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The Secret to Doing Cloud Scalability Right

Hint: The answer lies in being aware of the entire application context and a little pre-planning Thanks to the maturity of load balancing services and technology, dynamically scaling applications in pre-cloud and cloud computing environments is... Read more
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Infrastructure Scalability Pattern: Partition by Function or Type

A deeper dive on how to apply scalability patterns at the infrastructure layer. So it’s all well and good to say that you can apply scalability patterns to infrastructure and provide a high-level overview of the theory but it’s always much... Read more
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Applying Scalability Patterns to Infrastructure Architecture

Too often software design patterns are overlooked by network and application delivery network architects but these patterns are often equally applicable to addressing a broad range of architectural challenges in the application delivery tier of... Read more
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Business-Layer Load Balancing

One of the interesting points that discussions around intercloud brings up is the need for infrastructure to, if you’ll pardon the use of marketing jargon, align with the business. What that really means is that applications and their supporting... Read more
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How to recoup the costs associated with long URLs and variable names

Long URLs and variable names increase transfer size which wastes bandwidth and money o3 magazine has a great article on the impact of long URLs on bandwidth; specifically on how much bandwidth is wasted by excessively long URLs and variable names... Read more
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Layer 7 Switching + Load Balancing = Layer 7 Load Balancing

Modern load balancers (application delivery controllers) blend traditional load-balancing capabilities with advanced, application aware layer 7 switching to support the design of a highly scalable, optimized application delivery network.... Read more
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HTTP: The de facto application transport protocol of the Web

When the OSI defined its model it included a transport layer which was supposed to handle end-to-end connections and address communication reliability. In the early days of the web HTTP sat at the application layer (layer 7) and rode atop TCP, its... Read more
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