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An Insider’s guide to DNS and Global Load Balancing

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-13-2015 01:00 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 01:26 PM by PaulWallace (2,192 Views)

(This article is the last in the series starting with In the previous article, we looked at the two different ways in which SteelApp can use DNS to provide a GLB service, and in this article, we take a closer look at the way DNS works in detail.DNS in more detailBehind the scenes, the DNS system is ...

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How does SteelApp Global Load Balancing Work?

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-08-2015 03:16 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 01:35 PM by PaulWallace (2,181 Views)

(This article is part of a series starting with In the previous article, we covered how the Internet uses the DNS service to resolve addressing between different data center locations, and in this article, we look at how SteelApp implements a Global Load Balancing service. SteelApp Traffic Manager can...

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What's New in SteelApp Traffic Manager 9.9

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-06-2015 12:08 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2015 01:36 PM by Community Manager (1,837 Views)

Brocade SteelApp™ Traffic Manager 9.9 offers increased flexibility simpler implementation for Global Load Balancing, and integration with open-source security workflow tools for faster resolution of application security vulnerabilities.What's New?Enhanced Global Load Balancing, with a built-in DNS...

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Global Load Balancing, DNS and the Internet

by pwallace_1 on ‎12-18-2014 07:10 AM - last edited on ‎08-11-2015 01:41 PM by Community Manager (2,585 Views)

(This article is part of a series starting with Telephone Directories and Call CentersIn the previous article in this series, we looked at the basic concepts of Global Load Balancing, and compared it to a Global Telephone Directory. In this article, we will see how the Internet uses a system called “...

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The Layman’s Guide to Global Load Balancing

by pwallace_1 on ‎12-11-2014 03:59 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 01:54 PM by PaulWallace (1,561 Views)

(This article is part of a series starting with Telephone Directories and Call CentersIn this new series of articles, I delve into the topic of Global Load Balancing, how it works, and how you can use SteelApp to enhance application delivery for all applications, wherever they are based.Let’s start ...

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Back to Basics - Global Load Balancing With SteelApp

by pwallace_1 on ‎12-11-2014 03:59 PM - last edited on ‎08-11-2015 12:48 PM by Community Manager (3,451 Views)

In the last Back to Basics series, I looked at what “ADCs” and “Traffic Managers” actually do, and how they differ from ordinary “Load Balancers.” In this new series of articles, I am going to look at the topic of Global Load Balancing, how it works, and how you can use SteelApp to enhance application...

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What's New in SteelApp Traffic Manager 9.8

by pwallace_1 on ‎09-22-2014 11:13 AM - last edited on ‎12-13-2016 09:04 AM by PaulWallace (3,047 Views)

Brocade® SteelApp™ Traffic Manager 9.8  offers increased security through TLS 1.2, DNS over TCP based Global Server Load Balancing, powerful new TrafficScript functions and enhanced networking capabilities for AWS VPC deploymentsWhat's New?Stronger transaction security, with support for TLS 1.2Support...

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CONGRATULATIONS to some key community members!!!

by aidan.clarke on ‎08-18-2014 11:18 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 03:46 PM by PaulWallace (1,271 Views)

Hey everyone! Just wanted to take the time to call out an outstanding level of input and participation from two community members: and ! These two are always trawling the halls of the discussions here on Riverbed Splash, adding value where ever they go!To thank them, I have just awarded them both ...

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SteelCentral Services Controller for SteelApp now supports CentOS

by mikeiem on ‎08-13-2014 03:38 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 03:47 PM by PaulWallace (1,258 Views)

I just wanted to make sure everyone knows that we now support CentOS for SSC. It is targeted at organizations that require SSC or the micro instance host deployments on a standardized RedHat-based operating system. CentOS 6.5 is required with the software available as a RPM package which includes all...

