there are ways to yield more “good-put” (good net payload throughput) out of the same network infrastructure. In this blog post, I’ll discuss five improvements related to how a good application delivery solution can help.