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Choosing a Load Balancing Algorithm Requires DevOps Fu

Knowing the algorithms is only half the battle, you’ve got to understand a whole lot more to design a scalable architecture.    Citrix’s Craig Ellrod has a series of blog posts on the basic (industry standard) load balancing... Read more
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Vertical Scalability Cloud Computing Style

Vertical scalability used to require optimizations inside the application, at the code level. Cloud computing changes the nature of vertical scalability and, one hopes, will lead to a new model of scalability based on the capabilities of... Read more
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WILS: Network Load Balancing versus Application Load Balancing

Are you load balancing servers or applications? Network traffic or application requests? If your strategy to application availability is network-based you might need a change in direction (up the stack).   ... Read more
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Picard and Dathon at El-Adrel

The importance of context in solving the problems created by tying web applications to deeply rooted local metaphors (IP addresses). The relationship between IP addresses and web applications to most end-users is much like the metaphorical... Read more
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It’s like load balancing. On steroids.

What is this application delivery thing that everyone keeps telling me I need? Isn’t that just the latest marketing term for load balancing? A recently released Forrester report concludes that “firms must develop and integrated strategy f... Read more
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Windows Vista Performance Issue Illustrates Importance of Context

Decisions about routing at every layer require context A friend forwarded a blog post to me last week mainly because it contained a reference to F5, but upon reading it (a couple of times) I realized that this particular post contained some very... Read more
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