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What's New in SteelApp Traffic Manager 9.7

by pwallace_1 on ‎08-08-2014 05:43 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 03:49 PM by PaulWallace (3,155 Views)

Riverbed® SteelApp™ Traffic Manager 9.7 can now be deployed on the Microsoft Azure platform, and includes a range of new features for performance, security and availability for global enterprises.What's New?Extend the reach of SteelApp Traffic Manager in the cloud with support for Microsoft Azure VHD...

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Fantastic article on upgrading SteelApp Traffic Manager Virtual Appliances

by aidan.clarke on ‎08-05-2014 06:47 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 03:52 PM by PaulWallace (1,603 Views)

Hello Splasher!Just a quick post to draw your attention to a fantastic article written by one of our awesome engineers on a topic that comes up often: "Just what is the best way to upgrade my Virtual Appliances when a new version of SteelApp Traffic Manager comes out?"This article is definitely worth...

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What's New in SteelCentral™ Services Controller for SteelApp 1.3

by mikeiem on ‎07-31-2014 08:55 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 03:54 PM by PaulWallace (2,489 Views)

Version 1.3 delivers new licensing options and migration tools for ADC-as-a-Service DeploymentRiverbed® SteelCentral™ Services Controller (SSC) for SteelAppTM release 1.3 delivers new capabilities and licensing options that increase the flexibility and ease with which customers can deploy an application...

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What's new in SteelApp Puppet Module 0.6.0?

by fmemon on ‎07-09-2014 03:55 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2015 10:26 AM by PaulWallace (1,576 Views)

Version 0.6.0 of the Stingray Puppet module is now available on Puppet Forge. This release adds support for local users, permission groups, and failure pools.Local UsersLocal Users are SteelApp Administration Server user accounts that are managed internally by the traffic manager software.  This allows...

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What's New in Stingray Traffic Manager 9.6

by mikeiem on ‎04-14-2014 04:16 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:05 PM by PaulWallace (2,088 Views)

NEW VERSION 9.6 Accelerates Microsoft® SharePoint™ 2013 and Enhances AWS ScalabilityRiverbed® Stingray™ Traffic Manager 9.6 delivers new capabilities that allow enterprises and service providers faster page loads for Microsoft™ SharePoint™ 2013, increased reliability and scalability on Amazon Web Services...

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Fixing errors on a website with Stingray

by pwallace_1 on ‎03-28-2014 02:46 AM (1,713 Views)

Most people start off using Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager to improve the availability and reliability of a website, then focus on how they can improve its performance and response time, but Stingray really starts to shine when you discover how easy it is to enhance the presentation of your website... Read more...

Controlling Service Levels with Stingray

by pwallace_1 on ‎03-05-2014 07:05 AM (2,070 Views)

Bandwidth is a limited resource for many websites, and in this article, we’ll investigate how you can use Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager to make the most of that resource, by controlling the level of service that different users get as they access your website.On your web site, you might have a range... Read more...

Control and Flexibility with Stingray Traffic Manager

by pwallace_1 on ‎02-17-2014 12:02 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:15 PM by PaulWallace (2,631 Views)

We have covered load balancing, health monitoring and some caching in my last blog, and now it’s time to look at why Stingray Traffic Manager really shines when you need to add more control your applications.First, Stingray gives you closer control over services and users and transactions, and lets ...

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How to Enable IP Forwarding on Stingray Traffic Manager

by diesell66 on ‎02-13-2014 12:48 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:16 PM by PaulWallace (1,453 Views)

In just a few simple steps, you can turn on IP Forwarding on your Stingray Traffic Manager    Here are the detailed steps for enabling IP Forwarding STM:Modify the global.cfg file:You can find this file at /opt/zeus/zxtm/global.cfg (or whatever custom path you used for install)Modify the file (using...

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In this series of articles, we have covered the key aspects of load balancing and health monitors to improve availability of web applications, and now it’s time to look at how you can use simple caching to improve the performance of your applications.Imagine a website which uses a database to hold transactions... Read more...

