Automated Server Rotations Streamline Application Delivery

Overview

Offering your service application with better functionality- quickly and efficiently is the base of a great user experience. As user-experience is the fate-deciding factor for any business, the organizations must ensure a streamlined application delivery.

Simply stated, Application Delivery is the pool of all those services that in unison provide the functionality to the web-based applications. The services are executed from the data centers or a cloud environment where the required computing is offered at the application on the client’s device over the internet. Development, Deployment, Load Balancing, TCP optimization, Latency, Security features are some of the major elements of Application Delivery.

Server Rotation

Though an ADC automatically routes the application traffic across the best performing server available, many times the server issues create a problem in application performance. The most common one is servers flapping up and down. This problem emerges when the server reaches (or somewhat exceeds) the threshold of the health monitor’s maximum allowed response time.

Server flapping not only interrupts the application performance but also its remediation is a tedious process. Network team has to manually drill into the individual analytics page and has to cross-check it against response time of various servers and reconfigure accordingly.

The root cause of this problematic situation is the absence of an efficient server rotation mechanism.

Automated Server Rotations Streamline Application Delivery

Problems for the Organizations

In such a scenario, when the organizations are required to perform tasks like server rotation, they need to enable or disable the servers which were configured to be balanced for application traffic.

The conventional systems have hard-coded roles for the individuals in the application administration. This aggravates the problem as only a few tasks can be delegated to other exclusive users. The mechanism of controlling the access and defining the roles in a granular way is the pertinent challenge in this regard.

As the networking operations and engineering team have to perform the required tasks manually it takes a lot of time to process the requests. As requests are forwarded through the ticketing system, with time, a large number of request tickets pile up in the form of a queue.

The most effective solution

Remediation of server flapping, requiring lots of manual tasks, wastes a considerable time of the network engineers. But if the servers were efficiently rotated on time, then the situation might never have arisen.
So, the most optimized solution is automation of server rotations.

ADC Management and Automation Across Dynamic and Complex Infrastructure

With automation, a lot of time is saved which can be utilized for more productive tasks, and the faster execution of the requests will ensure a streamlined application delivery. The efficient task executions and the better user experience generated are of great benefit to the organizations, especially in the long term.

An efficient application delivery automation platform can be the best solution for an organization to effortlessly automate server rotations with a granular, role-based access control mechanism, providing application teams the ability to self-service.

What simply makes ADC+ the first choice of global organizations?

ADC+, the ultimate network automation, and orchestration platform simplifying the ADC lifecycle automation with its GUI-based solution for MANO (Manage, Automate, and Orchestrate), also has several leading edges in the automation of server rotation tasks.

By simply logging in to the ADC+ platform the application teams can easily enable or disable the related functions. It offers a role-based granular access control mechanism to the application teams to delegate the tasks accordingly. All the actions performed are recorded and the changes made are reported in detail.

As the server rotation operations are automated, the overall process takes much lesser time and there is no queuing up of service request tickets.

Other Competitive Edges

Self-Serviceable Operations:

With script free automation tasks the teams can enable or disable servers, through an API-driven GUI based pane. It is also capable of creating and modifying the VIPs and WIPs and migrating or upgrading the ADCs through a single-window GUI-based pane.

The zero-touch orchestration through in-built ITSM and IPAM solution allows the app teams to auto-provision ADC services and enable/disable objects.

App-centric visibility and remediation:

With real-time monitoring of the health-state and objects’ performance, ADC+ eliminates the chances of downtime. With the closed context-aware workflows the event-driven auto-remediation operations are auto-executed and the potential vulnerabilities are instantly notified.

Rich insights for informed decisions:

Collating data from different sources through REST APIs, ADC+ offers you low code, detailed, personalized reports to drive better-informed business decisions. Also with the information regarding CPU utilization, application traffic statistics, unused VIPs optimize the application performance by orchestrating the ADCs accordingly.

Centralized Management of operations

Through a single window control, organizations can automate any kind of ADC device, sourced through any vendor. With the real-time visibility of the health state, organizations will stay on top of their application delivery network.

Policy Driven Compliances:

By the scheduled and on-demand backups of data and configuration, ADC+ helps prevent data loss during system failures or forced shutdowns, and restore them as per the need. It also rectifies the configuration drifts by comparing any two configurations with different checkers and automatically rolls back to the last-known-good-configuration. Self-service Portals with Configurable Branding and role-based Pages/Views offers the best peace of mind for the sense of data security.

Benefits to the businesses

With the automation platform ADC+, the organizations can eliminate the delays in server rotation for seamless application delivery. This not only saves the time and efforts of network engineering teams but also enhances the competitiveness of businesses with a great user experience.

Such automation with ADC+ also empowers the networking team to execute the upgrades and make changes on the servers without waiting for their tickets to be worked on and executed.

Devanshu Dawn

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