In today’s fast-paced digital world, application delivery is more critical than ever. As organizations increasingly rely on applications to provide essential services to customers and employees, it’s important to ensure that these applications are reliable, available, scalable, and efficient. This is where load balancer automation comes in to help, offering a way to streamline and optimize application delivery.
|WHY is this critical?
Users expect applications to be available 24/7, and downtime can have serious consequences, including lost revenue, decreased productivity, and damage to an organization’s reputation.
As organizations grow and user demands increase, it’s important that application delivery systems are able to scale to accommodate the increased demand.
Managing a load-balancing infrastructure can be time-consuming and resource-intensive, especially as the number of applications and users grows.
|HOW can Load Balancer Automation help achieve it?
Real-time monitoring and failover capabilities help ensure that applications remain available, even in the face of hardware failures, network disruptions or increased traffic demands.
Supporting a wide range of hardware and cloud platforms and offering automated deployment and management capabilities can help organizations quickly and easily expand their infrastructure as needed.
Automation of manual tasks involved in managing a load-balancing infrastructure that can help reduce the amount of time and resources required to keep applications running smoothly.
AppViewX ADC+ is a load balancer automation solution that helps organizations achieve these goals. It provides a wide range of features that make it easy to deploy and manage load-balancing infrastructure, ensuring that applications are always available and running at peak performance, even as unforeseen issues arise.
Big Problems. Simple Solutions.
a) Automate Load Balancer Upgrades
Upgrading F5 BIG-IP devices can be a complex and time-consuming process, especially for organizations with a large number of devices to upgrade. However, AppViewX ADC+ provides an intuitive user interface that makes it easy to upgrade multiple load balancers at once and provides detailed progress tracking and reporting so that you can keep track of the status of each upgrade. Let’s see how:
|Automated Upgrade Process
|Complete automated process that reduces the time and resources required to upgrade F5 BIG-IP devices
|Upgrade F5 BIG-IP devices without any manual intervention
|Revert to a previous software version if an upgrade fails or if a new software version is not compatible with the environment
|Enforce policies and best practices for device upgrades
|Automate compatibility checks before upgrading F5 BIG-IP devices, ensuring the new software version is compatible with the device’s current configuration
b) Simplify Load Balancer Management with Application Traffic Monitoring
Application traffic monitoring is a critical aspect of load balancer management, as it helps organizations to ensure that their applications are always available, performing optimally and delivering the desired user experience. However, manual traffic monitoring can be time-consuming and error-prone and often results in an incomplete view of application traffic patterns. The lack of a consolidated view of your load balancers can be disastrous when it comes to resolving application availability and performance issues.
AppViewX ADC+ simplifies load balancer management with a single, intuitive dashboard that allows you to monitor the health and performance of all your load balancers.
c) Streamline Load Balancer Troubleshooting, and Diagnostics
Traditional load balancer management solutions often require manual intervention and collaboration between multiple teams, leading to extended downtime and slow resolution of issues. The lack of visibility into the infrastructure and the difficulty of accessing log files and configurations make troubleshooting even more challenging.
The app-centric workflow dashboard of AppViewX ADC+ allows you to self-service, monitor, and troubleshoot application issues in a single control pane. If the issue is related to the configuration of the load balancer, AppViewX ADC+ provides one-touch action for provisioning and self-servicing capabilities that allows organizations to quickly and easily perform common tasks such as configuring load balancers, deploying SSL/TLS certificates, and more.
d) Optimize Load Balancers by Automating the Decommissioning of Virtual Servers
Have you ever had too many ingredients in your kitchen and no idea what to do with them all? The same goes for when you have unused configurations taking up space on your load balancers. Maintaining these unwanted objects not only takes up space and leads to errors but also leaves many IP ports open and unused.
With AppViewX prepackaged or customized workflow solutions, you can automate the decommissioning of the virtual IPs identified either individually or in bulk. The unused or free IPs are then moved to IPAM systems.
AppViewX generates the list of unused objects and then disables and decommissions them automatically based on approvals resulting in
- More efficient allocation of IP resources. Unused IPs can be used elsewhere
- Reduced service costs
- Elimination of unnecessary management and monitoring overhead
e) Validate system-wide configurations using the Golden Config Compliance workflow
Organizations today rely on the constant availability of their applications and networks for business success. In heterogeneous networks, network leaders face numerous challenges in managing configurations, implementing changes, and ensuring compliance while minimizing downtime caused by human errors.
AppViewX offers a “Golden Configuration Compliance on F5 BIG-IP” workflow to check compliance across all managed F5 BIG-IP devices. This workflow validates system-wide configurations on F5 devices to maintain the security and integrity of an enterprise-level infrastructure. After running the workflow, a compliance report is generated and sent to NetOps. This report highlights any parameters that do not match the golden configuration values, allowing for quick action to ensure compliance and avoid future issues.
The Golden Configuration workflow helps automate application services and policy enforcement across hybrid/multi-cloud environments, saving time and effort. It leads to a 95% reduction in manual work, providing faster and more adaptive compliance across your application portfolio.
By using AppViewX ADC+ to automate your load-balancing operations, you can continually improve and ensure application availability, reliability, scalability, and efficiency. This can help you reduce downtime, improve user experience, and drive business growth.
I hope this gives you a good idea of how AppViewX ADC+ can help you optimize application traffic management with load balancer automation. To learn more about AppViewX ADC+, download the datasheet and try it for free. Or contact us to get started with a free trial.