Increasingly, applications are deployed across data centers and public clouds, including Microsoft Azure Public Cloud. 81% of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy and operate 5 clouds on average. If you are migrating applications to Azure, you need enterprise-grade application networking services and performance across multi-cloud environments.
VMware NSX Advanced Load Balancer Solution for Microsoft Azure
As an elastic, cloud-native load balancing and web application security solution for Microsoft Azure with built-in application analytics, NSX ALB delivers an enterprise-grade, software-defined solution that includes a Software Load Balancer, an Intelligent Web Application Firewall (iWAF), and a Container Ingress for container-based applications.
The platform delivers L4 – L7 application services across any cloud environment with central management. The architecture separates the data and control planes and deliver enterprise-grade Azure load balancing services, which includes elastic load balancing, GSLB, application security, real-time insights into application performance, predictive autoscaling, content-switching, caching, SSL offload, and end-to-end automation.
By reliably and securely delivering our applications, Avi Networks has become a key partner for our adoption of the Azure Cloud Platform.
Enterprise-Grade Microsoft Azure Cloud Service
Enterprise-class features and advanced policy support beyond Azure load balancing services.
- Multiple load balancing algorithms
- Advanced HTTP content switching capabilities
- Comprehensive persistence
- Customizable health monitoring
- DNS services and GSLB across multiple clouds.
100% REST APIs deliver an as-a-service experience with native Azure API integration.
- Python SDK, Ansible playbooks, and templates for automating configuration and operations.
- Native integration with Microsoft Azure APIs to spin up VMs, allocate IPs, integrate Azure DNS, and autoscale.
- CI/CD integration with support for blue-green deployments and canary upgrades.
Avi provides advanced security policies beyond the Azure Application Gateway and Azure Load Balancer.
- SSL offload and insights
- DDoS detection and mitigation
- Built-in WAF for web application security
- Network ACLs and advanced HTTP security policies
- Micro-segmentation in container environments
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Key Advantages of NSX ALB for Microsoft Azure
NSX ALB enables workload mobility and consistent experience across on-premises and multi-cloud environments. Simplified deployments are based on business metrics such as cost, performance, security, and compliance requirements.
The NSX ALB Controller cluster manages application services across multiple Virtual Networks (VNets). Auto virtual IP address allocation and auto DNS registration improve operations with full automation, application analytics, and centralized management.
Built-in security and analytics do not require third-party logging tools. NSX ALB helps to ease the migration of enterprise applications into Microsoft Azure cloud, and augments Azure load balancing services such as the Azure Load Balancer and Application Gateway.
Avi's full-featured, smart load balancing, web application firewall, and elastic service mesh integrate seamlessly with Azure to provide enhanced experiences centered on application performance, security, and ease-of-use.