Today’s applications require a new type of application delivery platform – one that’s easily scalable, offers DevOps-friendly tools, can be quickly deployed in any infrastructure environment, and reduces costs.
If you were going to build the perfect application delivery controller (ADC) for the advanced networks of today, how would you go about it?
Since most of the principal players focus on enterprise-class businesses and are hardware-based, they are generally very expensive. Large players are often not flexible, fast or nimble. A key criterion in the fast-paced digital world. Which brings us to DevOps: a way to speed up the pace.
Today’s load balancing services must be able to scale operationally as well as during delivery. That means native integration and support for the frameworks and tools used by developers and operations to programmatically provision, manage, and scale all the components that comprise a modern application.
The purpose of DevOps is to create synergy between application developers and IT operations. The benefits of buying into the DevOps culture are many and varied and, while relatively new, it is rapidly taking hold in organizations of all sizes.
The flexibility and nimbleness of DevOps application delivery allows IT departments to complete upgrades and improvements of its applications on an ongoing basis instead of just doing major releases. In this way, operational problems and functionality gaps can be corrected quickly and with greatly reduced lead times.
There is no doubt that companies today need and want an ADC that is designed for the DevOps environment.
If you were going to design the perfect ADC for today’s network, there are a few vital things you would want to accomplish:
- The essentials – load balancing, web performance acceleration and an application firewall: If your website or service is going to operate at optimal speed, efficiency and safety, these are three must-have ADC components.
- Software-only: Why rely on expensive and clunky hardware when you can have superior performance with a software-based solution? In addition, like changes to your website, you would want to be able to make upgrades and improvements to your ADC as your needs change and technology advances. A software solution is the best way to accomplish that.
- ADC for DevOps: The ADC you design and build would be as nimble and flexible as your DevOps team, and you would want to provide them with the optimal environment in which to do what they do best – develop and deploy.
Snapt’s ADC has all the products your DevOps effort requires, including:
- Layer 7 load balancing for HTTP and TCP/IP
- A powerful web performance accelerator
- Global server load balancing (GSLB)
- A Layer 7 web application firewall for the Snapt accelerator
- A full UI and reporting engine.
With Snapt as your ADC for DevOps, your business will be able to capitalize on all the benefits DevOps makes possible, including:
- Deployments: You will be able to dramatically reduce deployment times and increase application reliability.
- Break/Fix: Fixes will take less time.
- Recovery: In the event of an application or new release crash, your DevOps team will be able to mitigate the problem and restore the application more quickly.
Unlike the older, hardware-based ADCs in the marketplace, Snapt is a software-only ADC. The cost is lower and deployment is rapid with minimal training required. There is really no question about it. If you were going to develop your own ADC, you would develop an ADC just like Snapt’s.