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A10 Takes to the Cloud for App Delivery

Mitch Wagner

Four months after acquiring Appcito for its cloud application delivery controller chops, A10 Networks is introducing its own cloud-based ADC. It's A10's first cloud service, extending the company's ADC hardware appliance legacy.

The A10 Networks Inc. Lightning Application Delivery Service is a microservices-based, containerized ADC offering, providing application load balancing; application-level security for web applications, firewall and security, including bot protection; as well as analytics and automatic alerts based on application behavior. It's available as a cloud service from A10, or enterprises can run the software on their own private or hybrid clouds, or service providers can offer it as a managed service.

The A10 Lightning Application Delivery Service extends A10's existing Thunder ADC appliances to provide the flexibility needed for cloud applications, A10 said. (Lightning? Thunder? Get it?)

Lightning ADC's container and microservices architecture provides more flexibility for hardware appliances, like ADC's own Thunder line, and monolithic software applications. "Each component is faster and more agile, Kamal Anand, vice president of the cloud business unit and former Appcito CEO, tells Light Reading. Cloud operators can easily distribute ADC components to applications as needed, for example providing high security and protection for credit card verification in an e-commerce application, with less protection for people just browsing the catalog.

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"Being service aware allows you to have different policies across services, and visibility across services," Anand says. "Traditional ADCs are heavy appliances that can't fit into this model."

The Lightning ADC is available now, priced starting at $5,000 per year.

The software is priced pay-as-you-go. That should be attractive to service providers deploying NFV services but unhappy about having to pay to license software whether the service is deployed or not. "It's a consumption-based model. If I have a bigger customer I pay, rather than paying and hoping that a customer comes," Anand says. And enterprises can start small and pay more as they grow. (See The Virtual Business Process: A Dilemma.)

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