Load Balancing

Load Balancing in 2020 and Beyond

Happy New Year! Load balancing enters 2020!

As we reflect on the previous decades, it’s interesting to see how applications, infrastructure, and traditional load balancing methods have evolved:

  • The 1990s — Monolithic applications and bare metal infrastructure in data center racks were the lifeblood of enterprise IT. Hardware load balancer appliances were developed to ensure high availability.
  • The 2000s — Virtualization revolutionized infrastructure through software (thanks, VMware!) and paved the way for SOA (service oriented architecture) applications. No real innovation in load balancing methods… everybody still had to use hardware appliances.
  • The 2010s — All the clouds (private, public, hybrid, and multi) took center stage for enterprise IT, while containers and microservices architecture captivated developers. However, legacy load balancing vendors continued to give you two flavors: hardware load balancer appliances (vanilla) or virtual load balancer appliances (diet vanilla).

The 2010s also gave you Avi Networks, the company that reinvented load balancing by abandoning appliances entirely and replacing them with a software-defined, controller-based load balancing fabric, which supports any kind of application across all data centers and clouds. The world’s largest enterprises loved Avi. So did VMware. VMware buys Avi Networks. Boom.

So here we are, at the start of a fresh new decade. It’s exciting to think about what new innovations the years ahead will bring!

The team from Avi Networks, Now Part of VMware, wasted no time in getting started. We already have some great resources for you to kick off the year!

State of Load Balancing 2020 (Recorded Webcast)

Learn more about the past, present, and future of load balancing from one of the only people that has 20 years experience in the industry — Nathan McMahon. Nathan was the Solution Architect at F5 Networks for more than 12 years before joining the founding team at Avi Networks in 2013. His insights, expertise, and candor will inform (and entertain) you like nobody else can. Watch the recording State of Load Balancing 2020.


2020 Load Balancer Buyer’s Guide

This guide provides best practices and tools to help you with decision-making and prioritization for all your load balancing needs. Learn about load balancing strategies and features designed to help you achieve your network automation and self-service goals. Download the 2020 Load Balancer Buyer’s Guide.



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