Creating an App-Centric Network for the Internet of Things

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Modern Load Balancing

The Evolution of the Modern Load Balancer

Modern load balancers (ADCs) focused on application delivery are more sophisticated and operate from Layer 4 to the Application Layer 7, making them more in tune with application server software, how the client responses should be handled, and the specific services being requested by IoT end nodes.

ADCs provide packet encryption/decryption, reducing server workload and making it possible to apply advanced policies and processing on secured traffic streams while maintaining end-to-end security.

Global server load balancing (GSLB) allows the intelligent distribution of end-node traffic across private and public clouds based on proximity, performance, or manually-defined business rules, for optimal data handling and communication.

To facilitate the dynamic cloud infrastructure, modern ADCs have also been adapted to integrate into virtual environments.

With simple configuration and portability, virtual ADCs meld seamlessly into private clouds with hypervisor, so administrators can launch applications quickly. Since these are application focused, IoT users are assured that instances are supported and functioning as they should, not just in the context of being in VM, but for the application they are serving.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is not just the connected refrigerator. It's thousands of medical devices in hospitals, smart utility meters, GPS-based location systems, fitness trackers, toll readers, motion detector security cameras, smoke detectors, and last but not least, embedded systems. Each of these IoT end nodes requires connectivity, processing and storage, some local and some in the cloud. This means scalability and application elasticity to adapt to dynamic requirements and ever-changing workloads.

To support and accommodate all the devices, sensors and other network-connected gadgets that will eventually become part of the IoT, network designs will need to adapt and become more application centric, according to KEMP Technologies. From health care to automotive and manufacturing to consumer electronics, the Internet of Things is a quantum revolution in how we think about application data activity. Is your network ready for the application onslaught that's coming?


Related Topics : Blade Servers, Business Integration, Ethernet, LAN, Network Protocols

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