When it comes to making decisions about infrastructure expansion, there is a choice to be made: whether to invest in additional on-premises infrastructure with associated costs related to sizing and purchasing the HW, storage and networking needed, plus the deployment, integration and operational costs and delays before operation is possible or, whether to look to the cloud for instantly available resources, including ready build SaaS services.
Ultimately corporate strategy and OPEX/CAPEX discussions will drive the decision, but there are always situations where access to additional resources is needed. So whether the plan is to build part of the business infrastructure in the cloud, or simply rely on using the cloud when demand dictates, it is critical to ensure that corporate data is protected – both in flight and in the cloud.
A LoadMaster running on-premises can easily be configured to establish a tunnel to the Azure Cloud using its built-in IPsec VPN feature. With this secure, seamless access between the local and remote networks, the LoadMaster can be used to balance application instances between the two locations, with the flexibility of the cloud allowing additional cloud-based instances to be spun up or down as needed. Similarly, the LoadMaster can be used to direct traffic to cloud based services such as Microsoft’s OWA and ERP applications.
- Load Balancing
- Content Switching
- Connectivity for Iaas, Paas, Saas
- Data Management
- Cloud Bursting