How the cloud is changing Application Delivery
The State of Application Experience [AX] 2019 Report from Kemp has highlighted some interesting points on how the move to cloud is changing the way applications are delivered. Moving to cloud creates opportunities and challenges with management and control of the application experience being a top issue.
The State of Application Experience 2019 Report provides insight drawn from research carried out with enterprise organizations on their application environments. Over 66% of respondents highlighted the challenge of integrating and managing across multiple cloud and in-house platforms with 55% using ad-hoc troubleshooting for issue resolution and 25% indicating that they only find out about issues after an application has already failed.
In a multi-cloud environment, where multiple toolsets are offered, getting visibility on emerging and active issues across all platforms is a major challenge. As the load balancer (application delivery controller/ADC) is uniquely positioned in the application delivery infrastructure, it can gather key metrics and indicators on client and application server performance and state – in essence having its finger on the pulse of the application. Kemp offers tools that can be used to observe and analyze across multiple cloud and in-house platforms surfacing deep insight on the health of the complete application infrastructure. Rather than being part of the 25% that discover an outage when users start complaining, Kemp customers use predictive analytics to identify application components that are degrading or not performing optimally. This enables the fixing of issues before there is an impact on the application experience of users. Kemp combines system observability – inferring system state from external outputs – with traditional monitoring to provide the deep insight that goes beyond simple good/bad status reporting to allow issues to be resolved before they become impactful on the application experience.
The State of Application Experience 2019 Report also highlights that automation is key to maintaining the application experience across clouds. 91% of respondents stated that speed and agility in deploying load balancing and applications is important or critical to move away from scenarios where load balancer updates are taking days or even weeks. Kemp’s application delivery automation enables organizations to leverage industry standard automation frameworks or native capabilities to not just accelerate the deployment of application services but also to ensure consistency across multiple clouds and platforms. Moving to the cloud changes the application delivery landscape from large hardware devices supporting multiple workloads to a per-application ADC approach. With a per-application approach, automation is central to enabling agility in deploying, scaling and managing a large number of ADCs. In the report, 80% of organizations indicated they had between 50 and 400 application workloads on a single load balancer which translates into a significant number of ADC instances when migrating to the cloud.
The move to cloud is real for many organizations but on-premises application delivery will remain a reality with indications in the State of Application Experience 2019 Report showing just over a third of organizations having 50% of applications in the cloud within two years. Faced with the challenge of managing this hybrid of on-premises and cloud, organizations need to get commonality between environments to simplify migration, to provide unified management and control and to automate deployment of application delivery resources. Kemp helps address this challenge with a common application delivery platform across major cloud platforms and hypervisors that can be monitored and orchestrated from a single point to simplify application delivery in a hybrid and multi-cloud environment.