Avi Networks is upgrading its Vantage Platform, which supports cloud applications. The update helps large enterprises that have deployed applications in private clouds, public clouds, and software-defined data centers (SDDCs) and need to deploy applications across any of these environments.
Avi’s Vantage Platform has been shipping for about a year. With the new release — available within 30 days — IT departments can centrally orchestrate and scale load balancing and other application services across any private or public cloud.
“We take public or private clouds and think of them as one big pool,” said Chandra Sekar, VP of marketing at Avi. “Apps running in containers, in bare metal servers, in virtual machines, or in AWS, we can treat as a single application resource.”
Key capabilities in the new version of the Vantage Platform include:
- Automatic scaling across multiple clouds with server load balancing.
- Domain name system (DNS) service for Amazon Web Services (AWS).
- Integration with Google Cloud APIs to provide automation and self-service capabilities for applications.
- Integration for Version 2 of the OpenStack Load Balancing as a Service API for private cloud deployments.
“Vantage always could provide load balancing in these environments individually,” said Sekar. “This is really a hybrid cloud story.”
Many load balancers use hardware. But that becomes a problem when enterprises want to scale, said Sekar. Avi takes a different approach, distributing software on-premises and in the public cloud to do application delivery of load balancing.
“Load balancers are an extremely critical part of the infrastructure,” added Guru Chahal, VP of products at Avi Networks. “But they’ve gotten more important because apps are more scale-out. You need an entity in front of the app to scale out – that’s the load balancer. Still, they usually look like they did 20 years ago.”
The latest upgrade to the Avi Vantage Platform lets organizations deploy applications in their data center and dynamically scale out load balancers and other applications by bursting compute capacity to the public cloud predictively based on changes in traffic patterns. The Vantage platform then manages traffic across these environments.