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Radware Leverages VMware Virtualization to Extend Its Application Delivery Solution for the Virtual Data Center
Radware, the leading provider of integrated application delivery solutions for business-smart networking, today announced it has built its vAdapter(TM) on the VMware platform. vAdapter is a free of charge, easy to deploy tool that ensures real-time, automatic synchronization of the application delivery controller (ADC) configuration with any relevant changes in the virtual environment. The solution is Radware's newest addition to its application delivery suite, integrating with the company's award-winning AppDirector and VirtualDirector products as well as with the Alteon Application Switch.

Given that data center managers continue to struggle to reduce costs while maintaining high levels of performance, combined with the dynamics of the virtual data center compared to the physical data center, the challenge of keeping the application delivery controller (ADC) aligned with application resources is becoming much more complex. With Radware's vAdapter, companies are able to prevent configuration errors and reduce expensive operating costs that are commonplace when changes occur in the data center. IT administrators can use the solution to easily map between a cluster of virtual machines (VMs) that define a service in the virtual environment and its corresponding configuration from the ADC viewpoint. Once a new VM is added or removed from the virtual service cluster, vAdapter automatically configures the ADC accordingly, in real-time.

"vAdapter effectively leverages VMware virtualization to solve ADC challenges, enabling customers to fully benefit from a simple, end-to-end provisioning process in the virtual data center," said Shekar Ayyar, vice president, infrastructure alliances, VMware. "We are pleased that Radware is helping to deliver added value to customers with innovative technology that leverages VMware vSphere(TM) and VMware vCenter(TM) Server, building on a foundation of efficiency, control and choice VMware virtualization offers."

By installing vAdapter into VMware environments, Radware's ADC customers considerably reduce operating expenses thanks to reducing constant coordination between the network and server team, which eliminates the need for frequent manual configuration updates. In addition, vAdapter lowers the risk involved with rapid application deployment due to its automation capabilities, which prevents the human errors that are typical in manual configuration and script writing processes. All configuration changes -- whether automatic or manually confirmed -- are also logged, providing a complete audit trail for compliance and change control purposes.

"In today's competitive virtualization market, the need to offer a solution for the data center and cloud-computing environments that enables businesses to bring cost-savings and performance benefits to a network is non-negotiable," said Nir Ilani, Product Marketing Director Application Delivery, Radware. "Being able to leverage the VMware platform helped us create a product that eliminates the concerns associated with configuration changes in the data center, and adds to our notable track record of delivering business-smart solutions that help customers maximize the value of their investments in virtualization."

vAdapter is available as a free of charge downloadable software and is easily deployed as an Open Virtual Machine Format (OVF) Virtual Appliance designed for VMware environments. Offering integration with VMware APIs, vAdapter is provided as a plug-in to VMware vCenter(TM) Server or as a standalone Web-based management tool, and does not require additional installation. The solution also integrates with Radware's AppDirector and Alteon Application Switch products, third-party management systems, and supports multiple ADC devices.

In 2008, Radware joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program. With more than 1,200 members worldwide, the program works with best-of-breed technology partners to provide a comprehensive set of technical and marketing services, support, tools and expertise to deliver enhanced value to joint customers.

For more information on vAdapter, please visit http://www.radware.com/Products/ApplicationDelivery/vAdapter.aspx

Published Tuesday, December 01, 2009 7:03 AM by David Marshall
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