For optimal results, containers must be integrated with an ADC that can deliver superior traffic control and load balancing. Red Hat and F5, both industry-leading technology companies, have partnered to create an integrated, automated container solution that optimizes network configuration for faster, more secure application delivery.
Both Amazon Web Services Elastic Load Balancing and F5 BIG-IP offer compelling value to organizations deploying applications on AWS. Knowing when and where you might need more control, security, or programmability can help you chose the right solution to support your applications—and your business—in the cloud.
For enterprises delivering Internet and extranet applications, TCP/IP inefficiencies, coupled the effects of WAN latency and packet loss, all conspire to adversely affect application performance. The result of these inefficiencies has inflated the response times for applications, and significantly reduced bandwidth utilization efficiency (ability to “fill the pipe”).
Enterprises deploying applications on AWS may have concerns about security, performance, and loss of control. The F5 BIG-IP platform alleviates these concerns by providing the same high availability, performance, and security services that most enterprises currently have in their private data centers.
Imagine if, in order to browse the internet, you had to remember dozens—maybe hundreds—of web addresses consisting not of website names, but long strings of numbers. It would be impossible, right? That’s why the Domain Name System (DNS) was created back in 1983.
Operations teams are expected to manage increasingly complex, heterogeneous environments while meeting enterprise-class service levels for application delivery. DevOps best practices enable applications to scale rapidly and efficiently without costly manual interventions. The F5 and Puppet joint solution provides the functionality for operations teams to deploy, automate, and manage the configuration of an entire application infrastructure stack. This gives application developers the ability to elastically expand and contract infrastructure resources, automate application tests, and reduce application development time frames.
As load balancers continue evolving into today's Application Delivery Controllers, it's easy to forget the basic problem for which load balancers were originally created—producing highly available, scalable, and predictable application services. Intelligent application routing, virtualized application services, and shared infrastructure deployments of ADCs can obscure these original goals—but it's still critical to understand the fundamental role load balancing plays in ADCs.
With the dynamics of ensuring user experience for web applications constantly evolving, IT groups must continually review how they deliver business applications. In 2017, several factors have resulted in infrastructure and application architecture changes that depreciate front-end optimization technologies originally developed 5–10 years ago. Today, ensuring that the web server/client infrastructure is aligned to HTTP/2 is the most important step toward helping organizations deliver critical applications faster and more efficiently—while driving an enhanced user experience.