Today businesses are undergoing a digital evolution, as the need for peak application performance is more than ever. With changes in data transfer patterns and the dominance of multimedia content, there is an additional load on the IT infrastructure. Amidst the transfer of voluminous data files, ensuring application reliability, scalability, performance, and management are also challenging tasks.
It would not be an exaggeration to say that businesses are now getting application-driven; and in the application-driven world, a sequence of wrong steps will get triggered if a single application goes wrong. Application outages not only cost millions to the companies but also put their reputation at a compromising state.
For better operational efficiency and gaining a competitive advantage, there are advanced networking technologies for centralized management and automation of Application Delivery Infrastructure.
Challenges with traditional management approach
To improve application availability, security, and performance- application delivery controllers are being used by the businesses for long. As the business scales up, the networking operation teams face serious challenges in delivering efficient ADC management services. The situation aggravates when there are thousands of the service requests pile-up on a weekly basis and the management cost is supposed to be kept under control.
Businesses across all industrial verticals, particularly those in media, communication, finance- are getting more and more relied upon ADC services. Online business transactions have made ADCs a critical component of IT infrastructure, as it helps in eliminating the downtime.
Though conventional manual methods of managing ADC service is the root cause of outages and application downtimes, other contributors resulting in piling up of unfiled service requests are:
Complexity of ADC management: The immense intricacy of ADC infrastructure can lead to several mistakes, especially when there are several ADCs to be managed at once.
Changes in ADCs: Small changes in ADC configuration can have a dramatic effect over the network services. In absence of an app-centric visibility before making any change, one cannot conclude which application may go down.
Network Processes: Simply enabling/disabling an object requires multiple service request tickets to be raised, and the traditional manual approach is not only labor-intensive and repetitive but time-consuming as well. With the lack of self-servicing capabilities and access controls, network engineers are ladened with tickets for repetitive tasks and systems are exposed to security risks.
Time-crunch: Undoubtedly, the scarcest resource in IT is the time and NetOps teams have to struggle in the optimization of on time delivery and quality of the services.
What do these challenges cost to the organizations?
With the passage of time, the sphere of services unquestionably expands and to be at par with the client expectation and networking requirements, organizations need to add more ADCs to the existing troop.
To efficiently manage the growing number of ADC devices in the network infrastructure there is a need to hire more network technicians. This results in a high cost of ownership.
The conventional method of manual management lacks a centralized monitoring and role-based access control. This also results in a compromise over application security. As the certificates and work requests are shared in the form of spreadsheets and general emails, the security level considerably weakens.
Manual operations also result in significantly high time to market that negatively impacts business.
Automation: The sure shot solution
The best way to improve operational efficiency while keeping the total cost of ownership under control is end-to-end management, automation and orchestration of ADC devices.
The platform must be capable of centrally managing multiple ADCs across data centers through single, GUI -based single pane of glass with self-serviceable capabilities. Then only the benefits can be reaped to the fullest.
These features, along with many other leading edges can only be availed with AppViewX ADC+, a ADC lifecycle automation platform.
ADC Management and Automation Across Dynamic and Complex Infrastructure
ADC+ offerings for the organizations
In addition to the end-to-end management of ADC devices, ADC+ offers a centralized bird-eye view into the ADC infrastructure and the efficient orchestration across various data centers. All this through a GUI-based single pane of glass! This helps the NetOps teams gain real-time visibility into the application and ADC performances along with the previous data, simultaneously, for performance optimization.
ADC+ allows the organizations to plan and automate devices along with the object-level backups of the ADC devices for better operational efficiency. To bring the application up/down, the external teams can use APIs for bi-weekly maintenance, significantly saving time and rolling out maintenance patches.
Another leading edge of ADC+ is offering the app-centric visibility into the underlying application-infrastructure. This helps in quick identification of issues and a prompt resolution of related incidents.
What simply makes ADC+ the best is the script-free self-serviceability of the automation platform through RBAC-powered centralized dashboard. This reduces the reliance and the load on NetOps teams for enabling/disabling simple objects (repetitive tasks). RBAC dashboard also brings down the incidents of unauthorized access, which greatly increases the level of security.
Benefits to the businesses
While scaling up the business, load on application increases and to be at par with the client expectation, ADC devices need to be added. The self-serviceable centralized automation and management greatly reduces the number of networking technicians required for the device management.
As there is not much need to expand the NetOps team, the total cost of ownership greatly reduces for the organizations. Businesses get greater flexibility to easily scale up the operations.
Because of the app-centric real time visibility into the overarching networking infrastructure, the mean time to resolution of the incidents also reduces, as ADC+ also offers the closed-loop context-aware remediation.
As the efficient automation considerably saves time and efforts, the related teams can focus better on the core business operations, and time to market significantly reduces. This brings a competitive advantage to the organization.
Small inadvertent errors in the ADC management process can cause severe problems like downtime, delayed deliveries, and extra overheads for the organization. Such a situation coupled with the complexity of widespread distribution of ADC workload across multiple teams makes it clear that ADC management is an issue requiring sincere attention.
But the good news is such sophisticated and mission critical tasks can be automated for better efficiency with ADC+. This not only enhances the efficiency and security level but also considerably reduces the TCO for the organization. Remediation gets easy and TTM is also reduced. Means a perfect win-win!