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Avi Boosts Container Support for ADC

Mitch Wagner

Avi Networks on Wednesday introduced support for Mesosphere container management for deploying cloud applications with greater flexibility and responsiveness to traffic demands.

Avi Networks is a startup providing software-defined application delivery controllers (ADCs) and load balancers, a market dominated by hardware appliances from F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) and Citrix Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CTXS) (about whom Avi CEO Amit Pandey had some blistering things to say in September: Avi's Fire-Breathing New CEO Scorches Competitors.)

Avi touts greater flexibility for virtual ADCs and load balancers -- the usual benefits of software-defined New IP networks.

Avi adds support for the so-called "data center operating system" from Mesosphere, which is container orchestration software based on Apache Mesos, to allow enterprises to deploy applications as microservices -- tiny components running on containers. (See Containers a Critical Piece of Telecom's Future.)

The Avi Vantage Platform works with Mesosphere Datacenter Operating System (DCOS) and Docker containers across thousands of DCOS nodes.

Among the features of the combined software: Service discovery allows microservices to find each other across the cloud; application mapping creates diagrams of how applications are connecting to each other for real-time performance monitoring; and microsegmentation controls how services communicate with each other for security. The software also provides analytics, load balancing and autoscaling.

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"These are core requirements for any Global 1,000 companies that want to deploy microservices," Pandey tells Light Reading. "Without them, microservices are a no-go."

Over the next few months, Avi plans to integrate with alternatives to Mesos, specifically Google Kubernetes and Docker Swarm.

The Avi software is available now, available free to developers, and priced per Mesos node for production services, with volume discounts available. Mesos nodes can be physical machines or virtual machines.

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