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How I&O Teams Can Survive the Return of the Zombie Load Balancers

Published: 27 June 2016

ID: G00308377

Analyst(s): Joe Skorupa , Andrew Lerner


In the early 2000s, server-based load balancers evolved into complex, multifunction custom appliances from companies like F5 and Citrix NetScaler. Application-centric personnel are driving a return to lightweight, disaggregated load balancers, creating challenges and opportunities for I&O leaders.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • ADC Users Are Bifurcating
  • Challenges Arise When Mode 2 Apps Mature


  • Collaborate With Developers to Standardize on Simple Load-Balancing and Other L4-7 Technologies, Whether Deployed On- or Off-Premises
    • New Suppliers Will Be Required
    • Auto-Scaling and Ease of Management at Scale Are Paramount
  • Target ADC Investments Toward Vendors and Tooling That Support Management of Heterogeneous Instances, Including HAProxy, Nginx or AWS ELB
  • Prefer Providers That Don't Require Hardware to Deliver Scalable Performance and That Easily Support Per-Application, Rather Than Per-Environment, Deployments
  • Contrarian View: Use This Technology Shift to Offload Load Balancing and Other L4-7 Functions to the Application Development Teams

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