As organizations continue to evolve their businesses and proceed down the path of digital transformation, the move to the cloud has become a given, and hybrid and multi-cloud environments have become the solutions of choice. But while this brave, new, multi-cloud world offers the portability, flexibility, and security enterprises desire, it has also made application delivery much more complicated.
To regain control of the applications at the heart of your business—and unlock the true economic benefits of the cloud—you need an application delivery controller (ADC) along with a management and orchestration platform that provides complete visibility into your entire application infrastructure.
Before you begin your search, here are three valuable tips for what to look for in your next ADC.
- End-to-end visibility. All the scalability and flexibility enabled by the cloud are wasted if your applications fail to perform optimally or your data security is breached. To ensure application performance and security, you need an ADC that integrates with a management platform so you can view and manage all of your ADC devices from a single console—whether the app is local or hosted in the cloud.
- Real-time performance analytics. With apps now residing in a variety of clouds, on-prem data centers and other locations, troubleshooting network performance can be a major undertaking. To ensure your apps deliver the uptime and performance your users demand, your ADC needs to integrate with a real-time analytics platform that provides actionable intelligence from your distributed environment. With this information, more efforts can be applied to performance management, troubleshooting and threat mitigation.
- Automated app deployment. You’re moving more apps to the cloud every day, not to mention all the updates and associated services that come with them. Being able to automate much of this work will become increasingly essential if you want to get your more strategic tasks done. For this reason, you need to select an ADC that integrates with a workflow management system to automate tasks such as lifecycle management and provisioning. By doing so, you will enable your IT team to work faster while eliminating errors and reducing costs.
The time is now for optimizing app delivery from the cloud.
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