Consolidation of network is not a new concept, but it is a modality that with virtualization has been key to revolutionizing the IT infrastructure of enterprises.
But what is it and how it benefits businesses on the network? How the consolidation with virtualization have been necessary to transform the IT infrastructure of enterprises.
To explain, the first thing that comes to my mind is the image of a Swiss Army Knife, which combines several different tools into a single object. Having this knife in a night camping in the forest is synonymous with that we have everything we need to solve different situations: open a can, cut a rope and more.
Consolidate in IT involves taking different physical resources that were separated and centralized into a single group of virtual resources. Thus, as with the Swiss Army knife, we all needed to address the changing needs of our business tools.
Taking this concept to corporate networks, consolidating today is the key. It is clear that the networks today have many more demands than in the past and businesses live a scenario of low network utilization, scalability, and costly decentralized administration, which does not accompany the requirements and the current market rate.
In this context, strengthening them through an Application Delivery Controller (ADC) to optimize application performance, secure applications against the new attacks and provide full visibility of user experience.
Choosing an ADC enhances the network performance, and it is important that ADCs have certain characteristics. Some of them are:
Segmentation of resources: One aspect to consider is to assign resources to each running virtual ADC, including SSL processing, compression, network card, CPU, and RAM. This allows us to guarantee the performance of each virtual ADC also maintaining a high level of security.
Density: The more consolidation possesses density; less space is required in the data center. And clearly, this translates into cost savings of both space and electricity.
Support features: The ADC should allow us to consolidate without losing any functionality since they are supported in consolidated without exception architectures.
Third-party integration: A big difference is that the ADC can also consolidate complementary services developed by other companies.
Pay per use: This contracting model allows for increased functionality and capabilities via licensing, avoiding a costly hardware replacement. It makes it possible to grow around current requirements and not projecting future, thus providing investment protection.
There are definitely many benefits to consolidating ADCs. Now, IT managers are the ones who will have to decide whether they prefer to have a Swiss Army knife when encamp in the woods or with each tool separately.