Digital transformation is changing the way applications are managed and delivered.
Applications are growing fast, and so is the number of users consuming them. These applications are everywhere—in the data centre, on virtual platforms, in the cloud, and as SaaS. More apps are now being moved out of data centers to a cloud-based infrastructure.
To ensure optimized and secure delivery of applications, IT departments needs specific network appliances called Application Delivery Controllers or ADCs. These ADCs are available in hardware, virtual, and containerized form factors and are sized by Network Administrators based on the current and future usage of applications.
To meet these challenges, some organizations are beginning to deploy new micro-service applications that are changing the application delivery environment. Some of the primary drivers for hybrid application delivery infrastructures include:
· The adoption of container technology
· The deployment of new micro-services applications
· The development of dynamic applications
Therefore, IT professionals must give certain considerations when selecting ADC platforms. You must ensure your ADC is able to bridge the gap between traditional and micro-service app delivery with a hybrid infrastructure.
Three considerations that must be made are:
#1. Support for Multi-Form Factors…
The ADC platform must come with form factors for each position in the application environment, including physical, virtual, and containerized. This ensures that no matter where you deploy your ADC, you can depend on the same code base and characteristics being available.
#2. A Centralized Management System…
Your ADC should have a management system that can support ADCs in all environments from a single console to help troubleshoot and boost performance. This Management System should give you the ability to configure, monitor, and perform thorough analysis of your application delivery infrastructure.
#3. Integration with Automation and Orchestration Systems…
Your ADC must integrate with cloud orchestration systems. This enables your ADC to support new application instances that are dynamically deployed—regardless of the environment.
Keeping these points in mind will ensure you choose a solid ADC that is worth the bucks. To learn more about the key features to overcome the challenges in managing a hybrid application delivery infrastructure, click the link below for more information.