Quality Server Farms
Back in the days of postcard Web sites, a load balancer sitting in front of a firewall was often more than enough to ensure the site's availability.Back in the days of postcard Web sites, a load balancer sitting in front of a firewall was often more than enough to ensure the sites availability. But times and vendors have changed. Eric Giesa, F5 Networks director of product management, reflected on the changed dynamics that now shape the race for quality on the server farm in a conversation with Senior Writer Max Smetannikov. How did you adapt to customers asking for more advanced service level agreements?
We see a trend of companies using our Internet control architecture, which is an internal mechanism that allows all of our products to communicate. We get information from other devices on the network about the performances that influence where we direct the traffic. So if we are load-balancing a farm of firewalls, we look at the capacity of firewalls, the connections in order to direct that traffic. The information that we are collecting could be extracted and incorporated into SLAs [service-level agreements].