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Application Delivery

Application delivery is a mechanism to deliver application functionality quickly and efficiently to users. Traditionally, hardware application delivery controllers (ADCs) were used to deliver applications. But cloud-native application delivery architectures (such as microservices) require a new application delivery solution — the software ADC. These solutions provide application delivery optimization by allowing enterprises to create a highly scalable application delivery model which makes application services available when required. It does this by automating the deployment of new ADCs when required.

Diagram depicting application delivery used by enterprise companies and small business to deliver software application to end users from their network on bare metal, virtualized, container and public cloud environments.

What Is Application Delivery?

Application delivery refers to the pool of services that combine to provide application functionality, usually web-based software applications, from the data centers or cloud environments where the required data processing and computing is executed to the application clients or end-users over the internet. The services for delivering applications on a network infrastructure aim to provide a reliable user experience by providing, load balancing, security, latency and TCP optimizations which combine to provide application content seamlessly. Business IT teams’ role in application delivery focuses on how applications are architected and managed within the data center, and cloud hosting services.

What Is An Application Delivery Network?

An application delivery network (ADN) provides application availability, security, visibility and acceleration. The technologies are deployed together in a combination of WAN optimization controllers (WOCs) and application delivery controllers (ADCs). The application delivery controller distributes traffic among many servers. The WAN optimization controller uses caching and compression to reduce the number of bits that flow over a network. ADNs typically assist in the acceleration of content delivery, especially immediate and dynamic content such as online gaming and trading.

What Is Application Delivery Management?

Application delivery management is the discipline of achieving fast, predictable and secure access to applications. Application delivery management provides delivery solutions by ensuring vital enterprise applications are available and responsive for users. This requires application delivery optimization for throughput, connections per second, security, troubleshooting, and analytics.

Benefits of Modern Application Delivery Systems?

A cloud-native application delivery system offers the following IT benefits:

• Simplified infrastructure: Replaces hardware-based application servers with a public cloud service that is better equipped to scale globally without compromising delivery quality.

• Reduced costs: Companies spend less on customer support when the user experience improves with application performance. A cloud-native application delivery process also saves on hardware acquisition and maintenance costs.

• Increased productivity: Efficiency is optimized when employees can quickly access the information and services on applications from any device, anywhere. A cloud-native application delivery process makes it possible for applications to perform faster.

• Improved end-user experience: Customers will increasingly use and prefer high performance applications made possible by an efficient cloud-based application delivery process.

What Does An Application Delivery Manager Do?

An Application Delivery Manager is responsible for the availability and responsiveness of an organization’s applications. They can use agile project management techniques to deliver products under an efficient application delivery model. The application delivery manager leads the planning process and prioritizes resources based on team capacity to create application delivery solutions.

Does Avi Networks offer Application Delivery?

Yes. Avi Networks delivers Intent-Based Application Services by automating intelligence and elasticity across any cloud. Software-defined application services from Avi Networks provide a flexible solution that go beyond load balancing to deliver pinpoint analytics, predictive autoscaling, multi-cloud traffic management and a cloud security solution.

For more on the actual implementation of load balancing, security applications and web application firewalls check out our Application Delivery How-To Videos.

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