Riverbed promises ADC for cloud providers

Compute, servers and storage are the traditional offerings from infrastructure or platform as a service providers.

However, Web-based applications usually also need load balancing and related help.

Usually application delivery controllers (ADCs) have to be offered by providers carefully across virtualized machines. Riverbed Technology hopes to change that with its new Stingray Services Controller.

The company said Tuesday at the annual Interop Las Vegas conference that when released in July the application will allow service providers and enterprises with private clouds to offer load balancing and application health monitoring as a service.

Services Controller automates the provisioning deployment licencing, metering and management of the inventory of Stingray ADCs, Kavitha Marippan, director of product marketing for Stingray application delivery appliances, said in an interview.

The company already offers standard and virtualized ADCs called Stingray Traffic Controller for delivering Layer 7 services. The Services Controller creates what Riverbed calls a micro-instance of the ADC, which makes it easier for providers to scale an application delivery controller service.

“We’ve taken a full Stingray footprint and miniaturized it to offer more scale to our customers,” Marippan said. The instances come in several sizes and all run on commodity servers. “It means our customers can have a very elastic ADC platform that can adapt as their workloads changes.”

Marippan said that in current tests Riverbed has been able to spin up 256 separate ADCs using a 12-core server.

The idea is that customers can order a virtual ADC in the same way they order virtual compute or virtual storage. For the provider, the Services Controller means an easier way to offer ADC across applications.

Also at Interop this week

— XRoads Networks Inc., which makes unified bandwidth management platforms, said it will announce a partnership with Webroot, a maker of security intelligence solutions.

Through the partnership XRoads will releasing its WEBaXcel appliance that incorporates features including Web threat protection, content filtering and link bonding for accelerated Web downloads and automated network redundancy.

The solution leverages Webroot’s URL classification and anti-malware protection.

— Talari Networks Inc. announced APN 3.0, what it calls a significant upgrade to its APN (Adaptive Private Networking) operating software for its family of Mercury WAN appliances.

Improvements include Dynamic Conduits, which allows the automated build up and tear down of a meshed network that reacts to changing traffic demands by creating best-path, multi-link tunnels across private or public Internet access links. As traffic from location to location exceeds bandwidth policy reservation thresholds or failures are detected, APN 3.0 builds a dynamic tunnel between those locations in real-time, allowing traffic to bypass some hops to decrease latency.

–Jeda Networks said it will demonstrate a multi-vendor software-defined storage network, which uses its recently announced Fabric Network Controller software. The demonstration data centre will use products from more than 15 vendors running over a 40 Gbps core Ethernet network.

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Currently a freelance writer, I'm the former editor of ITWorldCanada.com and Computing Canada. An IT journalist since 1997, I've written for several of ITWC's sister publications including ITBusiness.ca and Computer Dealer News. Before that I was a staff reporter at the Calgary Herald and the Brampton (Ont.) Daily Times. I can be reached at hsolomon [@] soloreporter.com

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