Kemp Technologies, which makes load balancers and application deliver controllers (ADCs), has announced new features for its monitoring and analytics service, called 360 Vision.
Using on-premises collector software, 360 Vision can now collect and analyze data from third-party load balancers. The goal is to provide monitoring, correlation, and predictive analytics for Kemp’s own products, as well as load balancers from F5 and NGINX.
360 Vision is a cloud platform that ingests information from load balancers and ADCs. It correlates and analyzes this information to spot potential problems, alert administrators with early warnings, and provide a central monitoring location for distributed load balancing and ADC instances, whether physical or virtual.
Kemp has developed a suite of rules engines, based on actual support tickets captured from customers, to help spot symptoms of potential problems and identify the root causes of issues.
Collector software, which sits on the customer premises and can be deployed on all major hypervisors, gathers information such as syslog, WMI, and SNMP data from load balancers and ADCs. The software includes some local processing capabilities for immediate analysis, and also ships this information to the cloud service.
Customers can now collect data from F5 and NGINX as well as Kemp load balancers, and have it shipped up to 360 Vision for predictive analytics.
Exploding The Load Balancer
Load balancers and ADCs came of age in the big-box era. Network engineers would deploy high-powered, hardware appliances in front of traditional three-tier application stacks. The appliances would then mediate connections and distribute loads, acting as either a control point or choke point, depending on your perspective.
While centralized load balancers and ADCs still exist, more modular application architectures have emerged, and load balancers have changed to suit those architectures. Instead of a cluster of giant hardware boxes, application architects and developers can spin up software load balancers or ADCs and place them closer to the actual workloads.
Most load balancer/ADC vendors, Kemp included, offer virtual versions of their products that can function in highly distributed application environments. Kemp calls this approach “per-app load balancing.”
360 Vision is a key part of Kemp’s strategy to stay relevant in this new environment. Adding third-party support to 360 Vision is a smart move. The predictive analytics component adds a layer of value, both for basic monitoring and troubleshooting, in heterogeneous environments.
In addition, the more information Kemp collects from its own products and from third-party devices, the better its analytics should perform.
If you’d like to get Kemp’s perspective on per-app load balancing and an overview of its offerings, the company was a presenter at Networking Field Day 20, where I was a delegate. You can see Kemp’s presentations, and hear all the delegates’ questions, here.