Many global enterprises are preparing for the next system roll-out, modernizing their current delivery models to stay ahead of the curves in the business world. The COVID-19 epidemic has expedited the shift to a cloud-first architecture, causing long-term transition plans to become virtually instantaneous deployments and, for some, a full rethink going ahead.
It’s no more question of whether you are in the cloud or not but the number of clouds you are in. Most firms have realized that there is no such thing as a “one-size-fits-all” cloud solution and have migrated to a hybrid or multi-cloud approach.
Over 90% of firms polled by researcher IDC foresee a more aggressive cloud strategy in 2022, relying on a combination of private clouds, various public clouds, and legacy systems. The rationale is to improve company continuity in the aftermath of the epidemic by increasing operational resilience and financial liquidity.
Meanwhile, as per the Flexera 2021 State of the Cloud Report, corporations are adopting a multi-cloud strategy in large numbers, with an estimated 92 percent of businesses doing so. According to the study, businesses now employ around 2.6 open and 2.7 private clouds in their infrastructure, indicating that multi and hybrid configurations are becoming more widespread.
The Application Delivery Controller (ADC) catalyzes innovation, empowering firms to observe, manage and systematize application delivery services remotely. The ADC is used to optimize application performance and strengthen the overall security system. Other features of the ADC include SSL offload, RAM caching, server health checks, and application access management. While a load balancer works to distribute inbound application traffic across various servers, the ADC is an advanced version that offers its services across the OSI layer 4-7.
AppviewX ADC+ automation solution allows easy provisioning and maintenance of application delivery services over different data centers via integration with ITSM and other third-party systems. It accelerates application delivery modernization efforts by offering the most advanced ‘ADC lifecycle management platform’ that empowers organizations to remotely monitor, manage, automate & self-service 95% of all F5 and Nginx changes, including LTM, GTM, and WAF with DDI, SSL, and ITSM from Day 0, 1 thru N.
The ADC lifecycle management offers detailed insights into application infrastructure, enabling network teams and applications to troubleshoot faster. It allows work teams to plan their back-ups and produce them on-demand. Teams can create workflows that automate the overall version upgrade process.
Managing a critical application delivery system comes with challenges. It becomes harder when additional devices are added or upgraded in a dynamic manner across both traditional and non-traditional ADCs. This suggests the need for an all-in-one tool that aims to bridge the gap between business applications and multiple ADC services.
In order to take the risk out of the process of deploying, maintaining, and upgrading application services across heterogeneous environments, there is a need for a simplified solution that can automate complex tasks and handle multi-vendor ADC/Load Balancer at scale. ADC+ enables application teams to upgrade and reuse current configurations to respond to redundant requests, minimize the margin or mistakes and save time. Adopting this technology can dramatically optimize application delivery cycles.
It’s now easier for enterprises to centralize their management of thousands of F5/Nginx devices in multiple locations. Self-service interfaces also make it possible for various lines of business to update application services for their users dynamically.
Figure 1: Self-service application delivery changes
Sharing a common mission with F5 to deliver the most reliable application delivery infrastructure to organizations, the AppViewX ADC+ platform fully integrates with BIG-IP®, VIPRION, and the cloud-ready BIG-IP iSeries hardware as well as the Virtual Editions (VE), including Nginx and works best across various hybrid/multi-clouds like (AWS, Azure, GCP).
With an API-first, GUI-based approach, ADC+ provides workflows that can help you accelerate your Log4J mitigation. The ADC+ suite includes seamless orchestration and 260+ out-of-the-box workflows for performing: iRule automation, self-servicing of VIP/LTM/GTM, F5 device upgrade, Golden config compliance, Canary/Blue-Green deployment, and many more tasks. The result? Faster time to market and higher levels of availability for your application services [read more]
With a single system, you can quickly deploy, maintain, and upgrade your application services across heterogeneous environments. Enter AppViewX ADC+ and enjoy the power of Automation, Orchestration & Self-Serviceability.
Figure 2: Single window topology-view for app teams self-servicing (LBaaS)
Better visibility = Better security = Better control.
Gaining full visibility & control over your application delivery across hybrid/multi-cloud infrastructure is no longer an option but a critical requirement. Let’s look at some of the challenges Network engineers or app teams can overcome with a load balancer or ADC lifecycle management platform.
|App-Centric Visibility||Complex application delivery architecture across hybrid/multi-cloud network environments slows down remediation for application-level threats that can penetrate and proliferate in the network.
|Simplified, bird’s eye view of your Application topology with real-time state & status of Application services.||Avoid downtimes with real-time app-centric monitoring and visibility into the state, health, and performance of application services.|
|Centralized Management & Control||Lack of unified and centralized console for – management, self-service, automation, governance, and visibility – across diverse operating environments with hundreds of ADCs.||Centrally manage all your ADC devices with a GUI-based RBAC-enabled dashboard that will also automatically alert you of any problems and offer in-depth, detailed reports.||Quickly deploy multi-device policy updates, repeat best practices, tighten up security by knowing what L4–L7 entails and optimize systems to avoid any threats before they affect your applications.|
|Config. Compliance||The need to manage and enforce different network & security policies across diverse operating environments makes management of F5 services at scale and compliance mandates extremely challenging.||Golden Config workflows with compliance alerts to help accelerate the automation of your application services & policy enforcement across hybrid/multi-cloud architectures.||95% reduction of manual work ensures faster & adaptive compliance across your applications portfolio.|
|Engineered Workflows||Slow & time-consuming process of resolving millions of ADC configuration change requests by multiple teams.||ADC+ has an embedded service catalog to enable automated workflows for repetitive tasks with self-service.||Zero-touch provisioning leads to an elimination of human-induced errors. Reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and improving Time to Value (TTV).|
|Orchestration||Multi-vendor ecosystem across application delivery value chain exponentially raises concerns around compatibility, security & compliance.
||ADC+ follows an API-first orchestration approach to talk to a multitude of application delivery ecosystem providers. It is a true orchestrator of orchestrators.||Error-free, faster, secure & easier onboarding of application ecosystem providers. Ecosystem integration with Source Control Management (SCM), SDK, DevOps, Terraform, Ansible, OpenShift, ITSM, ChatOps & more. A true hybrid orchestration of application and security services.|
|Rapid Upgrade & Migration||Costly & time-consuming upgrade or migration process across the hybrid environment.||Workflows to upgrade and migrate ADCs with a single console for Canary/Blue-Green Deployment across multi-cloud/hybrid infrastructure.||Automate & modernize network infrastructure at 100X speed for greenfield projects with error-free deployments across L4-L7 layer|
|Self-Serviceability||Keeping up with the speed of DevOps requesting millions of change requests is exhausting, error-prone, and costly for the business||Self-Service forms for network teams & app teams automatically resolve repeatable requests.||Automate L4-L7 application delivery & security services including LB/GSLB, DDI, DNS, WAF, SSL/TLS. Accelerate rapid & repeatable application delivery and reduce TTD (Total Time to Delivery with Integrated change automation with ServiceNow, BMC Remedy, Jira & more.|
|Total Cost of Ownership||Maintenance and management of application delivery controllers require a huge investment in human resources adding to the TCO||Automated ADC lifecycle management solution that manages multiple devices and manages a multitude of tasks with automated workflows reducing both time & effort||Huge reduction in TCO positively reducing the time & effort required to run tasks like F5 device. updates & upgrades, migration, F5 CVE mitigation, etc|
Now you have got the idea, and here is the list of the top 19 problems that you can solve while managing ADC/ load balancers as a full-time Network Engineer.