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Getting Started with Pulse vADC

Getting Started with Pulse vADC


Welcome to Pulse Secure Application Delivery solutions! Whether you are scaling out your secure access capabilities, or building the next-generation of high-performance online applications, Pulse vADC helps you build dynamic applications which are more resilient, more secure, and more responsive at global scale.

This article gives a quick five-step guide to how you can download Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager, including how to download the Community Edition of the software, installing and configuring your first services, and then how to request a full-performance 30-day license key to experience the full power of Pulse Application Delivery solutions.


1. Download Pulse vADC

The quickest way to get started with Pulse vADC is to download the Community Edition of Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager. This will give you access to all the features and full programmability of Pulse vADC software, including add-on options for web application firewall (WAF) and web content optimization (WCO). The software needs no license key, but is limited to 10 Mbps throughput, so it can be used to explore the software run applications in production.

2. Install Pulse vADC

Grab either the Software or Virtual Appliance (VMware, Xen or OracleVM) installation and follow the instructions in the appropriate Getting Started guide. We have created dedicated installation and configuration guides for each type of environment, as part of the documentation set for Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager - choose the right environment, and install the software and you are ready to go.
(You can find the complete set of user documentation here)

3. Discover Pulse vADC

These Pulse community pages include a wide range of resources to help you explore Pulse vADC solutions. From setting up simple services, through to remote management with REST and SOAP, and high-performance data-plane control using TrafficScript, Pulse gives you a comprehensive set of tools to differentiate and prioritise applications and services. See below for some good starting points!

4. Scale up Pulse vADC

Ready to scale up your performance? When you are ready to move to the next level, contact us to request a 30-day evaluation license to test the full power of Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager. You will be sent a license key by email, which you can upload into the Community Edition - then you can run complete performance and load testing in your own data center or cloud platforms. This evaluation license key will include Pulse Virtual Traffic Manager, again with add-on options for web application firewall (WAF) and web content optimization (WCO).

5. Five Ideas to Explore on the Pulse Community

Ok, so you have downloaded and installed Pulse vADC, and you want to find out how it can help you build smarter applications. You have already heard it is more than just a software load balancer, but where do you start with such a powerful platform? We have collected five of our favorite things to explore with Pulse vADC:

Smarter Load-Balancing with Pulse vADC

The first thing you can do with Pulse vADC is to set up a simple Load-Balancing Service for your application. We’ve made it really easy, with a built-in Wizard to gather the key information and set up your service. This great article covers the basic load-balancing, and then shows you how to set up host redirects, embedded inks and health monitors.

Getting Started with Pulse vADC and Load Balancing


Optimal Gateway Selection

cm-ogs.pngDo you need to improve the productivity of mobile users? Pulse vADC makes it easy to implement Optimal Gateway Selection (OGS), so that users are automatically connected to the nearest available application gateway.

For example, using
Pulse Connect Secure for mobile access and home workers, OGS will check the service availability each location, and then redirect new sessions to the nearest location, helping your business stay online.

Using DNS-based load-balancing, OGS uses geolocation to determine the nearest available gateway, and return the CNAME of the nearest gateway to redirect new sessions to the optimal location. In the background, OGS keeps track of the service health at each location, to ensure that new sessions are routes appropriately. OGS can even be customised to implement your own business policies, and even check license headroom at each location to ensure that sessions are evenly distributed between nearby locations.

Load-Balancing Remote Access Solutions

cm-lbsa.pngHow do you optimize the performance and utilization of application gateways? Do you need to balance sessions evenly across platforms of different sizes? Pulse vADC provides even distribution of sessions, even when server appliances and gateways have different sized capacity.

For example, using
Pulse Connect Secure Pulse vADC will check the health of each appliance, and balance license usage across each appliance in the cluster, steering traffic towards lightly-loaded appliances, increasing the utilisation of PCS appliances and licenses.


Using Smart Local Load Balancing, Pulse vADC can test the health and license usage at local PCS appliances, and route sessions in real time across the cluster, Pulse vADC applies session persistence even when used in a large cluster of appliances, and can even apply service protection methods such as shielding login screens against credential stuffing, and blocking sessions during times of high workloads.

What is a Traffic Manager, Anyway?

What’s the difference between a “Load Balancer” and an “ADC” - and what is a “Traffic Manager” anyway? Check out this short series of articles to look into the basics of load balancing, and how you can layer additional service control and protection for your applications.



What is a Traffic Manager, Anyway?

Three ways to Use Pulse Traffic Manager

How to set up Load Balancing

Health Monitoring with Pulse Traffic Manager

Content Caching for Dynamic Web Applications

Control and Flexibility with Pulse Traffic Manager

Controlling Service Levels with Pulse Traffic Manager

Fixing errors on a website with Pulse Traffic Manager



Global Load Balancing with Pulse vADC

When you ready, you can scale out your application to reach a global audience, with built-in Global Load Balancing. This short series of articles digs even deeper into how Global Load Balancing works, and looks at the different ways in which Pulse vADC can integrate with your DNS services to deliver global application resilience.



Global Load Balancing with Pulse vADC

The Layman's Guide to Global Load Balancing

Global Load Balancing and DNS

How does Pulse vADC Global Load Balancing Work?

An Insider's Guide to DNS and Global Load Balancing

Deployment Guide Global Load Balancing with Parallel DNS


6. Even More to Explore:


The Unique Traffic Manager Architecture
Traffic Manager is the core virtual cm-Arch-SoundByte.pngapplication engine which makes it all possible - this Feature Brief gives a great insight into how it works.

Pulse Traffic Manager Technical Architecture


Pulse vADC in Action

There cm-Mandel-SoundByte.pngis so much more to discover on the Pulse Community - this page has gathered some of our favorite examples, including inserting RSS feeds into your web pages, embedding Google Maps, watermarking PDFs, optimizing application performance,  protecting your web applications from spiders and other security challenges. Enjoy!

Top Pulse vADC Examples




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