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The Shortfall of Network Load Balancing

F5 Networks Inc

Applications running across networks encounter a wide range of performance, security, and availability challenges as IT department strive to deliver fast, secure access from anywhere, at any time, on any device.

As a result, organizations must look at the delivery of applications and services differently, and address the shortcomings of traditional load balancing solutions which simply forwarding packets from device to device without context. The solution is to migrate to a more advanced application delivery architecture which provides:

  • Application awareness: Total insight into how the application is supposed to look on the wire.
  • User awareness: The ability to see which users are trying to access what application, from which devices.
  • Resource awareness: The intelligence to tie all the pieces of the application delivery infrastructure together to provide real-time visibility into the entire Application Delivery Network.

Read this paper to learn why applications fail and why network load balancing alone offers little protection. You’ll also learn why context-aware application delivery is so critical to making mission-critical applications highly available, fast and secure in any environment, from any device. 

Tags : network, load balancing, application awareness, resource, context-aware application delivery

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Published:  Aug 13, 2013
Length:  8
Type:  White Paper