Load balancers have been around for decades now and have established themselves as key fixtures in ensuring an application’s resilience and availability. We’ve seen them evolve to include capabilities that can protect an application against threats and attacks, in addition to improving overall performance.

Many enterprise organizations are in the midst of migrating significant portions of their infrastructure to the cloud, starting with their traditional on-premises applications. They’re developing new generations of applications that are born in the cloud and, ultimately, reside there permanently.

So, where does this leave the traditional hardware load balancer that typically resides in the on-prem datacenter? Are they still needed in the cloud?

Absolutely. Load balancing has become an inherent part of current application architectures and is now deployed completely in software as a VM or in a container, independent of physical hardware.

There are three key requirements for a load balancer in the cloud that we believe are essential for customers migrating their applications to the cloud: automation, manageability, and flexibility.

Join me and Chiradeep Vittal with Ethan Banks from Packet Pushers for a webinar on Tuesday, March 21st that explores the challenges many of our customers are facing in their march to the cloud and how NetScaler is evolving to meet their needs for load balancing and more in the cloud.