Software-defined architectures have transformed enterprises to become more application-centric. With application owners seeking public-cloud-like simplicity and flexibility in their own data centers, IT teams are under pressure to reduce wait times to provision applications.
Legacy load balancing solutions force network architects and administrators to purchase new hardware, manually configure virtual services, and inefficiently overprovision these appliances. Simultaneously, new infrastructure choices are also enabling applications to be re-architected into autonomous microservices
from monolithic or n-tier constructs. These transformations are forcing organizations to rethink load balancing strategies and application delivery controllers (ADCs) in their infrastructure.
This buyer’s guide for load balancers is based on research, best practices, and conversations with network administrators and IT operations teams at over 110 Global 2000 enterprises. It presents guidelines for choosing application services that mirror the needs of modern data centers and public cloud initiatives.
The guide is organized in sections, starting with a pre-assessment of your current application delivery capabilities. With data gathered from your pre-assessment, you can review the considerations involved in creating a software-defined application services strategy; identify opportunities to improve automation of application services and operations. Finally, use the software-defined application services checklist at the end of the guide to identify key priorities in your choice of application service solutions for your enterprise.
"ZK Research conducted a recent study of the Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market and finds that the landscape for load balancers and ADCs is rapidly changing in the face of these market forces.
Join Principal Analyst Zeus Kerravala for an informative session to learn:
- Common application delivery challenges
- On-premises vs. cloud considerations for ADCs
- Trends in delivering cloud-native applications
- Trends in troubleshooting
- Future solutions being considered
- What are the features most in demand that network engineers aren't getting
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Flexible infrastructure choices and application architectures are changing the way that modern enterprises run their computing.
Enterprises have become application-centric, investing significant effort and resources on continuous delivery goals and DevOps
practices to achieve automation of routine IT and operations tasks. With application owners seeking public-cloud-like simplicity
and agility in their own data centers, IT teams are under pressure to reduce wait times to provision applications and updates.
Software-defined architectures have transformed enterprises to become more application-centric. With application owners
seeking public-cloud-like simplicity and flexibility in their own data centers, IT teams are under pressure to reduce wait times to
Legacy load balancing solutions force network architects and administrators to purchase new hardware, manually configure
virtual services, and inefficiently overprovision these appliances. Simultaneously, new infrastructure choices are also enabling IT
teams to re-architect applications into autonomous microservices from monolithic or n-tier constructs. These transformations
are forcing organizations to rethink load balancing strategies and application delivery controllers (ADCs) in their infrastructure.
Published By: Brocade
Published Date: Nov 25, 2015
The New IP is enabling open, agile networks that unlock new possibilities for your organization. And you can make it happen on your own terms. This white paper explains how the Brocade Virtualized Application Delivery Controller provides a strategic way to reduce TCO.
Cloud is a rapidly emerging necessity in IT. Relied upon the world's largest enterprise data centers and cloud networks, NetScaler is universally recognized as an outstanding application delivery controller. Learn how NetScaler beats the competition.
The world of IT is undergoing a digital transformation. Applications are growing fast, and so are the users consuming them. These applications are everywhere—in the datacenter, on virtual and/or microservices platforms, in the cloud, and as SaaS. More and more apps are now being moved out of datacenters to a cloud-based infrastructure.
In order for an optimized and secure delivery of these applications, IT needs specific network appliances called Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs). These ADCs come in hardware, virtual, and containerized form factors, and are sized by Network Administrators based on the current and future usage of applications. The challenge with this is that it’s hard to foresee sizing or scalability requirements for these ADCs since users are constantly increasing, and applications are consistently evolving, as well as moving out of datacenters.
Complicating matters, most ADCs are fixed-capacity network appliances that provide zero or minimum expansion capability
The ADC market continues to evolve, with various new cloud-integrated and software-centric use cases having arisen. This report provides infrastructure and operations leaders with a snapshot of the market's transition and profiles vendors representative of emerging and very different approaches.
Modern app delivery for an adaptive, optimized network
To succeed in today’s cloud-first world, you need to manage and deploy modern applications in parallel with legacy applications. But traditional application delivery controller (ADC) solutions can’t bridge the gap between these two environments. See and hear how you can streamline the delivery of apps, desktops and data into a unified, fully integrated digital workspace experience. Download this brief to find out how you can:
• Get one platform for traditional and modern application delivery
• Support hybrid and multi-cloud environments
• Convert and migrate legacy apps to microservices application architectures
Today, defending your organization’s web properties means more than just protecting a handful of enterprise web applications from advanced malware. Learn more on the complexity and challenges of defending against today’s modern threats and discover how Citrix NetScaler application delivery controller (ADC) is an ideal defense solution.
Measurable performance is a key factor when selecting an Application Delivery Controller(ADC) solution for modern data centers. In this report, Tolly evaluates the performance of several Citrix NetScaler ADC models vs. that of comparable products. Learn how NetScaler fared and provided up to 480% the performance of F5.
ADCs are advanced load balancers with functions and features that enhance the performance of applications. Today, companies of all sizes with geographical dispersal of people and different data constructs require ADCs to optimize their complex application environments from web applications, to Exchange, SharePoint and databases. It is interesting that before the term ADC was used more recently (in the last decade), companies relied on load balancers for website availability and scalability. In this paper we will describe the fundamentals of a load balancing system and its evolution to an ADC.
Today’s enterprises face new requirements for their datacenter
and cloud architectures, from keeping pace cost-effectively with
fast-growing traffic to ensuring optimal application
performance no matter how quickly business needs or the
enterprise environment evolve. At the same time, IT must reduce
costs and datacenter sprawl, ensure security and uptime, and
prepare for a new generation of cloud computing initiatives.
While many Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solutions
promise to meet demanding customer needs, the reality often
falls short. Taking a closer look at the available options and how
they measure up against the criteria that matter most, it
becomes clear that NetScaler beats the competition—providing
better performance and scalability than F5 Networks, Inc.
Citrix is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers for the eighth consecutive year: the Gartner Magic Quadrant Report focuses on vendor's ability to solve complex application deployment challenges. Don't miss this chance to learn from Gartner's independent research. — Read the report today! Compliments of Citrix.