Designing for Uncertainty: Lessons from COVID-19 and what comes next

In an upcoming series of blog articles we analyse the lessons to be learned from COVID-19 and how to design for uncertainty. This series tackles 5 main topics which are introduced below. To follow the series “Designing for Uncertainty” please subscribe to our blog.

Creating an application delivery controller for Developers (and why we use our own ADC)

Developers building business-critical applications need an IT environment that allows them to work quickly and securely. This means having reliable web servers that are always available and protected. However, in the agile world of modern application development, they can’t always wait for the IT team to set-up and configure ADCs for them. They need their own ADCs, and they need them to be tailored to their own needs.

When we developed Snapt Nova, we were our first customer. Our development team use Nova themselves (the process known as "dogfooding") to provide load balancing for Nova development and deployment. This post is about what developers need, how the right application delivery controller (ADC) can support and empower developers, and why Nova might be the best ADC for developers – or, at least, why our own developers seem to think it is.

Orchestrated ADCs Simplify Management and Scalability

As your business grows and adapts to changing market conditions, especially during these volatile times, the demands on your cloud IT infrastructure become increasingly complex. Your web servers and critical business applications need to be not only resilient but also flexible enough to handle fluctuating traffic patterns in real time. Centrally orchestrated Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs) simplify these management challenges and enable dynamic scalability across any cloud environment.

Is ELB good enough for load balancing apps in AWS?

If you’re running your applications in Amazon Web Services / EC2, you need some load balancing to make sure your web servers don’t get overloaded. Amazon offers Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) natively, but is it the best option for you? This blog explains the differences between Amazon ELB and Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs).

If you only need a basic load balancer to manage where to send and receive traffic within your AWS environment, then ELB might be enough. But if you’re running business-critical applications and you need to make sure they are always available, are running as fast as possible, are protected from attacks, and display real-time telemetry and performance data, then you might need additional functionality that ELB cannot provide. You might require a complete ADC like Snapt Aria, which provides a full-featured, high-performance software load balancer, web accelerator, WAF and GSLB.

Do You Prioritize Features or Flexibility in a Load Balancer?

The load balancer market is evolving from feature-heavy hardware appliances to lightweight software solutions and flexible cloud-native implementations. But if you’re evaluating load balancer options, how do you bridge the gap between old world systems and the new? Do you prioritize the product features you’ve come to rely on or the advantages of flexibility? What are the pros and cons?

Building a Load Balancer for Cloud Native Environments

Six years is a very long time in tech. The Application Delivery Controller (ADC) market has changed dramatically since Snapt arrived on the scene six years ago. Back then, traditional hardware load balancers were the rule for managing web server deployments and Snapt was the only software-only ADC on the market. Now the market faces another major transition – the migration to cloud-native environments.

Nova Review Highlights Easy Set Up

Here at Snapt, we’re confident that we’ve developed the fastest, most scalable and easiest to use ADC platform in Nova – one that meets the needs of modern DevOps and IT Ops teams as they adopt cloud-native techniques for application delivery. But don’t just take our word for it. A recent third-party review has shown how easy it is to work with Nova.

Snapt is Standing Together with You

The world is in the midst of an unprecedented crisis and we, the team that brings you the Snapt portfolio of products, want to help in whatever way we can. We’re here to support the heroes on the front-line as they protect our citizens and keep the economy going.

The Secret to Healthy App Delivery at Scale

When your IT operations or DevOps teams need to scale-up or scale-out the server systems running critical applications, it’s generally a good sign of business growth. It means there are more visitors coming to your website, more conversions, more product sales or possibly regional or international expansion. But with scaling comes complexity, especially for monitoring and managing application performance. This blog explains the basics of managing Application Delivery Control (ADCs) across multi-cloud deployments, multiple locations and at any scale.

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