When evaluating Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), ease of deployment should be high on the list of must-haves. ADCs ensure business-critical applications are secure, performing well and always available. But if ADC deployment is difficult, that can outweigh the benefits to application delivery. IT projects that are tough to deploy can be significantly delayed and over budget, which leads to higher total cost of ownership (TCO) and slower return on investment (ROI) than originally anticipated. To avoid this scenario with your ADC, it’s important to recognize common deployment challenges and how to overcome them.
ADC technology has come a long way in the last few years to make deployment easier. Here’s how modern software-only ADCs resolve some of the most common deployment challenges.
1. No need for specialized staff
Traditional hardware and software ADCs require extensive training and highly technical users. Businesses today often don’t have the time or resources to dedicate to training and it’s increasingly rare to have specialized technicians who are responsible only for the deployment, configuration and management of ADCs. Businesses are adopting DevOps ways of working, which means IT departments comprise teams of generalists rather than specialists in any one area. DevOps enables application development and operations groups to work together to achieve business objectives more efficiently. An ADC solution will help them to achieve their business goals, but it has to be easy to use.
A modern software-only ADC, like Snapt, is designed for today’s DevOps teams. The software can be picked up and used by any tech team member, which de-risks deployment and makes managing the solution much easier. Administrators can manage the solution from any device. And it can be deployed rapidly to get up and running in minutes, which saves time and allows DevOps teams to focus on delivering on business objectives.
2. Flexible solutions
Enterprise cloud strategies are in flux and the general cloud landscape is changing with the rise of containers and cloud native architectures. Traditional ADC solutions are extremely limited in what types of deployments they support, and they lack the agility and flexibility to change when required. Whether businesses have deployed critical servers on-premises or in cloud environments, they are likely to be considering moving to a different infrastructure in the next few months or years because cloud technology is evolving rapidly. For example, migrating from Amazon’s AWS to Microsoft’s Azure, or from on-premises to the cloud, or even from virtual machines to Kubernetes containers.
Agility and flexibility are critical not just for initial deployments, but also for supporting business growth. This flexibility must be inherent to the solution to be effective. To allow businesses to change cloud infrastructures easily and quickly, modern ADC solutions run in any network and any deployment scenario, with no additional cost to change. That’s exactly what Snapt offers. The software-only ADC runs in any type of environment and migrating deployments is simply a matter of moving the software license from one place to another without the burden of re-purchasing fees.
3. Lower TCO
Traditional hardware ADCs are costly and inflexible. Businesses typically would write off an ADC investment over three to five years. And to ensure enough capacity over that time, businesses would over-provision – that is, acquire extra capacity upfront in case it’s needed in future, which often means paying for more than they really need. Hardware solutions typically have a higher TCO than software ADCs because of this over-provisioning and because of extra costs for physical installation, specialist support and maintenance over the product’s entire life.
Modern software-only ADCs have far lower upfront costs than traditional hardware solutions and eliminate the need for over-provisioning. On-demand, flexible licensing allows businesses to add capacity as needed. To expand into new markets or support rapid growth, businesses only need to upgrade their software licenses.
4. High-quality support
Any number of technical problems can arise during deployment – whether it’s an unexpected incompatibility or trouble with starting the user interface. Tech generalists on DevOps teams need to know their ADC supplier has their back and will be available to help them troubleshoot if problems occur.
That requires fast-responding tech support that is available 24/7 every day of the year and is able to answer questions about interoperability and OS support. Regardless of customer size, a modern ADC supplier should provide guaranteed access to the same high-quality support service and knowledgeable tech support staff.
Ease of deployment is a critical factor in the business case for new ADC solutions, because it saves time and reduces costs for online businesses. It should be high on the list of criteria for any business considering ADC solutions. Snapt is a truly modern, software-only ADC designed to be easily deployed to meet today’s DevOps needs.
To discover how easy Snapt is to deploy and use, book a demo or try it for free today.