This new release of Pulse Services Director introduces significant enhancements for managing large numbers of Traffic Managers in an Enterprise deployment. Services Director 18.1 extends our vision for powerful enterprise capabilities, and includes options for intuitive graphical analysis and centralized logging, so you can gain a deeper understanding of how your all your applications are performing.
In this release, Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager offers a full implementation of TLS session tickets, to support faster re-establishment of sessions in large-scale clusters. To support this, there are additional changes to the REST API and supported cipher suites.
In this new release, Brocade Services Director supports configurations where Services Director is running behind NAT. In addition, this release has been designated as an LTS (Long Term Support) release.
Organizations looking to get on top of the volume of unstructured data flooding their data centers need look no further than the Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) with Brocade Virtual Application Delivery Controllers (vADC).
In this new release, Brocade Services Director supports centralized authentication for additional security and user management, including authentication of users against an LDAP, RADIUS or TACACS+ server - for all users accessing services director via REST API, CLI and GUI.
This latest version of Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager includes enhanced flexibility for management, control and more deployment options, including DHCP enabled on admin interfaces, delayed fail-back and PROXY protocol support.
Letsencrypt.org is a free and automated Certificate Authority that makes it easy for organizations to secure websites. It can set up TLS certificates very easily, limited to one domain name (i.e., www.domain.com) and has the advantage that it supports both RSA and ECC certificates.
In this article, we show an example of how to configure Let’s Encrypt to work with Brocade vADC, including:
Issue new certificates
Automated renewal of certificates
Install certificates and tools
Use both RSA and ECC for performance and maximum compatibility
This new release of Brocade vTM extends the performance and capability of the new Data Plane Acceleration (DPA) mode, first introduced in Brocade vTM 11.0. This new architecture allows lower-latency and higher-throughput traffic management, and can drive up to 120 Gbps L4 throughput and 1 million L4 connections per second on commodity x86 hardware. This means Brocade vTM can now deliver a combination of high L4 throughput and rich L7 services.
This version of the Brocade Services Director makes it easier to automate the creation of new services, with the ability for auto-registration of externally deployed instances of Brocade vTM, whether in private cloud or AWS deployments.
Never before has the choice of business application impacted an organization’s competitive edge as much as it does today. In fact, enterprises are spending up to a third of their IT budgets on Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications alone—along with more spending for other business applications to streamline processes
Instead of this dystopian sprawl, what if we could use a single license that is based on traffic throughput and allows us to allocate as many ADC functions as we like tied back to that throughput allocation, managed by that single license?
The Brocade Services Director makes it easier to manage large numbers of externally deployed instances of Brocade vTM, allowing self-registration of instances, which simplifies the creation and upgrade of large-scale ADC deployments. In addition, this version provides support to define authentication profiles using external sources such as LDAP, Active Directory, RADIUS and TACACS+.
The Brocade Virtual Traffic Manager 10.4 (Brocade vTM) offers support for ECDSA ciphers, providing significant performance and throughput advantages over earlier versions. In addition, this version also includes support for self-registration when used with Brocade Services Director, which simplifies the creation and upgrade of large-scale ADC deployments.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and the more recent Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols are the cornerstones of Internet security, providing a standard for authenticated transactions using secure key exchange and encryption. With support for TLS 1.2, Brocade vTM provides a wider range of protocol support, including the use of stronger ciphers for authentication, allowing clients to specify which hash and signature algorithms they will accept. Brocade vTM also permits full control over the selection of security settings per virtual server, per pool, or as a global setting, to suit a range of enterprise deployment options.
At peak demand, ADCs assign more bandwidth to the apps and Web pages that need it.
But higher traffic volumes and changing traffic patterns make it difficult to predict peak times or manage the workload. Load balancing appliances meet workload requirements less than half the time, and often add to your performance headaches...
Brocade vTM, as a software ADC can be deployed on any x86 cloud platform. It's so simple to deploy on top of Linux or Solaris, that I'm sure people have been spinning up vTMs on Googles Compute Engine for a while now. But with the release of vTM 10.3 in December we now have an official Virtual Appliance available. It's probably about time some one published an Auto-Scaling driver too....
Highlights in this new release of Brocade Services Director 2.3 include Cluster Traffic Light Status: the Services Director dashboard will display the status of clusters using a traffic light indicator (red/amber/green) as well as the detailed status of up to ten Virtual Servers managed within each cluster.