Virtual Appliance Deployment Best Practices

Virtualized environments, by using VMware vSphere Hypervisor, have become a popular way of deploying enterprise servers and services. You can now use a single piece of server hardware to host several virtualized servers, thus allowing each of the virtual images to share the common hardware resources of the host server. Virtualization allows enterprises to increase the value of their server hardware, by effectively lowering the TCO for any individual server or application.
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Virtualized environments, by using VMware vSphere Hypervisor, have become a popular way of deploying enterprise servers and services. You can now use a single piece of server hardware to host several virtualized servers, thus allowing each of the virtual images to share the common hardware resources of the host server. Virtualization allows enterprises to increase the value of their server hardware, by effectively lowering the TCO for any individual server or application.
The virtual appliance form factor of
Layer7 API Gateway
was initially targeted as a development and test platform. It was easy to deploy and you can have a working Gateway running quickly. However, it is now feasible to run these virtualized environments in production environments, thanks to increasingly powerful and scalable hypervisor products (VMware ESX, ESXi, vSphere), coupled with enterprise-friendly resource monitoring and failover features.
This section describes best practices and preferred configurations for implementing the
Layer7 API Gateway
Virtual Appliance in a production environment.