Once upon a time, load balancing in most application stacks was heavily dependent on hardware. More modern virtualized and cloud-based infrastructures offer increased agility and scalability at a lower cost, but are frequently plagued by compromised performance.
Features and functionality are meaningless if applications can’t perform. And, for companies still relying on hardware-based application delivery controllers (ADCs) or load balancers, application performance and scalability could be a serious issue.
Software load balancers – like NGINX Plus – might be the best news for your applications and your business at large.