By now, we should all know that a load balancer is an integral part of the new cloud application stack. But while cloud vendors have been charging extra merely for offering more virtual servers, there are several key differences between a shared, cloud load balancer instance – offered by virtually all cloud providers (i.e. Amazon ELB, Rackspace CLB) and a cloud hosted, enterprise-grade application delivery controller (ADC). It’s time to set the record straight.
Written by: Meryl Robin, Director of Virtual Solutions, Radware Inc and Yaron Azerual, Product Marketing Manager, Radware Inc.
The challenges of application slowdown: Identify where the slowdown occurs and why. Give your users unmatched QoE and routinely meet the highest level of SLA
We should discuss what the main goal for deploying an ADC is: 95% of the time, it is to enforce increasingly more stringent application SLA’s. To achieve this, we have to consider improving application availability, whether you’re solving local server failure with local server load balancing or fixing global downtime through GSLB with a DR site. It’s also important to improve performance by offloading some of the CPU intensive tasks from the server to the ADC, like SSL, compression, or even smart caching (dynamic caching for even faster response time of the application).
Big news from Radware at VMworld.
Today, Radware announced that its Alteon VA™ virtual appliance (one of many Radware application delivery solutions) has been integrated with VMware’s vFabric™ Application Director, a hybrid cloud provisioning solution. The joint solution is designed to simplify the creation of application deployment topologies across hybrid cloud services through the use of application deployment blueprints. Radware customers will be able to deploy their Radware Alteon VA in any VMware vCloud-powered private, public and hybrid clouds.
But wait, there’s more . . .
It is that time of year again! VMworld 2012 is upon us, and there is a jam-packed week planned in San Francisco, August 26 through 30 at the Moscone Center. The main topics of discussion will center on how the new cloud computing landscape requires greater innovation, performance and confidence to push system and software delivery to the next level. Learn how to master this at VMworld, where you will gain the tools and training necessary to succeed.
A couple of weeks ago, I participated in the annual Velocity Conference, which took place in Santa Clara, California. For those who are not familiar with it, Velocity is the number one industry event focusing on web development, operations and optimization. It was a great opportunity for the Radware team to chat directly with technical-level, hands-on IT professionals and decision makers, plus see the latest and greatest solutions in the field of Web acceleration, application performance monitoring, business intelligence and more.
In the two former parts of my blog series, I shed light on the key trends impacting the next-generation data center, including consolidation and virtualization. In this post, I’d like to complete the full picture and talk about the rest of the trends – connectivity, convergence and green IT. 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.
I just got back from IBM Impact 2012 held in Las Vegas and would like to share my impressions of the show. The conference delivered an exciting campaign about innovation, transformation and growth.
The highlight for IBM customers with whom I spoke came during the moment when the IBM PureSystems Platform – an expert integrated system – was unveiled. IBM demonstrated a total application setup in under four hours, starting from uncrating the unit. This defines a huge reduction in application deployment time, cost and expertise. Clearly this solution leveraging application patterns is innovative and posed to change application rollouts in our market.
A couple of weeks ago, I published an article in which we discussed how we can shorten the time it takes to roll out a new application.
We outlined the following steps of an application rollout:
- Purchase servers and allocate storage
- Purchase Application Delivery Controller (ADC)
Last week I had a business trip to China, visiting our customers and new prospects. Our business in China is growing fast and one of the drivers for this growth is cloud initiatives. It seems to me that in China everyone is talking about the cloud, busy building data centers for the cloud or planning how to move their business to the cloud. I have no doubt that with government investment of US $154 Billion (as announced recently), China is on its way to become one of the world’s cloud hubs.