Unlike traditional application deployment, a microservice architecture enables developers to implement smaller, deployable units, push updates faster, and deliver autonomous, self-contained units in less time. While this is essential to agile application development and deployment, it also results in more complexity since the network must continue to support legacy applications.
To bridge the gap between traditional and microservices architectures, networking leaders must deliver an Application Delivery Controller (ADC) platform that gives DevOps the agility they need without sacrificing network security, visibility, and control. Failure to deliver this solution often results in DevOps teams engaging in Shadow IT — spinning up their own cloud environments to develop, test, and deploy apps.
In the past, traditional application delivery was very simple. A few ADCs were placed in front of application servers to accommodate north-south delivery. The applications then traveled to the user and back to the server.
With microservices application delivery, ADCs are placed in a container and are deployed per microservice. Thousands of ADCs might be deployed to support east-west (microservices to database) traffic within the application.
Today's networking leaders must facilitate digital transformation while ensuring they have complete visibility and control over both types of application architectures. By adopting hybrid delivery infrastructures, they can bridge the gap between these two environments to ensure optimization and communication between apps and across clouds. It also provides DevOps with the agility they need while laying the foundation for future innovations.
Hybrid application delivery infrastructures also enable the following:
In the past, an enterprise's ADCs and applications resided in their data center. In today's digital world, applications live everywhere, including in the cloud and in DevOps environments. Networking leaders need an ADC that is purpose-built to support digital transformation and agile development.
Three key elements to look for in an ADC:
Assessing your current infrastructure by answering these five questions will help you determine the best path for modernizing your infrastructure.
Your journey towards a modern, secure enterprise begins with a software-centric ADC that can meet the demands of an increasingly dynamic and distributed world. Citrix ADC helps eliminate network complexity by providing an agile, secure, and reliable application delivery solution across both traditional and DevOps microservices environments. Citrix ADC simplifies deployment across any form factor, any hypervisor, any cloud, while providing deep visibility for an exceptional application experience.