Traffic Management
It's about the Application, not the bits!
by Lynn Nye, APM Advisors
Published August 2004, Posted September 2004




The theme for well-architected solutions is maintaining application continuity, which requires a solution to have a logical application presence. The delivery of application services based on the Web Network Architecture (WNA) Application Traffic Management (ApplTM) provides highly scalable performance and aligns with established operational methodology.


While Network Traffic Management (NTM) solutions have their role in networks, they are not infrastructure for the majority of large distributed networks. The challenges with deep packet inspection in the network and lack of operational visibility will keep them relegated to limited tasks.


It has and always will be about the applications in IT, but for the first time the application architecture is truly driving change. As architects it's important to be on the front-end of that curve and enjoy the longevity of your efforts.



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About the author:


APM Advisors was founded by R. "Lynn" Nye Jr., who has nearly 20 years experience in the IT industry.


Lynn has an extensive and diverse background in the computer networking industry. Recently he has returned to independent consulting, after founding and developing Centrisoft Corporation. Centrisoft is recognized as being one of the most innovative companies within the rapidly growing Application Performance Management marketplace.


Prior to Centrisoft, Lynn ran a successful consultancy (NetResults), where he provided a variety of professional services to a variety of clients, wrote over 100 industry articles and columns, as well as developed and delivered seminars throughout the US and Europe.


Earlier at Sync Research, Lynn had the opportunity to assist a company evolve from an engineering organization to a product company. Developing the product plans, industry relationships and press contacts that established the company as a serious contender in the early 90ís. Lynn was a founding member of the Frame Relay forum and toured extensively speaking on the application of Frame Relay within enterprise networks.


His most valuable experiences came from his time at First Interstate Bank, where he obtained an extensive understanding of not only IT related technologies, but the critical relationship between business and IT. During his tenure at the bank, he led teams in deploying the banks first LANs, handling the shift in networking services during the divestiture of AT&T and implementing a PoS (Point of Sale) network.


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