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Riverbed launches ‘application delivery as a service’

New Stingray Services Controller delivers hyper-elastic ADC platform

Riverbed launches ‘application delivery as a service’
Lees: With the emergence of the virtualised data centre, legacy ADCs can be a bottleneck.

Application performance specialist Riverbed Technology today announced a new platform for application delivery controller-as-a-service (ADCaaS) with the Stingray Services Controller.

The platform will automate the deployment of application delivery services for any network architecture including software defined networking (SDN).

Typically, ADCs have been deployed in a network-centric model of "one application per ADC box" or where a shared ADC infrastructure must support the demands of multiple applications.

With the Stingray Services Controller, Riverbed claims it is delivering an "ADC per application" deployment model. This is intended to directly address the evolving application and data centre architectures, workflows, and operations models that call for a next-generation ADC architecture that can remove today's bottlenecks, delivering improved agility, high levels of automation, and quicker time-to-service.

Riverbed's ADCaaS-enabling technology is designed to give cloud providers and enterprises deploying in the private cloud the ability to provision, scale, and deploy their ADC as needed. 

"Riverbed's Stingray Services Controller and the Joyent high-performance cloud will enable our customers to provision, license, and scale ADC services in a very easy, agile, and cost effective way," said Jason Hoffman, founder and chief technology officer, Joyent.

"This ground-breaking, high-performance approach maps to our DNA and will enable us to deploy and manage ADCs in a truly elastic cloud delivery model."

The Stingray Services Controller is said to also provide a new consumption model for customers deploying ADC services, called the Stingray Traffic Manager (STM) "micro" instance. The STM "micro" instances can range from small ADC instances to large Stingray instances all on commodity servers. This is designed to eliminate the traditional throughput-based ADC sizing model that forces customers to guess their traffic load and pre-procure ADC capabilities in advance. With the STM "micro" instance, ADC services can now be elastically scaled on demand and right-sized to suit each application in the data centre, offering high density, full isolation, and multi-tenancy scaling.

"With the emergence of the virtualised data centre, legacy ADCs can be a bottleneck and were starting to be excluded from virtualisation strategies and cloud deployments," said Brent Lees, senior product manager, EMEA, Riverbed.

"With Stingray Services Controller, customers will have a hyper-elastic ADC platform that can adapt to workload changes. This is a game changer; today we are introducing a software-defined application delivery fabric that enables Layer-7 services on top of any data centre architecture."

The Stingray Services Controller is expected to be generally available in Q3 2013.

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