How relevant will your SDN solution be as the SDN market continues to evolve?
KEMP: Our software focus and willingness to engage with new technologies that add value to delivering applications will mean that despite the continuous change in the network underlay and overlay technology, KEMP is well placed to take advantage of the changes while delivering unique customer value.
Is this really relevant to all my apps?
KEMP: Yes, SDN Adaptive™ operates on all LoadMaster platforms and can take advantage of the information available via the SDN Controller. This is used to impact legacy multi-tier packaged applications, custom web applications as well as next gen and IoT applications whether the app “understands” SDN or not. All applications independent of traffic flow patterns have a requirement to deliver the best experience to the customer whether the customer is a person or another machine.
You mentioned your software and virtual offerings a lot – does this feature work on all the KEMP ADC platforms?
KEMP: Our SDN Adaptive™ intelligent traffic steering is available across all platforms other than the Docker Containerized load balancer (CLM™)
Can you deploy the same instance for use across SDN and non-SDN environments?
KEMP: Yes, since use of SDN is controlled on a per-published application service basis. Because of this, one legacy application could hypothetically be published on a service using non-SDN algorithms while a net new IoT application could be published via another service using SDN Adaptive™ traffic steering as well as QoS Overlay policies.
Can this technology work in a hybrid deployment?
KEMP: Yes, this technology works in hybrid deployments. When enabled for SDN-based data consumption and decision making, it will default to an SDN-preferred mode allowing for services using SDN information to even fail back to non-SDN methods if a relevant SDN controller becomes unavailable or fails.
How does your SDN integration differ from other ADC vendors?
KEMP: No other ADC vendor on the market today has implemented truly differentiated SDN functionality that:
- Combines data consumed via the northbound interface of common SDN controllers with traffic steering algorithms
- Proactively steers around problem areas in the network by directly using this information
- Enforces QoE policy enforcement by programming flows end to end via SDN controllers