Are appliances the answer?

Are appliances the answer?

Summary: Are appliances the answer? That depends entirely on the question of course.

TOPICS: Networking

Are appliances the answer? That depends entirely on the question of course. I've spoken with a number of suppliers who have "encapsulated" a function and are selling it as an appliance server. Cisco, for one, has made a living selling pieces of the networking stack as appliances. This time, I spoke with Coyote Point's Bill Kish.

If the target it providing simple, easy-to-use, functions, server appliances can most certainly be the answer. This makes a complex function easy for medium and small organizations to obtain the same tools and play on the same field with "the big boys." Coyote Point's products clearly are designed to make application acceleration,  high availability, load balancing, network security and a few other functions so easy that even an an analyst, such as my friend Dan Kusnetzky, to put them to use.

The challenges of this approach, are also obvious. The code within these appliance servers is often frozen in time and have a limited amount of scalability. For some functions, such as those being offered by Coyote Point, that's not an issue. Multiple appliance servers can be deployed when the requirements for a function outgrow the available resources. For other functions, this can be a problem.

If your organization is seeking easy to use networking and load balancing functions, I'd suggest giving Coyote Point's product some of your attention.

Topic: Networking


Daniel Kusnetzky, a reformed software engineer and product manager, founded Kusnetzky Group LLC in 2006. He's literally written the book on virtualization and often comments on cloud computing, mobility and systems software. In his spare time, he's also the managing partner of Lux Sonus LLC, an investment firm.

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  • Appliances are overpriced, overrated.

    There is absolutely nothing you can do with an appliance that can't be done on a PC. And PC's with thesolutions you need are way less expensive. They are easier to upgrade and support. As a matter of fact, all of the software is now out there for free.

    Appliance vendors have been selling you a bill of goods.
  • RE: Are appliances the answer?

    I guess you don't think much of the ease of use, ease of installation, etc. that an appliance server offers.

    I suspect that some small and medium size organizations don't have the skill set you seem to possess. So, they might find it a fair trade to have things pre-installed, pre-tuned and supported by someone else.

    As you say, however, appliance servers aren't for everyone. For those who need them, however, they can be very helpful.

    Dan K
  • RE: Are appliances the answer?

    Coyote Point is another fresh breath of air out there. Now you will have another option, another choice of all the products out there. - <a href="">GAR Labs</a>
    Gar Labs