To help unlock greater network agility while also ensuring high availability, we are proud to announce the NGINX Plus load balancer from F5 is now available as a new Network Edge virtual device. It will be paired with other Network Edge digital services to form a multitiered network stack that can be deployed and scaled much quicker and more cost-effectively than traditional hardware-based network infrastructure. In addition, the load balancer can provide intelligent traffic management to ensure higher resiliency and more control over data paths.
Multitiered network stacks support resiliency and business continuity
This new load balancing capability within Network Edge can be particularly beneficial for organizations that are built on a multicloud architecture and want to maintain business continuity. Today, many customers take advantage of a multicloud approach when building their applications. This minimizes the reliance on a single cloud provider and provides resiliency, especially when the multiple clouds are deployed in the same region.
Network Edge VNF services on Platform Equinix can help support multicloud connectivity. In a matter of minutes, companies can deploy a virtual router to connect to their cloud providers and a virtual firewall to secure customers’ interactions. They can combine these and other VNF services with the load balancer to form a complete multitiered network stack that ensures the availability of the application or database platform.
The F5 NGINX Plus load balancer intelligently distributes traffic between the clouds, ensuring there is no single point of failure. If one of the application layers fails, the load balancer removes it and redistributes the traffic between the remaining servers in the pool. This reconfiguration happens automatically, with no need to restart the infrastructure. The load balancer then adds the server back into the pool as soon as it’s running again, redistributing the traffic accordingly. A by-product of this architecture is the option to send traffic through a security monitoring device that allows for traffic analysis and filtering when required.
A business communications company simplifies network architecture management
One F5 customer, a U.S.-based business communications company, used NGINX Plus load balancing capabilities as part of a solution that helped it reduce architectural complexity, improve server management, limit downtime, and increase application and service performance. To provide uninterrupted access to business communication channels for its end users, the customer maintained a geographically distributed network architecture spanning 8 data centers across the U.S. Managing servers across this distributed architecture had grown costly and time consuming.
Before F5 NGINX Plus Load Balancer
With F5 NGINX Load Balancer
The company turned to F5 NGINX Plus to help them implement a centralized, unified platform for managing its geographically distributed servers. This platform includes virtual load balancers that are significantly less expensive than traditional hardware load balancers and can provide the level of agility and resiliency the customer needs. The load balancer capabilities include session persistence, allowing for the most personalized, efficient experience possible for each individual end user.
Now, thanks to the load balancer and other F5 NGINX capabilities, the company can handle billions of requests every hour while maintaining control over their entire network footprint, no matter where the servers are physically located.