Volterra Unveils Distributed Load Balancer
September 02, 2020
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Volterra​ announced new capabilities for its VoltMesh service to provide globally distributed networking and security for cloud-native, API-centric applications.

In contrast to point products like a load balancer or API gateway that were designed to provide a single function for legacy applications, VoltMesh provides multiple services for cloud-native workloads via a single SaaS platform for seamless collaboration, simplified automation and centralized observability. In addition.

“In the cloud-native world, DevOps has taken over responsibility for much of the networking and security work previously done by infrastructure and operations teams,” said Zeus Kerravala, Principal Analyst, ZK Research. “That leaves them with a double-whammy...getting apps deployed faster yet ensuring that microservices and APIs are performing properly. At the same time, they must be sure that everything is properly secured and policy is enforced across all clusters and clouds.”

To address these often conflicting requirements, Volterra has both significantly expanded its VoltMesh service and made it available as a free or paid self-service subscription.

VoltMesh directly addresses many of the operational challenges of distributed cloud-native applications by consolidating multiple networking and security services into a single SaaS-based offering. Instead of implementing a separate load balancer, API gateway and WAF for each cluster, DevOps can activate VoltMesh globally to provide all these services at every cluster with centralized management, end-to-end visibility and policy control. DevOps can dramatically accelerate deployment and simplify operations, while developers can achieve better code integration and application enablement vs. disparate services.

VoltMesh can be deployed in clusters across multiple cloud providers. It can also be seamlessly enabled within Volterra’s application delivery network (ADN) for securing and accelerating application performance to global users.

VoltMesh’s new API auto-discovery and control capabilities simplify the implementation of zero-trust security for cloud-native applications and multi-cloud environments. VoltMesh uses machine learning (ML) to automatically identify all APIs present in an application -- whether they were inserted by the current developer team or were legacy or open-source software components -- as well as learn normal user behavior. It then applies policy to whitelist just those APIs that are required -- automating zero-trust at the API-level.

DevOps and DevSecOps teams can more rapidly implement the controls required for new service rollouts while reducing the attack surface by only allowing APIs that the applications expose.

“When we founded Volterra, we envisioned a platform for application teams to deploy and operate distributed applications and infrastructure in a true cloud environment -- wherever needed,” said Ankur Singla, Volterra co-founder and CEO. “With the addition of a globally distributed load balancer, API gateway and strong API security, we are further bringing our vision to market and empowering DevOps with a cloud-native alternative to legacy point products.”

The updated VoltMesh service is available today as a free software download for base users with two multi-cloud clusters and a paid enterprise subscription for larger footprint and/or globally-distributed deployments.

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