Intelligent CIO Middle East Issue 59 | Page 71

Simplify the chaos of your multi-cloud enterprise

Load balancing isn ’ t just about managing traffic anymore . As your infrastructure expands to include applications in public , private , and hybrid clouds , traffic management has evolved from a technology function to a business function that delivers value to the organization as a whole .
Here are five ways to help unravel your cloud complexity .

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Visibility and Analytics
Application visibility and analytics help ensure that applications remain secure , available and responsive , delivering productivity for employees and satisfying digital experiences for customers .
Integrated Security
Security that is integrated into the load balancing solution provides the best defense . Bolt-on security products tend to be complex and hard to configure , particularly with regard to application security . Configuration and management of security features and the ability to adjust policies at a granular level need be straightforward and easy .
Intelligent Automation
The need for automation and integration extends beyond the DevOps team . An advanced load balancing solution with strong integration capabilities gives businesses the flexibility to respond to changes without having to purchase new assets and re-set the ROI clock . New products and services can go to market faster when integration makes the infrastructure easy to modify .
Centralized Management
The typical organization has technology everywhere and managing all that traffic can be a challenge . An advanced load balancing solution that provides centralized management will prevent conflicting policies . It will also ensure visibility of the application stack in both public and private clouds , as well as enable multiple regions to accommodate high availability , regulatory requirements , or other needs .
Containerized Environment
The move to multi-cloud , with its requirement for application portability , is a major factor driving companies toward the use of containers . The mandate to improve cost efficiencies across staffing , infrastructure and software resources is seen as the top driver for container adoption . The top benefits of containers include ; flexibility and portability of applications , improved scalability , better compute resource efficiency and operational simplicity .
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