Health monitoring with Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-26-2014 04:02 PM (2,493 Views)

In the previous article on load balancing, we showed how easy it is to create a new service with Stingray software. Stingray can use a range of different algorithms to distribute the workload, but in this article we will look at how we monitor the performance and health of all the web servers which ... Read more...

How to set up load balancing using Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-20-2014 06:28 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:21 PM by PaulWallace (3,765 Views)

In the two previous articles, I covered some of the basic concepts, but now it is time to look at the first stage that most people start with – simple load balancing. Setting up basic services is made easier in Stingray Traffic Manager using Wizards, and for simple load balancing we use the Manage a...

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Launch Stingray into a Virtual Private Cloud with 1 click

by jyoung_1 on ‎01-13-2014 06:22 AM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:28 PM by PaulWallace (1,402 Views)

Amazon's virtual private cloud infrastructure is now the default networking option for multi-tier applications in the AWS cloud. It enables the provisioning of a logically isolated section of the AWS cloud where you can launch resources in a virtual network that you define. You have control over your...

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Three ways to use Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-06-2014 05:02 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:33 PM by PaulWallace (2,771 Views)

In the first article in this series, I used the example of a call center to show how an ADC or Traffic Manager helps to control the traffic flow in and out of applications. In this second installment, we will look at how a powerful ADC such as Riverbed Stingray gives you much greater availability, performance...

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Back to Basics - What is a Traffic Manager, Anyway?

by pwallace_1 on ‎01-06-2014 04:02 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:43 PM by PaulWallace (4,793 Views)

I was asked recently about what “ADCs” and “Traffic Managers” actually do, and how they differ from ordinary “Load Balancers,” and I was reminded of how I first learned about it. So in this series of articles, I will cover some of the key features that can make real a difference to your applications...

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In a previous video we showed how to bring up Stingray Traffic Manager in a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Now we will walk through the deployment of a cluster of Stingray Traffic Managers in a VPC on AWS. The clustering feature as well as other features such as SSL offloading... Read more...

Version 0.5.0 of the Puppet module out

by fmemon on ‎12-18-2013 06:19 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2015 11:01 AM by PaulWallace (1,467 Views)

Special thanks to Ed Lim (@limed) again of the Mozilla Corporation for contributing to this release.  This release adds support for Aptimizer Express, new in Stingray Traffic Manager 9.5, along with some other changes.timeout and connect_timeoutThese are parameters for virtual servers that specify when...

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What's new in Stingray Traffic Manager 9.5

by mikeiem on ‎12-09-2013 12:16 PM - last edited on ‎05-29-2015 04:47 PM by PaulWallace (3,513 Views)

Riverbed Stingray Traffic Manager 9.5 is the first and only Application Delivery Controller to offer active-active failover for the highest level of availability and scalability on Amazon AWS. This release also includes a number of interoperability features, hassle-free web content optimization, as ...

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Version 0.4.0 of the Puppet module out

by fmemon on ‎11-13-2013 01:43 PM - last edited on ‎06-02-2015 11:15 AM by PaulWallace (1,393 Views)

Version 0.4.0 of the Stingray Puppet module is now available on Puppet Forge.  This release includes some under-the-hood changes as well as support for bandwidth management classes.Bandwidth Management classesBandwidth Management classes are used to limit the network resources that a set of connections...

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Riverbed announced today that it has been positioned by Gartner as the only vendor in the Visionaries quadrant of the 2013 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers authored by Mark Fabbi, Neil Rickard, Bjarne Munch, and Andrew Lerner, and published in October, 2013. In the report, Gartner... Read more...

An Alternative To Content Delivery Networks

by jyoung_1 on ‎09-17-2013 05:53 AM (1,493 Views)

Where you are nowMany web applications serve a geographically distributed user base. Site operators often utilize content delivery network (CDN) services to address performance issues that result from a globally dispersed set of users. As adoption of CDNs has increased users consistently cite challenges... Read more...