Riverbed today announced an industry game-changer - a new platform that can enable and equip any cloud provider (public cloud, hosted or managed provider or enterprises rolling out private clouds) with the tools and technology required to deliver application delivery controller-as-a-service (ADCaaS) with the Riverbed Stingray Services Controller.
With the introduction of the Stingray Services Controller, cloud providers will have a dynamic and elastic application delivery infrastructure, giving them all the necessary tools to automatically provision, deploy, license, and meter application services and resources anywhere in their network, data center or end-user premises.
The Stingray Services Controller will also provide a new consumption model for customers deploying ADC services, called the Stingray Traffic Manager micro instance. These micro instances can range from small ADC instances to large Stingray instances all on commodity servers. With the STM micro instance, ADC services can now be elastically scaled on demand and right-sized to suit each application in the data center.
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Why did we develop an ADC-as-a-service platform?
We listened to our customers.
Public cloud service providers and enterprises rolling out private clouds still face several technology and operations limitations today as a result of their static legacy application delivery infrastructures. These legacy ADCs are a bottleneck in virtualized data centers and cloud environments, hampering the cloud providers ability to orchestrate and manage their application delivery services on demand.
From an operations perspective ADCs often require expensive over provisioning or clumsily designed multi-tenancy that both drives up costs and restricts Layer-7 services that application owners want to use. They lack elasticity and agility, they are not adaptive, are not software-defined, and don't provide multi-tenancy scaling and isolation. Being static in nature, they make deploying and managing ADC operations in a virtualized environment very cumbersome and time consuming.
Based our cloud provider customers challenges and requirements, we saw the need for a new ADC architecture in the market. One that can help our customers by removing todays bottlenecks, delivering improved agility, high levels of automation, and quicker time to service. We believe that this enabling technology is revolutionary in the ADC space, and addresses head on the challenges faced by legacy ADC architectures operating in next generation virtualized data centers, cloud environments, and dynamically changing application and network architectures.
What are some of the benefits in moving to an ADC-as-a-service approach?
Moving to the ADC-as-a service approach offers tremendous advantages for providers in terms of cost savings, service agility by bringing new services to market more quickly, and operational efficiency by being able to respond in real time to changing customer demands.
Cloud providers will now be able to take the guesswork out of manually sizing their ADCs, and avoid the upfront costs of overestimating and pre-procuring ADC capacity to ensure they have their bases covered. They will be able to right-size their application delivery services. Solutions available today require providers to only scale up. Now with ADC-as-a-service a new paradigm is introduced the ability to elastically scale up and down to match their changing workloads.
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