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Are We Ready For Software-Defined Application Delivery?


First the Earth cooled, and then we all started focusing on performance-obsessiveness for cloud applications. Software application developers moving more adroitly into the virtualized-hosted cloud application space may have heard of Akamai, a firm known for its content delivery network (CDN) for media and software delivery.

A smaller name, but (this week at least) louder voice in this space is Instart Logic with its Cloud Application Delivery Service with accompanying Instart Logic Security Suite.

Instantly easy to misspell, Instart (not Instant) Logic says that the technologies here combined to comprise an end-to-end client-cloud software-defined application delivery (SDAD) base that by provides multi-layered protection against DDoS attacks and other cybersecurity threats.

The offering includes a new ProxyWall service that provides advanced web application firewall and origin protection capabilities.

From the firm's own "What Is?" pages we can read:

Software-Defined Application Delivery (SDAD) is an architectural approach that decouples the hardware and network from the software used to deliver applications. The controller software that enables a software-defined application delivery system provides policy management and orchestration of feature options like streaming, de-duplicating, transcoding, re-sizing, and caching. Software-defined application delivery relies on the virtualization of applications in the web browser to provide fine grained, on-the-fly control of application components that can be orchestrated in a holistic, end-to-end manner, instead of FEO (Front End Optimization technologies) and other brittle, source code rewriting-based techniques. This is vitally important for personalized applications where application content is specific to the end user and programmatically determined at run time. SDAD is a software-based architectural approach that provides control, extensibility, and performance that cannot be achieved with traditional application delivery technologies like CDNs.

Key end-to-end features and capabilities of the Security Suite include: Secure ProxyWall to combine web application firewall capabilities with origin protection, DDoS protection that absorbs denial of service (DoS) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, protecting the origin, and PCI DSS Level 1 compliance, the highest level of PCI compliance.

"Instart Logic uses the same open source web application firewall engine and rule set for its Security Suite that are standard in the application delivery market," said Peter Blum, vice president of product management, Instart Logic. "What sets us apart is our patented SDAD platform, which delivers unmatched application performance — especially over wireless networks. Now, customers don't have to choose between speed and security."

This multi-layered approach to security builds on Instart Logic's client-cloud SDAD platform, used organizations to improve web application performance on mobile devices.


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