& cplSiteName &

A10 Takes Aim at Kubernetes Analytics

Mitch Wagner

A10 is targeting containers with its A10 Ingress Controller for Kubernetes, providing load-balancing and analytics for cloud-native apps.

The A10 Networks Inc. Ingress Controller is designed to make it easy for application teams building microservices and container-based applications to provide load balancing and comprehensive application visibility and analytics. The software's containerized load balancer, A10 Lightning ADC, scales up and down automatically with the Kubernetes cluster, the company said.

The software collects application metrics to allow operations teams to troubleshoot faster, manage capacity planning and detect performance and security anomalies. Analytics data is displayed on the A10 Harmony portal, or through APIs to other orchestration software, A10 says.

A10's Kamal Anand
A10's Kamal Anand

Now entering its fifth year, the 2020 Vision Executive Summit is an exclusive meeting of global CSP executives focused on navigating the disruptive forces at work in telecom today. Join us in Lisbon on December 4-6 to meet with fellow experts as we define the future of next-gen communications and how to make it profitable.

The software can run anywhere Kubernetes is deployed, including public clouds such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Compute Engine, as well as private clouds running VMware and bare metal infrastructure.

F5 Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: FFIV) is the big kahuna in the application delivery controller market, leading the market. A10, which was a finalist in the 2018 Leading Lights awards for Most Innovative Security Strategy, claims better analytics, as well as security services such as SSL and DDOS protection. (See Leading Lights 2018 Finalists: Most Innovative Security Strategy.)

Another A10 competitor, Avi Networks , recently scored $60 million funding in a Series D round that included Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). (See Cisco Cracks Wallet, Joins $60M Avi Funding.)

A10's 2016 acquisition of Appcito gives it a product line competing with Avi, Kamal Anand, VP of Cloud at A10 Networks, tells Light Reading. Anand was formerly CEO of Appcito, which added support for cloud-native applications and containers to A10's previous line of application delivery controller hardware and software appliances for traditional applications. (See A10 Discloses $6.5M Appcito Purchase Price and A10 Buys Appcito for Hybrid Cloud Muscle.)

"The market is largely traditional applications, but more and more folks are building microservices applications built into containers. Having a container load balancer that understands Docker and provides container integration gives us an advantage," Anand says.

A10's customers are primarily service providers and cable operators, as well as high-end application specialists focused on the likes of gaming and social media. The company has more recently been pursuing customers in the Fortune 500, which has been dominated by F5. These markets require management tools, elasticity and ease of use, Anand says. "Just going in and saying 'I have better speeds and feeds' doesn't do it," he says.

Related posts:

— Mitch Wagner Follow me on Twitter Visit my LinkedIn profile Visit my blog Follow me on FacebookExecutive Editor, Light Reading

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Featured Video
Flash Poll
Upcoming Live Events
November 6, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
March 12-14, 2019, Denver, Colorado
April 2, 2019, New York, New York
May 6-8, 2019, Denver, Colorado
All Upcoming Live Events
Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
One Size Doesn't Fit All – Another Look at Automation for 5G
By Stawan Kadepurkar, Business Head & EVP, Hi-Tech, L&T Technology Services
Prepare Now for the 5G Monetization Opportunity
By Yathish Nagavalli, Chief Enterprise Architect, Huawei Software
Huawei Mobile Money: Improving Lives and Accelerating Economic Growth
By Ian Martin Ravenscroft, Vice President of BSS Solutions, Huawei
Dealer Agent Cloud – Empower Your Dealer & Agent to Excel
By Natalie Dorothy Scopelitis, Director of Digital Transformation, Huawei Software
All Partner Perspectives