Achieving Scale with a Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure

Finding a balance of additional physical resources is often a tricky financial business decision. Servers and other infrastructure hardware carries a costly price tag throughout their entire investment. Consider the following Data Center Consolidation through the Adoption of Virtualization to achieve cost reduction, business agility and operational efficiency. To effectively complete, the ADC is required to be virtualized. Once this is complete the data center stack can then be migrated. Only with the virtualization of both the ADC and the data center stack can true scale be achieved.

Industry Noise and VADI
ITaaS (IT as a service) strategy implementation starts with consolidation of hardware and data storage. YourDailyTech’s article regarding this identified Virtualization as having “fundamentally changed the way we design and deploy data centers.” At least 45.6 percent of enterprise applications and of mission critical applications now run on virtual servers according to a Nemetrus study, indicating a clear shift towards adoption of VA technology. CIO today are seeking a way to cut costs, minimize hardware and grow performance capabilities at the same time, thus achieving Scale with a Virtual Application Delivery infrastructure (VADI).

Focus First on the Application Delivery Controller
Initial steps begin with varied layers within the data center itself to profit from the benefits of VADI. Keep in mind this shift from physical application silos to hybrid application silos to combine virtual and physical elements will alter the data center architecture. Due to this, the traditional ADC requires a new breed of technology that can deliver against four checkpoints.

ADC Virtualization Requirements:

-Be deployed without being attached to a segmented location within the network
-Can be quickly provisioned
-Can be accessed from anywhere

To achieve true scale, integration of the ADC is needed to ensure application resilience and performance.  Transformation of Standard Application Delivery Infrastructure (SADI) into VADI requires a control plane that provides application distribution to the data center anew.

The migration includes a system of the following three building blocks:

-A Virtual ADC as discussed above
-Virtual computing resources atop of underlying data center layered computing capabilities to meet all deployment needs
-Cloud Integration to manage integration from one central, mobile location

After ADC Virtualization
To get started, consider the server and storage layers of the data center the low hanging fruit after the ADC migration is complete. Begin virtualizing the less critical applications, completing the process, then moving on to more vital applications leaving the greatest risk reserved for last. Microsoft offers Hyper-V™ to assist in these tasks.

Security Risk
Upgrading your data center should be at the expense of information safety procedures. Be mindful to align and deploy against strongly vetted partnerships to ensure not only data integrity, but also privacy and security of data.

Conclusion
Staying focused on upgrading the ADC is key, as this element of the VADI equation is key to delivering on cost and performance long term. By the end of migration, you should expect to see your ADC resources transformed into a unified and agile virtual application delivery infrastructure at scale.