Advanced ADC Management


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AppViewX’s Application Delivery Automation solution v10.5, the latest and most exciting release of the product, is now offered as general availability. The release has really cool features. With this release, the product has cemented itself as a must-have solution to manage ADCs.

Version 10.5 has incorporated some new features: control center, object-level config restore, config comparison, config report, template-based request management, and more. Now, the latest OSes, patches, and hotfixes can be pushed into multiple boxes with a single click. A template-based request system in AppViewX creates custom templates that are built on the top of the device configurations. Any user can raise a request based on the requirements by providing minimal information. This helps in making a request for multiple devices in a single template and keep tracks of individual requests using independent workflows.

One of the most critical components of an ADC is a configuration file that defines the services. AppViewX allows users to define a backup schedule for the devices (a complete UCS backup). Users can restore a single VIP or object configuration, or restore a complete UCS. Version 10.5 allows users to perform object-level restore that enables users to restore individual object configurations instead of the complete file.

The most exciting feature of the release is the control center, a single window to control all services. The control center allows users to search for device objects in the environment. Indexing-based search allows the search to be based on any configuration parameter. Users can search for an IP, objects with SNAT enabled, and so on. The power of the control center is centralization: the ability to perform actions on services, view historical stats and alerts, and even perform a config restore. The control center also has an orphaned object report with a delete option to perform cleanup of the unused orphaned pools.

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The best part is that all this can be controlled through very granular role-based access control (RBAC). Organizations can very clearly define who can perform what, as well as where they can perform it. Configuration migration allows users to migrate configuration across environments. It is a simple Excel spreadsheet-based approach that allows a configuration to migrate from a lower-level environment (non-prod) to a higher-level environment (prod).

A few more widgets have been added to the dashboard. The script execution widget allows users to write custom scripts that can be remotely run on their F5 devices. There is a class management widget to manage iRules and data groups, and a traffic grid widget to configure load balancing ratios across data centers. Together with an application view (to monitor the health of services) and traffic live stats, this enables users to create comprehensive dashboards to monitor and manage application services.

As ADCs have become a mission-critical component of the network, management to ensure consistency and security of the delivery infrastructure has also become mission-critical. Audit tracking of change management and proactive alerting will ensure application availability and 100 percent uptime of mission critical-applications.

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