Articles : Cloud-native

5 MINUTES

Do I Need Kubernetes?

by Dave Blakey on DevOps • May 18, 2022

Kubernetes is a popular tool for container orchestration. But why are so many companies choosing to use Kubernetes, and what benefit does it offer software development and DevOps teams?

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Making Sense of Load Balancing

by Craig Risi on Load Balancing • July 22, 2021

We use a variety of tools and ADCs to balance the load of our software applications around the world. We have learned to rely on them immensely to ensure that our applications stay online and are able to scale and respond to changing needs. However, few people understand how load balancers work to ensure the availability of our critical applications and services.

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Using the Cloud to Enhance your Video Gaming Experience

by Craig Risi on Cloud • June 18, 2021

Promises of never-before-seen graphical fidelity were set to catapult the video game industry to new heights when the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 consoles were released last year. It’s interesting to think that, regardless of how remarkable graphics might seem today, especially considering the improved rendering technologies being developed by all the different video game engines, gaming graphics will always eventually be constrained by the hardware. Inevitably, the graphics of the video gaming consoles that we see today will become obsolete as newer technology becomes available.

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4 MINUTES

8 Steps to Becoming Cloud-Native

by Craig Risi on DevOps • March 25, 2021

The cloud was one of the biggest game-changers in the software development world. It has drastically changed the way that we develop software for a global audience. However, moving to the cloud is far more than just migrating your software systems. It requires a change in the way you think about software design and development, and before you can make this move, you need to understand what it means to design software with a cloud-native mindset.

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7 MINUTES

Why You Should Switch to a Cloud-Native Software ADC

by Bethany Hendricks on ADC • March 17, 2021

Hardware is comforting. When you own a hardware application delivery controller (ADC), you know that you control it—the box, the NIC, the power supply, the whole deal. This control has been the primary attraction for spending seven figures to plunk a giant ADC in front of your entire application infrastructure. That said, the world has changed—and then it changed again.

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4 MINUTES

Cloud Infrastructure Best Practices for Video Game Launches

by Bethany Hendricks on Tips and Tricks • February 1, 2021

How To Stay Online, Scale-Up, And Keep Latency Down Launching a video game may be among the most challenging operational tasks today. Demand can be hard to predict. Launches are binary events that defy load testing. Setting up the right cloud infrastructure takes foresight and planning, and while over-provisioning wastes money, under-provisioning is probably even worse. Expect upset customers screaming at you on Twitter, Discord, and Reddit when a game starts glitching under the massive weight of millions of users. Here’s a quickstart guide to best practices for planning your cloud infrastructure to support a successful game launch.

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Monitoring ADCs the Cloud Native Way With Prometheus and Grafana

by Bethany Hendricks on ADC • October 28, 2020

Cloud Native computing has fundamentally shifted the paradigm for how applications are built and run. Built around concepts of ephemeral compute and immutable infrastructure based on Containers, Cloud Native computing focuses on treating each bit of functionality as a small application to be delivered as a service. In that sense, Cloud Native is the polar opposite of so-called monolithic applications that cannot be decomposed into services easily and require massive infrastructure footprints.

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Do You Prioritize Features or Flexibility in a Load Balancer?

by Iwan Price-Evans on DevOps • April 30, 2020

The load balancer market is evolving from feature-heavy hardware appliances to lightweight software solutions and flexible cloud-native implementations. But if you’re evaluating load balancer options, how do you bridge the gap between old world systems and the new? Do you prioritize the product features you’ve come to rely on or the advantages of flexibility? What are the pros and cons?

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Load Balancing Cloud-Native Environments

by Iwan Price-Evans on Scalability • April 2, 2020

Six years is a very long time in tech. The Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market has changed dramatically since Snapt arrived on the scene six years ago. Back then, traditional hardware load balancers were the rule for managing web server deployments and Snapt was the only software-only ADC on the market. Now the market faces another major transition – the migration to cloud-native environments.

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