Crescendo streamlines cloud resource management

By Kevin Komiega

-- In an effort to improve resource management in cloud infrastructures and speed up online applications, Crescendo Networks has added controls and management features to its latest application delivery platform.

AppBeat DC (ADC), Crescendo's flagship product, facilitates high availability, scalability, acceleration and optimization for Web applications. AppBeat DC boosts overall application performance by offloading servers from process-intensive tasks and optimizing the delivery of applications to users.

Crescendo is now tailoring ADC for cloud computing and virtual application delivery with the launch of Virtual ADC (vADC) functionality for the AppBeat DC application delivery controller.

Virtual ADC (vADC) partitioning allows all ADC resources to be divided into multiple, business-oriented segments while another new feature, dubbed Elastic Resource Control, maintains application service levels using the minimum amount of server resources. The result is an efficient data center that consumes up to 30% less energy without sacrificing performance, according to Crescendo Networks' director of product management, Dan Sahar.

The cloud and virtualization features of vADC run on the new Maestro CN-7000 series, the company's latest application delivery hardware platform. The CN-7000 family includes the entry-level CN-7710, the CN-7740 for medium-to-large organizations, and the CN-7790 for the largest organizations, with up to 10Gbps throughput.

The Maestro CN-7000 series offers multi-gigabit acceleration, including compression, TCP multiplexing and SSL offload, and local and global load balancing.

The CN-7000 series also includes the new hardware-based Crescendo Rules Engine (CRE). The engine gives customers L7 traffic control and modification capabilities, allowing for management of Web traffic.

Sahar says the advent of cloud computing is a boon for the company.

"Oracle and Microsoft are moving their applications online and people are really starting to move toward cloud computing," says Sahar. "To support these trends you need performance, optimization and the ability to [flexibly] control data center resources."

Sahar says pricing for the Maestro CN-7000 series ranges from about $20,000 up to $100,000 for high-end systems.

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This article was originally published on May 06, 2009