When it comes to applications, enterprises are hoping to get the best of both worlds. They’re striving to build a modern application delivery system while also leveraging the traditional architecture that they’ve used for years to deploy their legacy apps. But as many have realized, the onset of distributed workloads and newer microservices application infrastructures have added additional layers of network complexity, hindering ongoing digital transformation and global expansion efforts.
The goal is simple: Organizations want an adaptive, reliable network infrastructure that can help them win in a cloud-first world. And let’s be clear, it’s an achievable goal. But before it can be reached, a key component of your infrastructure—your application delivery controllers or ADCs—must be assessed to determine if they can “carry the weight required” by those new types of applications.
The fact is, many traditional ADC solutions do a great job at ensuring availability, performance and security for legacy apps. However, they were tuned mostly for on-prem infrastructures. With the advent of today’s DevOps-inspired applications, it’s vital that you ensure that your ADCs can bridge the gap between modern and legacy app environments.
As you review and assess existing and new ADCs for your infrastructure, here are a few features that you should look for:
One platform for traditional and modern application delivery
Easy to understand; one platform means less complexity, less costs and skilled resources required. Plus, if you can use one platform for agile development AND the delivery of both traditional and microservices applications, everyone wins.
Support for hybrid and multi-cloud environments
No surprise here. By 2020, over 90 percent of enterprises are expected to use multiple cloud services and platforms. Therefore, you need an ADC that will support distributed environments and can easily deploy to on-premises infrastructures as well as public clouds such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google.
Ability to convert and migrate legacy apps to microservices application architectures
“Out with the old and in with the new” seems to be the mantra of app developers and architects alike. Empower these essential audiences with an ADC that allows them to convert services built with legacy architectures into containerized microservices applications. They can then push verified load balancing configurations and security policies into production easily—a key function of agile software development.
Integration with automation and orchestration systems to simplify application deployment
Of course, it’s not just about deployment. With a modern ADC, you can enable self-service features for developers and capabilities such as automated configuration of load balancing. This optimizes workflows, allowing IT and DevOps teams to work together to support the migration to DevOps application delivery.
Find the solution that fits your infrastructure.
Hopefully, we’ve given you some solid ideas on what to look for in your next ADC. Of course, there are other features that might be essential to your organization as well. To see more capabilities being delivered by the latest ADCs, check out the solution guide, “Modern application delivery for an adaptive, reliable network.” Download it today and start your network transformation the right way.
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