Two trends are driving today’s cloud enterprise workloads: The continued expansion of data center virtualization and cloud-based technologies, and application development methods. Rather than looking to an outdated three-tiered approach, applications are now being created through a more distributed, module-based approach.
As the industry continues to shift more and more toward virtualization and cloud deployments, one service still finds its home in hardware – the Application Delivery Controller (ADC). Since ADCs are primarily delivered on hardware, this leaves several organizations looking for a solution that can evolve in today’s software-centric market.
Hardware ADCs pose several challenges for enterprises. First, they have a slower time to service and often lack the elasticity necessary for new services and applications to adapt as the environment evolves. Overprovisioning also becomes a problem, which forces enterprises to purchase more bandwidth than necessary in order to prepare for the possibility of peak usage. Migration is a noteworthy challenge associated with hardware ADCs, as they can impose limitations on the applications to move cleanly and easily between updates.
Brocade offers a leading software solution for ADCs in the form of its vADC portfolio. This product and service suite provides a fully functional ADC rooted in software principles, opening enterprises up to the benefits of virtualization. Included in the vADC package are:
- Virtual Traffic Manager: The full-featured ADC that is offered in native software
- Service Director: A controller that provides functionality for provisioning, management, and monitoring of ADC services
- Virtual Web Application Firewall: A security feature that works to protect virtual environments
Additionally, the Brocade solution leverages a pool licensing model, allowing ADC resources to be deployed and used in virtual and cloud environments without the need to overprovision or enhance op-ex.
Learn more about the use case solution and watch the video, featuring Brocade’s Neil Abogado, on how to capitalize on the Brocade vADC solution. He discusses the current state of hardware ADCs, their shortcomings, and how Brocade’s vADC suite looks to address the challenges facing cloud enterprise networks.