Radware, provider of integrated application delivery solutions for business-smart networking, has launched its Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure - VADI Strategy. Its objective is to bring the full agility and efficiency of virtualisation to application delivery solutions.
Creating a virtualised data centre is about building a consolidated, cost-effective, agile, highly available and performing data centre. The consolidation and virtualisation of the infrastructure has a major impact on the role of Application Delivery Controllers (ADC). To avoid the risks of losing performance predictability, application resilience and related costs, Radware has looked at how best it can help its customers avoid the pitfalls when transitioning from a fully physical environment to a hybrid or fully virtual data centre.
The result is Radware's Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure (VADI) - an architecture that transforms computing resources, as well as application delivery and virtualisation services, into one integrated, agile and scalable Application Delivery Virtualisation Infrastructure.
It is designed to bridge the gap between underlying hardware resources and to serve the various application needs in terms of SLA and performance predictability, whilst delivering maximum agility to application delivery services. In essence, Radware's VADI transforms a standard application delivery infrastructure into an agile virtual application delivery control plane.
"There is great growth and efficiency potential for traditional data centres transitioning towards the virtual data centre, and this will change the dynamics of the market," stated Lucinda Borovick, Vice President for IDC's Data Centre Networks Service.
"To date, what's been missing is a concrete way for data centres to migrate to the new virtual data centre construct, while ensuring application delivery as a key component can move in lock-step with that migration to ensure resilience, predictability and scale in the physical environment. Radware, with its VADI strategy and product release, is meeting those needs and allowing companies to adopt virtual application delivery deployments according to the evolution of their IT needs and user demands."
The key components of VADI include:
Virtual ADC instances (vADC): transformation of ADCs into application delivery services - offered in various SLAs and performance predictability levels
ADC computing resources for the vADC are delivered in 3 form factors according to application and SLA requirements:
A dedicated ADC on a physical device running a single vADC instance, which provides OnDemand scalability in throughput and application delivery services
Radware's ADC-VX an industry-first ADC hypervisor that enables the use of multiple vADCs on top of a dedicated specialised platform, Radware's OnDemand Switch
Soft ADC: a vADC on a general server virtualisation infrastructure - running as a virtual appliance
VADI Services: a set of virtualisation infrastructure services tailored to application delivery and integrated into virtual data centre orchestration systems
Open API and plug-ins enabling full integration into standard orchestration systems and proprietary automation and provisioning systems
To obtain this level of advancement in the consolidation and/or virtualisation phase, businesses will need to adopt the above, using any combination of computing resource form factors, to match their SLA requirements, throughput requirements per vADC, cost savings objectives, footprint limitations and their application deployment model.
"Radware is the only application delivery provider to market such an offering," stated Ilan Kinreich, COO Radware. "Creating a virtualised application delivery infrastructure allows for the alignment of application delivery services with a company's new virtual data centre architecture, providing each application with an application delivery service matching a businesses SLAs and performance predictability needs," he continued.
The first key component to be available is Radware's ADC-VX T, an industry-first ADC hypervisor which enables the agility of virtualisation for ADC services without compromising resiliency or performance predictability. To achieve this, the ADC-VX provides:
Isolation architecture at the core, the ADC-VX was designed to ensure complete fault, network and management isolation thus, eliminating the risks involved in ADC consolidation and P2V migration.
Predictable performance and SLAs a unique resources-guarantee mechanism ensures that each ADC instance is allocated with dedicated resources for its operation. Each virtual instance will only use the resources allocated to it resulting in guaranteed performance and SLA of each instance
Full business agility through instant provisioning, decommissioning and resources reallocation of virtual ADC instances driving business agility by significantly shortening the deployment time of new applications and services in the virtualised data centre
Simple resource abstraction into capacity units eliminating complicated resources calculations. With a centralised management system and dashboard, ADC virtualisation becomes simple to operate and manage
All of these elements contribute to enabling Radware's ADC-VX to provide customers, including large enterprise data centres, carriers, cloud and hosting providers with a risk-free path to ADC consolidation with business benefits including significant reduction of capital and operating expenditure, reduction of P2V (Physical-to-Virtual) risks, as well as full customisation and integration of ADC services in the virtual data centre using an open API.
Radware will be rolling out the other VADI components over the next 12 months.