When it comes time to improve software delivery and operational performance, you’ll need lightweight, flexible load balancers deployed close to the apps themselves, that can easily integrate with your application code. That’s where NGINX comes in.
Applications are the modern organization’s new form of capital which makes them critical to an org’s success. With this new application-centric push comes a divide between apps and infrastructure. On one hand, you have developers who are focused on moving fast and deploying often in an effort to create greater value for users. But moving fast is at odds with operations, who care about ensuring reliability, security, and performance to make sure those apps meet customer expectations.
In order to meet the wants and needs of both the developers and ops teams, you need a way to empower your DevOps teams to manage load balancers closer to the apps they develop and maintain while letting the NetOps teams retain control the F5 appliance sitting at the frontend. That way, you gain the agility and time-to-market benefits that your app team needs without sacrificing the reliability and security control your network teams require.
F5’s cloud-native NGINX software load balancers help close the gap between DevOps and NetOps. With this solution, you can augment your enterprise-wide BIG-IP load balancer by deploying lightweight, portable NGINX load balancers closer to the apps themselves.
According to Forrester, 50% of organizations are implementing DevOps practices to speed time to market (high feature velocity) and improve stability (lower incidence of outages and faster issue resolution).
Alongside the growth of DevOps practices, enterprises are modernizing apps using microservices architectures, where different applications are broken up into discrete, packaged services. Nearly 10% of apps are built net‑new as microservices, while another 25% are hybrid applications (monolithic with attached microservices, sometimes referred to as “miniservices”).
The move toward DevOps principles and adoption of microservices architectures are having a profound impact on all aspects of application development and infrastructure. Download the NGINX Solution Guide to get all the details.
These trends are changing the way we think about—and develop—applications.
While DevOps and microservices affect all aspects of application infrastructure, they specifically change the way enterprises deploy load balancer technology as the load balancer is the intelligent point of control that sits in front of all your apps.
However, different teams in your organization need to access load balancing technology in different ways.
You can improve the velocity of software delivery and operational performance by deploying lightweight, flexible load balancers that can be easily integrated with your application code closer to your apps.
F5’s cloud-native ADC solution, NGINX, is a software load balancer that can help you bridge the divide between DevOps and NetOps.
By layering your F5 and NGINX load balancers, you can boost speed to market while not sacrificing security or reliability.
With this approach, I&O teams get to retain the frontend F5 infrastructure to provide advanced application services to the large numbers of mission‑critical apps it’s necessary to protect and scale. At the same time, you empower your DevOps and application teams to directly manage configuration changes on the software load balancer, often automating them as part of a CI/CD framework.
The combined solution enables you to achieve the agility and time-to-market benefits that your app teams need—without sacrificing the reliability and security controls your network teams require.
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