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A10 Networks on Monday made a substantial software update to its flagship AX Series family of application delivery controllers, increasing the stakes on what A10 can bring to the table around virtualization and cloud computing in its ADC lines.
Among major updates, the AX Series now includes aVCS, a virtual chassis system that enables linear scaling of up to eight AX series appliances in a virtual cluster, and also includes support for Layer 2 and Layer 3 topologies and smoother upgrades and downgrades. Then there's Layer 2/3 Virtualization enhancements -- enabling high-performance multi-tenancy -- and an upgraded version of SoftAX, available as a download.
"The beauty of the aVCS is you can pay as you go and add actual application delivery controllers as you get bigger," said Jim Lima, A10's director of channel sales. "Partners have a choice in terms of how they want to deploy and how they can work with a customer to build out the customer's network."
The AX Series controllers further offer a performance tool called aFlow, which manages end-user requests during high-traffic conditions and queues them instead of dropping them or overloading the server, a geo-location based feature for preventing DDoS attacks from specific geographies, and a DNS catching feature that monitors and assigns policy based on the number of queries to the DNS server infrastructure.
Further debuts include DNSSEC support, A10-driven templates for enterprise data centers that use Microsoft, Oracle, Juniper and other vendor tools, a simpler GUI configuration for global server load balancing, support for Google's Chrome browser on top of the existing support for IE, Firefox and Safari, IS-IS routing support for both IPv4 and IPv6, and optional HTTP hardware compression module support for A10's AX 2500, 2600 and 3000 appliances.