Radware vDirectADC Management Orchestration Plug-In
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vDirect is the industry's first management orchestration plug-in for ADC and security services designed for software defined data centers (SDDC) and private/hybrid cloud environments. It simplifies application delivery and security services lifecycle management via multi-tenant service catalog. vDirect provides the necessary building blocks and management interfaces (REST, SOAP, CLI) to integrate with leading virtualization infrastructures and orchestration systems.
Radware provides a unique automation solution which interoperates with leading cloud and orchestration systems such as OpenStack, Cisco ACI and VMware NSX / vRO for load balancing and security as a service.
What Does vDirect Do?
Radware's vDirect is the industry's first ADC service automation engine designed for virtual data centers and clouds. vDirect is offered as a CLI tool, a fully functional REST API, and a pre-integrated plugin for select working environments such as VMware vCloud Director, OpenStack, VMware vCenter Orchestrator and Red Hat RHEV-M. It provides building blocks for provisioning and managing ADC services and instances throughout their lifecycle in an operational production data center.
What Makes vDirect Better?
vDirect ADC service management automation engine enables the orchestration system to provision, decommission, configure and monitor Virtual Application Delivery Infrastructure (VADI) virtual ADCs, and computing resources within a virtual data center. This integration allows all of Radware's vADCs to be centrally managed and take part in virtual data center day-to-day operations and workflow automation, unleashing the full agility of complete application services and end-to-end service creation.
vDirect ADC Service management automation engine offers a variety of unique features:
The ability to manage pools of ADC devices across diverse hardware platforms (Alteon or x86 hypervisor) through a single interface
The ability to define granular operational workflows and group workflows into runbook automation procedures
The ability to bare metal provision ADC virtual appliances in VMware and RHEV server virtualization environments
Operationally optimized integration into VMware vCloud Director and OpenStack cloud management platform
Integral Component of Radware's VADI
vDirect plug-in is a key component of Radware's virtual application delivery infrastructure (VADI) architecture. It abstracts complex application delivery and security services into simple templates deployed across a network wide fabric and eliminates manual configuration by automating repetitive service provisioning tasks. The integration of vDirect with leading orchestration systems exposes Radware's VADI and AMS solutions' rich set of services both to the application and network administrators. It significantly reduces provisioning and maintenance time of application delivery and security services.
By transforming standard ADC infrastructure into a virtual application delivery control plane, Radware VADI bridges the underlying hardware resources and caters to various application needs in terms of service level assurance, performance predictability and security and delivers maximal agility to the application delivery space. vDirect's extended automation capabilities enables bare-metal provisioning of ADC instances per application or into tenant networks and eliminates the need to overprovision ADC resources.
Supporting Leading Virtualization Ecosystems
Radware vDirect plug-in is fully integrated with all industry leading virtualization infrastructures, including VMware vRealize, VMware NSX, Cisco APIC/ACI and OpenStack.
vDirect Integration with Cisco ACI (APIC)
vDirect complements Cisco's Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) in its vision to be the unifying point of automation and management for the application centric infrastructure fabric. vDirect enriches Cisco APIC service catalog with an additional set of predefined L4-L7 application delivery and security services. It adds an abstraction layer which simplifies the entire configuration life-cycle of complex application delivery and security services, transforming it into simple workflows based on predefined AppShape templates per application. vDirect's integration with Cisco APIC currently supports Radware's Alteon ADC, DefensePro DDoS and AppWall web application firewall.
As a result, vDirect enables all IT administrators (not just ADC and security experts) to efficiently deploy ADC and security services, using physical or virtual ADC appliances, in a fast, secure and highly-available manner using the Cisco APIC controller as the single-pane-of-glass.
vDirect Integration with VMWare NSX
vDirect empowers VMware NSX platform to bring network virtualization and security for the software-defined data center (SDDC), extending its networking capabilities with Layer 4-7 functionality. Radware's vDirect plug-in enables full integration of advanced application delivery services into VMware's application provisioning workflow services. The result is an automated process for new application rollout which includes advanced ADC services. A key advantage of vDirect is the ability of the IT administrator to create and manage L4-L7 services all from within the VMWare orchestration systems. vDirect's integration with VMWare NSX currently supports Radware's Alteon VX and VA ADC.
It offers vendors templates that eliminate repetitive and time-consuming procedures related to ADC services provisioning and configuration lifecycle management.
vDirect Integration with OpenStack Neutron
Load Balancing as a Service (LBaaS)
OpenStack, the open-source cloud operating system, controls and manages network resources and services throughout the data center. As an active developer in the OpenStack community, Radware contributes its code for the OpenStack Neutron networking module, allowing standardization of the API that can be leveraged to benefit the full breadth of Layer 4-7 functionality and resources in a simple fashion. With vDirect's plug-in, Radware's ADC solution not only fully interoperates with Neutron LBaaS, but it adds another layer of abstraction to the OpenStack environment by automating the creation of new virtual ADC instances and provisioning high availability vADC pairs across different machines.
The unique deployment architecture model of the Alteon ADC in an OpenStack environment allows it to bypass the Neutron network gateway (and thus eliminate the bottleneck it creates), while maintaining fault and resource isolation per tenant. The result is a highly efficient ADC service deployment for OpenStack. vDirect's integration supports both LBaaS V1 and LBaaS V2 and the latest OpenStack release (Kilo).
For customers who require more advanced Layer 7 services than those included in the Neutron LBaaS API, vDirect offers a RESTful API with direct access to all Alteon's advance capabilities.
Fit Any Data Center and Virtual Infrastructure Size
Radware's vDirect plug-in provides automation and management benefits for any customer using virtualization infrastructure. This includes SMBs using basic automatic workflows such as on demand virtual machine (VM) resources allocation through large enterprises and cloud service providers that implement fully automated service provisioning from VMs and storage to ADCs.
Full Business Agility and Resource Elasticity
Radware's vDirect plug-in improves business agility by ensuring the application delivery layer is constantly aligned with the changes in the virtual infrastructure. This includes provisioning/decommissioning a vADC instance as part of endto- end service creation; or automatically adding/removing computing resources to hosted applications while aligning the vADC configuration with the changes.
Drives IT Efficiency via Workflow Automation
vDirect plug-in integrates Radware's application delivery controller and attack mitigation system (AMS) in the software defined datacenter (SDDC) and the private/hybrid clouds workflow automation, driving greater levels of IT efficiency and extracting more value from Radware's ADC and security solutions.
Facilitates Creation of a Cross Data Center Service Delivery Control Plane
Radware's vDirect plug-in allows Radware VADI to share availability and performance based key performance indicators (KPIs) with the cloud orchestration, thus creating a service delivery control plane that continuously determines the most adequate data center to serve each end-user.
Features and Benefits:
- Resource pool management abstracts the compute resources available for ADC operations providing a single interface for ADC service automation – no heavy lifting coding for the customer
- Pre-defined ADC service workflows offer common functionality without development effort helping customers rapidly enjoy the benefits of automation
- Configurable workflows allowing cloud and datacenter operators to custom define ADC service workflows to best address their business requirements
- REST API allows customers to leverage automation in custom and unique ways to help them better align with business requirements
- Native Support for VMware vCloud Director, VMware vCenter Orchestrator, VMware vFabric Application Director Cloud Management platforms for seamless integration of ADC services into cloud self-service
- Native support for VMware and RHEV virtualization management infrastructure allowing to dynamically provision Alteon Virtual Appliance
- Native Support for OpenStack and RHEV-M Linux based Cloud and Virtualization management platforms
Automate and Abstract ADC and Security Services with vDirect
Download the Radware vDirect Plug-in Datasheet (PDF).