As part of our ongoing series of uses cases for the ATLAS-1000 platform, this week we will discuss cluster load balancing.
In order to meet scalability requirements, there are often situations when multiple network monitoring appliances (NMAs) are needed. To effectively use all the NMAs they must be front-ended by a load balancer or packet broker. At a high level these devices take in packet data from the network, inspect the traffic and intelligently (based upon some rules or policy) distribute the traffic to some number of NMAs that form the cluster. The NMAs may be homogenous (different instances of the same function) or heterogeneous (cluster of NMAs with different purposes such as security and performance monitoring).
There are numerous load balancer and packet broker products available in the market from companies such as F5 Networks and Gigamon. These products are certainly appropriate in some situations, but they are also very complicated and very expensive. Sometimes a simpler solution that has a targeted purpose with a much lower price point is more appropriate. This is where the ATLAS-1000 platform shines and delivers tremendous value to networking/security companies and their end users alike.
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