1. An introduction to AAN
This Essential Guide addresses application-aware networking (AAN), an evolving networking approach in which network environments adapt to meet the needs of applications rather than traditional network configuration and provisioning methods. AAN can rely on software-defined networking (SDN) and other forms of network virtualization, so its need for network resources is managed using software rather than hardware.
Laying the proper groundwork
2. Network virtualization and applications
AAN might be the next big thing in networking, but there are a lot of prerequisites. Your network needs to be virtualized and integrated, and many disparate components must be able to effectively communicate with each other. And on top of all that, you need to make your security measures are sufficient and up to date. For AAN to succeed, it is imperative to make sure you do the preliminary work to ensure a successful deployment.
The growing importance of ADCs
3. Application delivery controllers
As network complexity grows, so too does the importance of application delivery controllers (ADCs). These controllers can help alleviate many management headaches that a virtual network can bring and ensure you have the right level of application performance. But ADCs also have limitations that you need to be aware of, and it's very important to choose the right ADC for your organization's particular needs.